European researchers can learn a lot from conducting high-level research in other parts of the world. Marie Curie Actions offers International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development.IOFs fund advanced training. In particular, they include a salary for the researcher and a contribution to research-related costs. Financial support can be given for up to 3 years in all. This includes an initial outgoing phase of 1-2 years in a Third Country followed by a mandatory reintegration phase of 1 year. In other words, you will be committing yourself to return to an EU Member State or an Associated Country. Your host organisation should be a university, research centre or enterprise established and located in a Third Country (for the out going phase) and another one in an EU or Associated Country (for the return phase).
IOFs are for researchers who are nationals of EU Member States and Associated Countries. However researchers from Other Third Countries who have been residing and carrying out their main activity in Member States or Associated countries for at least the 5 years prior to the submission deadline are also eligible for this action. To apply, you must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years’ full-time equivalent research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate. But more experienced is welcomed, it will not affect your chances of obtaining an IOF