MSCA Expressions of interest, Research Center EThoS, University of Verona

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme at the RESEARCH CENTER ETHOS

Call for the Expression of Interest

The Research Center EThoS (Ethics and Technology of the Self) at the University of Verona warmly encourages young promising scholars to present expressions of interest to apply jointly for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-IF).

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship

Funded under Horizon Europe Programme, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships are the main tool to support the transnational mobility and career development of the most talented researchers.

All research topics can be funded: from physics to life sciences, from humanities to mathematics. The grant covers the remuneration costs for the researchers (with an allowance for researchers with family), and the costs for training, research, and networking.

There are two types of fellowship:

  1. European Fellowships: They are open to researchers of any nationality and any country, who decide to come to the University of Verona for a period of 12-24 months.

  2. Global Fellowships: They are open to researchers of European nationality or long-term residents in Europe. The fellowship includes a period of 12-24 months in an extra-European institution and a period of 12 months back to the University of Verona. 


To be eligible to the 2021 MSCA Postdoctoral fellowship the researcher must meet the following conditions:

  • To hold a PhD title at the call deadline (12 October 2021)

  • To have less than 8 years research experience after PhD

  • For European Fellowship: Not to have resided or carried their main activity in Italy for more than 12 in the 36 months before call deadline (12 October 2021).

  • For Global Fellowship: Not to have resided or carried their main activity in the selected third country for more than 12 in the 36 months before call deadline AND to be a EU citizen or long-term resident.

Candidates are expected to be fluent in English, to have excellent teamwork attitude, organizational skills, and ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment.

For further information:

The Host institution

The University of Verona is a public higher education institute with about 24.500 students and 1.500 teaching and administrative/technical staff. The institution was founded in the 1950s and in 1982 it was established as an autonomous State University. 

The Department of Human Science promotes interdisciplinary research in a vibrant, supportive, and engaging environment. Research areas include anthropology, philosophy, pedagogy, psychology, political science, and sociology, both at the national and international level. Under the Horizon 2020 program (2014-2020), the University of Verona has hosted 14 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual fellowships (9 European fellowships and 5 Global fellowships), while the Department has hosted 2 European and 3 Global.

The Research Center EThoS is a dynamic, multidisciplinary initiative of the Department of Human Science gathering philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, and computer scientists. Its mission is devoted to investigating the most pressing issues of contemporary ethics and epistemology with a special focus on the role of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and information technology. Among its members there are former recipients of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship and scholars with a long mentorship experience.

Areas of Interest

We welcome applicants for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships supported by our Center as host institution. 

We especially encourage expressions of interest in the following research areas:

  • Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

  • Epistemology of Machine Learning

  • History and Foundations of computational thought

  • Explainable Artificial Intelligence

  • The interaction between human and artificial agents

  • The philosophy of mind and cognition vis-a-vis new technologies

  • The redefinition of the subject in the infosphere

Selected candidates will be offered full academic and administrative support from the Research Center EThoS, the Department of Human Sciences, and the University of Verona Research Office during the process of proposal development and submission.


Candidates should send to the center director Prof. Massimiliano Badino:

  1. A cover letter

  2. A short CV including personal data (name, date of birth, present position)

  3. A research proposal (max 2 pages)


The Center decides whether to accept the applicant and to support the application after an academic evaluation by its scientific board. The result (positive or negative) will be communicated to the applicants as soon as possible.

Further information


Fellows will be offered an office, full access to the university book and software library, support for administrative and visa-related issues, assistance during relocation.