MSCA DN: Doctoral Networks

The MSCA Doctoral Networks is a consortium-based project where Principal Investigators organize network-wide advanced training of PhD-students.

The next Call, MSCA-2023-DN will open on 30th May 2023 with deadline 28 November 2023 (preliminary dates). 


For latest update and information on the UK's participation in Horizon Europe please check updated guidance by UKRO Factsheet and the Horizon Europe Guarantee Guidance.  


As of September 3, 2021 Switzerland will be treated as non-associated Third Country in Horizon Europe,and therefore cannot be Beneficiary. Swiss organizations can participate in Doctoral Networks within MSCA as "Associated Partner", and the costs covered by the State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI). The status may change; for information and updates see the link below "Switzerland: Info, Q&A on Swiss participation in Horizon Europe". 


The MSCA-DN are training networks for doctoral candidates (PhD students). The MSCA-DN have three subtypes:
1. Doctotral Networks (DN);
2. Doctoral Networks - Industrial Doctorate (DN-ID);
3. Doctoral Networks - Joint Doctorate (DN-JD).

Applicants are Principal Investigators who are willing to coordinate or participate as a part of a Consortium, to recruit PhD student(s). Each application allows a maximum number of 10 PhD students (Doctoral Networks) or maximum 15 PhD students (Industrial Doctorate or Joint Doctorate), per project consortium. When applying with KI for a DN, the research must be performed under KI's premises, and the PI employed or affiliated to KI. If the research is to be performed under the University Hospital's premise, the host of the application should be Region Stockholm and not KI. In that case, contact for discussion. 

New to the DN compared to the previous ITN is that all students recruited to the consortium must be enrolled in a PhD program.

  • If you are applying for DN (Doctoral Network): please send a signed KI Application Assurance form to You can download the form below under Documents.
  • If you are applying for DN-JD (Joint Doctorate): see below for JD instructions
  • If you are applying for DN-ID (Industrial Doctorate): please contact 

Joint Doctorate (DN-JD)

To participate as a PI in an application for the Joint Doctorate within the MSCA-DN, you (the PI) need a Pre-Agreement from KI, issued by the Committee for Doctoral Education signed by the The Academic Vice President of Doctoral Education and Authorised Legal Representative at KI.

To be considered for and receive a signed Pre-Agreement from KI regarding DN-JD within MSCA, the PI needs to:

  1. Submit your declarations according to KI's internal instructions for DN-JD to Lotta Lundqvist at KI's International Office by October 3, 2022 at the latest. 
  2. Send a signed KI application assurance form to Ying Zhao at Grants Office and cc Lotta Lundqvist also by October 3, 2022 at the latest.

Eligibility & Mobility Rules 

The doctoral candidates (PhD-students) must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. The recruitment date is the date the PhD student starts receiving salary from the project. This means that the PhD student must move to Sweden/KI for their PhD studies, and cannot have been at KI for more than one year before they start their employment in the project and receive salary from the project. 

Budget DN-2022

The DN consortium allows maximum 40% of the total budget to be allocated to the same country or international organization.

The DN budget for Sweden is approximately 293,710 Euros per PhD student for three years. It can be used during the entire DN project period but not allowed to be stretched out to cover the remaining (4th) year of KI's PhD program. It is a contribution to partially cover the training costs directly linked to the PhD student, during the three DN years in forms of:

  • Living, Mobility and Family Allowances: Salary categories for the PhD student
  • Research/Training/Networking Costs category: to train the PhD student, used for consumables, conference fees etc.
  • Management/Indirect Costs category: to cover (partially, approx 7%) of the overhead after the consortia redistribute the budgets, a common practice within DNs.

The DN program also have two additional allowance categories linked to the PhD student:

  • Long-term leave allowance for the beneficiary in case of the PhD student's long term leave e.g. parental leave
  • Special Needs Allowance for additional costs not covered by social security or health insurance

Please be aware that the MSCA-DN supports only 36 months of KI’s 48-month PhD program. The Living, Mobility and Family Allowances as well as the Research/Training/Networking budgets generate Indirect costs (INDI/overhead) at KI that the DN grant cannot fully cover. It is common within DN Consortiums that the Coordinator retains a part of your Management/Indirect Costs budget to manage the Consortium, therefore you will not receive all of your Management/Indirect Costs budget for use at KI. Approximately 450,000 SEK of co-financing is needed to cover top-up of the salary per student as well as indirect costs (INDI) at KI, that is not fully covered by the DN's Management/Indirect Costs budget. Also, the remaining 12 months of KI’s 4-year PhD program must be financed with other grants. For this reason a signed KI Application Assurance form is required, for which your department will do an operational and financial capacity check.

KI's Participant Identification Code (PIC): 999978530

KI’s Legal address, Nobels väg 5 is registered with the PIC and shown automatically. Please make sure that you provide this correct PIC number and do not create a new one.

Documents and links

KI specific:

For questions contact

Ying Zhao