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Marie Sklowdowska-Curie COFUND

A new intersectoral training, career development and mobility fellowship which focuses on the research strengths and expertise of the Institute in the area of gut microbiota and their role in human health and disease.


APEX is a postdoctoral fellowship Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) COFUND programme, based at the APC Microbiome Institute at the University College Cork (UCC), and cofunded by H2020.

The APEX programme will offer 20 prestigious two-year postdoctoral fellowships for incoming mobility across two calls over the 60 months’ duration of the programme. Fellowships will be targeted at experienced researchers (ERs). All fellows will be hosted in an APC academic host organisation (University College Cork, Teagasc Moorepark or Cork Institute of Technology) and will be required to complete a mandatory secondment in a relevant industry host.

Fellowships will be offered in the four thematic APC research areas of ‘Microbes to Molecules’, ‘Diet and Microbes at the Extremes of Life’, ‘Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis’ and ‘Host-Microbe Dialogue’. Adhering to the MSCA principle of ‘individual-driven mobility’, APEX applicants will have the freedom to choose their research topic (within the remit of the APC), their supervisor and their secondment organisation. Secondments will be relevant to the fellows’ research project and their career development.

There will be two calls under the APEX programme- January 2018 and January 2019.


The 1st call will be published in January 2018. There will be 10 fellowships awarded in this call.