Supervisors - description of tasks and requirements

As part of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie proposal (Individual Fellowships, IF), the fellow must describe the host institution as well as the supervisor with a fair level of details. A supervisor is the research team leader, located at the host organization (UiT), supervising and supporting the visiting fellow during the whole duration of the project. He/she will moreover be the main contact person for the Research Executive Agency (REA) in the Commission concerning the submitted proposal (e.g. for additional information, invitation to hearings, sending of evaluation results and invitation to negotiations), together with the coordinators of the Arctic MCSA-IF program (Theresa Mikalsen & Þorbjörg Hróarsdóttir, AFU).

This brief memo will provide an overview of the tasks normally related to the role of being a supervisor of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (IF) in Horizon 2020.

Before the Proposal:

It is very advisable that the supervisor and the fellow meet before the proposal is written. This is appropriate in order to match expectations and agree on the project details. AFU will organize a Symposium for potential Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellows and their coming supervisors May 30 and 31, 2018. This is a unique opportunity to have one-to-one sessions and to consult different experts for guidance.

The Proposal:

The project proposal is prepared by the fellow in liaison with the host organization (UiT) which is represented by the supervisor. A proposal should be submitted by the fellow provided that he/she has the approval of the host organization. As part of the proposal a Personal Career Development Plan should be established by the fellow and the supervisor in order to ensure the provision of the research training program and research objectives that best suits the needs of the fellow. As these individual fellowships main aim is to further career opportunities for the fellows, it is crucial that the plan is ambitious, yet realistic and concrete. It is also important that it is an actual plan, and it convincingly argues why/how the proposed measures could improve the career of the fellow.


As part of the proposal there is a section dedicated to the quality of the host and specifically the supervisor. Here the host and in particular the supervisor must demonstrate a track record of previous training achievements, especially at an advanced level within the field of research. It is very important to write this part in close collaboration between the fellow and the supervisor in order to make sure that all relevant information is provided. Moreover, it is important to demonstrate the involvement of the supervisor; a clear involvement signals a convincing level of commitment by the host and the supervisor. Please note, that it is not possible to have more than one host institution as well as supervisor. However, a research team related to the supervisor can be presented in the proposal and the researchers within this team may also provide supervision and feed-back to the fellow during the fellowship.

During the project:

It is expected that the supervisor will be mentoring the fellow according to the presented activities in the proposal (at a minimum). Regular meetings and discussions on the status of the project is highly recommended in order to monitor the progress of the project activities. 


Any questions in relation to the Arctic MSCA-IF program can be directed to Theresa Mikalsen & Þorbjörg Hróarsdóttir, AFU.



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