Fellows Initiative Natural Sciences (FINS)

Fellows Initiative Natural Sciences (FINS)


Microscope photos and a photo with flasks. PhotoA career for junior scientists in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim.

The Faculty of Natural Sciences at NTNU set up the FINS initiative in 2014 to identify and support excellent junior scientists from outside Norway to pursue an academic research career. Specifically, the initiative provides a framework for the applicant and the academic host to submit applications for Marie Sklodowska Curie Action (MSCA) Individual Fellowships.


FINS initiative in 2021

The FINS-initiative in 2021 will primarily involve three components:

  • Academic staff at NV faculty identify excellent candidates through their scientific network until the 10th of May 2021.
  • A seminar will be arranged on the 26th & 27th of May, where fellows and hosts will have opportunity to discuss possible joint projects in more detail. These discussions will be complemented with sessions on how to write Marie Curie applications and learn about NTNU as an academic institution and employer. Due to current travel restrictions the seminar will be held virtually.
  • During the proposal development phase (from beginning of June until submission deadline early September 2021), the academic staff and fellows will be supported in their proposal development by experienced reviewers and EU advisors.

If travel restrictions are lifted later this year, the hosts will have the possibility to invite the fellows to Trondheim to discuss the projects in detail and visit the local research infrastructure – as well as Trondheim. All reasonable travel and accommodation expenses for the fellows will be covered by the initiative.


What we offer to those submitting an MSCA fellowship application

The NV faculty appreciates that applications for MSCA fellowships are highly competitive and sometimes even an outstanding candidate may not be successful. Therefore, the faculty has decided to support the FINS initiative with a postdoctoral position fully funded for two years. This position will be awarded to the applicant with the highest score for the MSCA application submitted, which is not funded by the European Commission.


What we offer to successful MSCA-Fellows

Successful MSCA fellowship applicants can be offered at least one additional year of employment at NTNU on top of the EU-funded 2-year MSCA-fellowship, with the expectation that the fellow develops and submits an ERC-application to be held at NTNU. If the ERC application is successful, the NV faculty will advertise an associate professor tenure-track position precisely in the area of research covered by the ERC-funded research project at the end of fellowship phase.


Formal eligibility requirements for MSCA-applications

  • You need to have a doctoral degree or at least four years full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline in September.
  • You can only apply if you have NOT resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 3 years preceding the application deadline in September 2021. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. If any questions exist about these formal requirements, the academic staff involved at NTNU will be able to clarify this.