Yufe4Postdocs (Y4P) is an ambitious training programme co-funded by Horizon Europe’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme. It is part of the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) Alliance, which brings together nine young research-intensive universities from across Europe. They are collaborating to contribute to a more competitive, innovative and united Europe.

YUFE4Postdocs aims to train future proof researchers, building bridges between academia and society. It features a novel evaluation procedure based primarily on qualitative judgement and offers an attractive training including interactive stakeholder engagement seminars and a variety of joint transferable skills training sessions.

The YUFE universities are pleased to announce two calls for postdoctoral research positions in all disciplines, with a project addressing one or more  urban opportunities and challenges. Postdocs will carry out their projects anchored in a YUFE host university of their choice. They will define and develop their projects within YUFE focus areas: Sustainability; Digital Society, Citizens’ Wellbeing; and European Identity.

In total, 51 positions are offered for researchers appointed across nine universities.  Selected YUFE postdocs can conduct a research training project in a broad range of disciplines.  The target audience of both calls are promising researchers that have obtained their PhD a maximum of 6 years before the call deadline.

The programme offers a number of benefits for postdoctoral researchers. These include:

  • Attractive employment conditions, including 36-month appointments
  • A three-pillar training programme on community engagement, stakeholder interaction, Open Science and Open Innovation
  • Personalised supervision and career guidance
  • Support from stakeholder organisations involved as Associated Partners. Six business organisations and ten city and regional councils will contribute to the training program.
  • Implementation by an EU-wide, experienced consortium

Key information is in the YUFE4Postdocs Information leaflet


The second call is now open, addressing candidates in all disciplines that frame their research project in an urban context in the focus domains of ‘Citizens’ wellbeing’ or ‘European Identity’. Selected postdocs for call 2 will be appointed in September 2024, or soon after. The call will close on 20th December 2023.

The YUFE4Postdocs information webinar (Call 2) is available here.

Discover a potential supervisor and co-supervisor in the host research groups in all YUFE universities. Please consult the Inventory or contact a local Navigator.

About YUFE

The YUFE Alliance connects nine young research-intensive universities located across Europe.

The YUFE partners came together based on their shared dedication to the European spirit, their common aim to contribute to a more competitive, innovative and united Europe and their ambition to help address today’s challenges.  They collaborate since 2019 as a first generation European University Initiative and recently entered a new phase with renewed support of 2022 ERASMUS.

YUFE University Partners are Maastricht University, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Universidad Carlos III De Madrid, University of Antwerp, University of Bremen, University of Cyprus, University of Eastern Finland, University of Essex, University of Rijeka