Become a Host

Hosts in Scientia Fellows are researchers at UiO institutes, centres and groups characterised by scientific excellence, quality in postdoctoral training and very good infrastructure.

Scientia Fellows is a postdoctoral fellowships programme co-funded by the European Commission's Marie Sklodowska-Curie action in Horizon 2020. The programme can employ as many as 100 postdoctoral Fellows during 2019–2024.
All Fellows will be employed by the University of Oslo, Faculty of Medicine. The work will be performed in participating Host organisations.

What does Scientia Fellows offer?

  • Co-financed post-doctoral positions: all Fellows will be employed by the UiO. There is a possibility to share the hosting costs between the partners in outgoing fellowship type or combine own financing with other non-EU sources for both mobility types.
  • Access to excellent candidates from all over the world.
  • Enhanced internationalisation and networking.
  • Cross-sectoral cooperation. Encouragement for secondments/study visits out of academia, e.g collaboration on research activities with other sectors, such as industry, public and SME-sectors.
  • Attractive positions: Marie Sklodowska-Curie status – a quality stamp for a researcher`s resume and future career.
  • Full-time employment contracts for Fellows 12-36 months.
  • Access to extensive transferable skills courses (Postdoctoral programme and School of Health Innovation).
  • Incoming Fellowship – for postdoctoral researchers from all over the world* who apply to work at the University of Oslo (UiO) for 12-36 months.

  • Outgoing Fellowship - for postdoctoral researchers from all over the world* who apply to work in a host organisation outside of Norway (academic or other sector) for 12-24 months. The researcher will continue with a second phase at UiO for a period of 12 months.

  • During the fellowship period, secondments or short visits to non-academic sector (e.g. industry, governmental organisations, healthcare, business, SMEs) are possible and strongly encouraged.

    *MSCA rule applies, i.e. applicant cannot have lived or worked in the target Host country for more than 12 months in the last 3 years prior to the Call deadline.

Picture of call-4 timeline. Call opens for fellow applications 1 February until 30 April. Then the applications goes through an eligibility check and evaluation before the selection committee concludes in July. Also explained in text


Who can become a Host?

The programme is open to UiO researchers (the Faculty of Medicine) and their collaborating partners from all over the world, willing to take part in Scientia Fellows mobility scheme. The programme supports a part of the total fellowships' costs. Hosts must have the financial capacity to cover the remaining costs.

For more information contact:

Responsibilities of a Host

Being a Host in the Scientia Fellows programme involves specific responsibilities.

The Host is committed to:

  • Accept the contribution from the programme and cover the remaining costs of the fellowship.
  • Provide research support to Fellows, in particular regarding infrastructure, equipment and other services necessary for conducting the proposed research.
  • Provide mentoring and access to training offered by the Host organisations.
  • You may be asked, together with your Fellow, to provide the Scientia Fellows Office with copies or reference numbers to relevant ethics approvals that must be in place before the project starts.

When receiving a Fellow:

  • Your Fellow will be assigned a HR case officer at the institute/center where they will be employed, who will handle the employment contract.
  • When receiving a Fellow, UiOs International Staff Mobility Office can offer support (e.g. information about visa and work permits, researcher housing, relevant courses for international staff etc.)
  • Scientia Fellows have, together with other postdoctoral fellows at the Faculty of Medicine, access to courses under the Postdoctoral program and School of Health Innovation.
  • Fellows will have access to research costs (driftsmidler) which are meant to cover expenses related to their research project, in addition to training and networking activities (participation on conferences, network meetings et cetera).

How to become a Host

The programme is closed for applications from potential Hosts.

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This is a 3-step process. You need to:

1. Contact your group's financial controller to confirm your budget.

2. Sign a 'financial declaration' together with a legal representative (Institute leader/Head of Administration) from the Institute/Center at the Faculty of Medicine, UiO where the Fellow will be employed, guaranteeing for your share of the expenses of the fellowship. Find the financial declaration form here. 

3. Fill in the online form below (data about the offered positions) - deadline: 19 January 2022

Online form for hosting incoming fellow 

Online for hosting outgoing fellow 

  • You must decide and have approved by the Scientia Fellows Office (SFO) a 'broad thematic area' and an optional sub-thematic area for the position(s) you are announcing. They will be published on a Call website.
  • The announcement will contain a link to the Scientist in Charge of the position and the group – so please remember to have an updated personal page and group profile in English.

4. Scientia Fellows Office gets back to you with a confirmation.

How to involve an industrial partner?

As a COFUND the programme is also open for industry to partner with UiO researchers (Hosts) and their collaborating partners. Sharing a research vision and thematic interest, the industry partner may support part of the total fellowships' costs in exchange for certain rights to the results.

A Letter of Intent regulating how to handle intellectual property and publishing rights should be signed between the parties prior to publication of the post-doc position.

For more information and support contact: Nicolay Bérard-Andersen

Fellow and host at work
Professor and Scientia Fellows Host Arnoldo Frigessi guides Scientia Fellow Alvaro Köhn-Luque. Read about Köhn-Luques Scientia Fellows experience in this interview. Photo: Øystein Horgmo/UiO



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Grant agreement No 801133

Published June 26, 2014 2:49 PM - Last modified Apr. 28, 2022 1:55 PM