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MSCA Guidelines on Supervision

This webpage will help you understand the role of the MSCA Guidelines on Supervision. You will learn

  • what general principles inform the guidelines
  • why effective supervision is important to the MSCA
  • how institutions and supervisors can apply the guidelines

What are the MSCA Guidelines on Supervision?

As the EU’s flagship programme for the mobility and training of researchers, the MSCA promotes effective supervision, mentoring and appropriate career guidance. The MSCA Guidelines on Supervision are a set of recommendations for individuals and institutions who receive MSCA funding.

These guidelines are in line with the principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code).

General supervision principles

The Guidelines on Supervision should be considered from the outset, in the planning phase of your research project. They continue to apply throughout the lifetime of the project.

Specific provisions for supervisors, researchers and institutions are provided, on aspects such as

  • integration of researchers
  • research support
  • career development
  • mentoring and wellbeing of researchers
  • communication and conflict resolution
  • training and professional development of supervisors

Excellent supervision for research careers

The MSCA Guidelines on Supervision serve as a reference to ensure that researchers receive adequate supervision throughout the duration of their research project.

  • Supervision is an essential element of successful research. It is of high importance for researchers’ career advancement.
  • Good supervision contributes to creating a supportive environment for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers as well as research staff to conduct their work.
  • Guidance, support, direction, advice and mentorship from experienced personnel are key enablers for someone embarking on or restarting a career in research.

Code of good practice

All participants are expected to adhere to these guidelines on a best-effort basis, taking into account differing situations, disciplines, levels of experience and training of researchers.

The MSCA guidelines complement other initiatives and codes of practice, which exist at institutional level.