Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

University of Lapland, Finland is offering to host MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sustainability, Environmental Rights and Climate Justice in Arctic Governance

    15/06/2021 16:00 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Finland, Sodankylä
    University of Lapland
    Arctic Centre
    Arctic Governance Research Group

University of Lapland, Finland

is offering to host Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship

in the area of

“Sustainability, Environmental Rights and Climate Justice in Arctic Governance” (SERCJAG)


You are a talented highly motivated researcher looking for a host organisation for your MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship

The MSCA postdoctoral 2021 call deadline is 15 September 2021 (tbc).

General information about Marie Curie actions is available at: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/msca-actions_en.

We are looking for are candidates who have:

  • a doctoral degree (PhD) or at least 4 years’ full-time research experience by the call deadline 15 September 2021 (TBC)
  • at the call deadline, supported researchers must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date of award of the doctoral degree. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave), will not count towards the amount of research experience.
  • have not been/lived in Finland for more than 12 months in the 3 years before 15 September 2021.
  • are committed to live in Rovaniemi, Lapland during your fellowship and work with us
  • Have an interest in our research areas listed below and demonstrate a solid background that matches, complements and adds to the research areas
  • You have sufficient Proficiency in English.
  • Other language skills in languages used in the Arctic region (incl. indigenous languages) are an asset.


You, as a potential MSCA fellow will be fully integrated into the above-mentioned research group. You will also benefit from a wide range of research and academic activities and in collaboration with other research projects. You are also invited to take part in the supervision of ongoing Doctoral, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degree Theses and teaching. Naturally,, you will be encouraged to attend international conferences, workshops, research collaboration events, project planning, and other meetings within the international networks of the University of Lapland as is the spirit of the MSCA-IF program. We offer selected MSCA-IF candidates and potential Fellows an International Academic host institution equipped with excellent research facilities and infrastructure and professional support for societal integration for the fellows and their families. We are committed to the mentoring, support, content, and feedback to produce an excellent jointly written MSCA post-doctoral fellowship proposal to the European Commission.


The Arctic Governance Research Group (ARGO) is inviting expressions of interest for a joint application for one (1) MSCA IF for two (2) years starting in spring 2022. The Arctic Governance Research Group is part of the Arctic Centre (AC), one of the premier research institutions focusing on social sciences in the Arctic. As part of the University of Lapland (ULapland), the northernmost university of the European Union, and of the Lapland University Consortium (LUC), the Arctic Centre is an interdisciplinary institution that consists of seven units. The largest of these units is the Arctic Governance Research Group. Including visiting and project researchers, the research group consists of around 30 researchers from 15 countries, who cover different aspects of Arctic governance through their respective disciplines, such as international relations, political science, international law, land use planning, geography, migration studies, tourism studies or economics. The interdisciplinary research group is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Stefan Kirchner, Research Professor of Arctic Law. For more information, see the websites of the University of Lapland (https://www.ulapland.fi/EN), the Arctic Centre (https://www.arcticcentre.org/EN), and of the Arctic Governance Research Group (https://www.arcticcentre.org/EN/research/governance).


We are looking for a projects proposal that

  • promises a high degree of excellence and quality and which will have a positive practical impact for the people who live in the Arctic and that maximize the expected outcomes and impacts, in particular beyond the academic sector,
  • has objectives regarding research and innovation that go beyond the state of the art,
  • is based on a sound methodology, with a particular focus on interdisciplinarity,
  • demonstrates that there will be a two-way exchange of knowledge between the fellow and the host institution,
  • promises to advance the researcher’s career and employability,

and for a researcher who

  • has already obtained a high level of experience and skills which is demonstrated by a solid track record, in particular through high quality publications,
  • with experience in the Arctic c, sustainability and/or climate justice,
  • with relevant practical work experience outside the academic sector being an asset.

Together, we will work to create a high quality application together, which will build on the strengths of the researcher and the host institution. The joint application will emphasize excellence (50%), impact (30%) and high quality implementation (20%). If the MSCA-IF application is successful, the researcher will be fully integrated into the Arctic Governance Research Group and the Arctic Centre’s interdisciplinary research community.


The fellowship is open to all disciplines, and is particularly suited for post-doctoral researchers in the following research areas:

  • law, especially international law, in particular Arctic law, environmental law and human rights
  • political sciences, especially international relations
  • Arctic governance
  • sustainability and sustainable development
  • climate justice
  • environmental protection


Researchers with a good scientific background are encouraged to contact us and to submit an email to stefan.kirchner@ulapland.fi with the subject line “SERCJAG21 MSCA Proposal”, with the following attachments in PDF format:

  1. CV,
  2. Letter of motivation reflecting you candidacy for MSCA IF Fellowship including information on your research and career interests and goals
  3. Outline of a proposal suggestion within the aforementioned framework of “Sustainability, Environmental Rights and Climate Justice in Arctic Governance”
  4. List of publications
  5. List of other academic merits (presentations, awards etc.)
  6. Link to public academic profile or CV (e.g. institutional or personal website, LinkedIn etc.)

no later than June 15, 2021.


More info available at https://www.ulapland.fi/EN/Webpages/MSCA


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