Apply for a MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Games and Gamification at Tampere University

Colorful human figures attached to each other. Photo: Jonne Renvall
Photo: Jonne Renvall

At Tampere University, more than a hundred staff members from three faculties are involved in game-related research that encompasses game studies, gamification, playfulness, game-based learning, gameful and persuasive technologies, gameful design and more. The ten professors that lead the body of researchers welcome, once again, applicants to join and actively co-develop successful applications to the The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA PF) program.

Tampere University is the second largest university in Finland, and almost all recognised fields of study are represented here. Game culture and gamification have been recognized as one of the spearheads of the University, and we are the only body of research at Tampere University that holds both Centre of Excellence and Flagship status by the Research Council of Finland. Research excellence stems from capable, diverse and multidisciplinary people, supportive work culture and world-class research infrastructure. Our home city Tampere has been ranked as the most attractive city in Finland for living and studying.


Generally speaking, the fellowships are aimed for excellent postdoctoral researchers searching for international career development options from EU Member States, or Horizon Europe Associated Countries (e.g. United Kingdom, Ukraine, Türkiye, Norway and Israel). The fellowships are open to researchers of any nationality, and their standard duration is between 12 and 24 months. Our supervisors (see list below) are looking for ambitious candidates from any disclipine interested in linking games and gamification with e.g. cultural, managerial, educational, technological or design aspects.

Gross salary for a successful MSCA PF candidate typically varies between 5300-5800 € per month. In addition, there is a possibility to apply e.g. family allowance and special needs allowance.


You are eligible to apply, if you 1) have a PhD degeree at the date of the call deadline, 2) have a maximum of eight years of full-time postdoctoral research experience, 3) have not resided in Finland for more than 12 months in the 36 months preceeding the call deadline, and 4) have not received a score below 70% as MSCA PF applicant in the 2023 call.

When applying, first check your eligibility. Then communicate with a suitable supervisor about your research and fellowship idea, our candidates in games and gamification are listed below. Once you have agreed to apply for a fellowship with your supervisor, contact Tampere University Preaward Team preaward [at] with the subject “MSCA PF”. They will take it from there and admit you to the Masterclass 2024.


April 23rd, 2024: Call opens
May 14th, 2024: MSCA PF Masterclass starts
September 11th, 2024: Call deadline
February 2025: Call results
April 2025: First projects start


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General (any topic)
• Professor Juho Hamari
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• Professor Frans Mäyrä
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• Professor Olli Sotamaa
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Data and software
• Senior Research Fellow Timo Nummenmaa
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• Professor Kristian Kiili
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• Associate Professor Tomi Jaakkola
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• Assistant professor Muhterem Dindar
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Management, business, economics
• Professor Henri Pirkkalainen
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• Assistant professor Nannan Xi
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Technology and Design
• Associate Professor Johanna Virkki
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• Assistant professor Oğuz “Oz” Buruk
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Urban and Augmented spaces
• Assistant Professor Mattia Thibault
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Coaching is of paramount importance to any MSCA application. Writing my project at Tampere University was a unique experience that contributed to the application’s success. Professor, researchers and university staff have been helpful, encouraging and they patiently guided me through the whole process, answering immediately all my questions. With their great experience, they helped me to structure, strengthen and enrich my proposal, offering valuable advice from a practical and a methodological perspective. Last but not least, Gamification Group’s environment is an ideal place for a researcher, as it is friendly, inspirational, supportive and a source of great research opportunities.”

Nikoletta Zampeta Legaki, Gamification Group member, MSCA-IF grantee with the project GANDALF

Coaching is a fundamental asset for any MSCA application. While I was writing my project at Tampere University, researchers and staff have been invaluable advisors: inspiring me and helping strengthen my project both from a practical and methodological perspective. (…) At the Gamification Group I found a dynamic and supportive environment to develop ReClaim, a place full of stimulating discussions and great research opportunities.

Mattia Thibault, MSCA-IF grantee with the project ReClaim.

Preparing my MSCA-IF application was an intense and gratifying experience. While I could focus on writing a research proposal that intersects topics that I am passionate about, having such collective support in this process boosted my application towards this fruitful outcome. For instance, Tampere University’s research services guidance allowed me to understand further what evaluators expect from the proposal and how to address these points through an online workshop and follow-up meetings. Meanwhile, Professor Hamari and Gamification Group researchers’ expertise also ensured the proposal’s quality by introducing different perspectives and providing valuable advice in methodological and practical aspects. Despite the pandemics, the provided support and the collaborative environment made the whole process so enjoyable that I cannot wait to start implementing GamInclusive.

Ana Klock, MSCA-IF grantee with the project GamInclusive.

 “I witnessed one of the best experiences as a supervisee while preparing my application for MSCA-IF. Together with my four colleagues from different parts of the world, we were guided by the research services of Tampere University in a 2-day grant-writing workshop followed by a pleasant dinner in Tampere. Still, the workshop was only the hands-on part of this longitudinal support as I had been continuously and rigorously supervised by Juho Hamari, supported by the experts in research services and also by the colleagues in Gamification Group. As a result of this process, GG now hosts three successful MSCA-IF grantees who will also be of help for future applicants.

Oğuz Turan Buruk, MSCA-IF grantee with the project WEARTUAL.

The MSCA-IF process was one of the most professional and supportive experiences I’ve had the joy to encounter. The enthusiasm and coaching provided by the team at the Gamification Group and TAU’s research services team was sustained over a four-month period from the original workshop right through to the final submission. The coaching I received from my supervisor, Professor Juho Hamari was worth its weight in gold in terms of practical and methodological advice in shaping a compelling research proposal. And in my particular case, my project wasn’t successful in its first attempt, but the Gamification Group and TAU believed in me and the project, and supported me in resubmitting an improved proposal the following year – and here we are with a funded project.

Marigo Raftopoulos, MSCA-IF grantee with the project Augmented-Humans.

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