Scholarship Programme for Young Researchers 2014

Deadline: 31 March 2014

Open to: Young Researchers from European Neighbouring Countries
Scholarship: travel expenses, health insurance, research expenditures, accommodation, food, and other expenses

Universities of the Coimbra Group offer short-term visits to young researchers from higher education institutions from countries in the European Neighbourhood. The main aim of this scholarship programme is to enable scholars to undertake research in which they are engaged in their home institution and to help them to establish academic and research contacts.

The eligible countries for the 2014/2015 edition are the following: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Serbia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The following Coimbra Group Universities are participating in the 2014 edition of the Coimbra Group Scholarship Programme:

  • University of Granada, Spain
  • University of Graz, Austria
  • University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
  • University of Jena, Germany
  • KU Leuven, Belgium
  • University of Padova, Italy
  • University of Poitiers, France
  • University of Salamanca, Spain
  • University of Tartu, Estonia

Applicants must fulfil all the following criteria:

  • be under the age of 35
  • be nationals of and current residents in one of the above-listed countries
  • be current academic staff members of a university or an equivalent higher education institution located in one of the above-listed countries and be of postdoctoral or equivalent status, although some institutions may offer opportunities to doctoral students

Application Procedure
Candidates may apply for one university only. Multiple applications will not be considered valid. Only the universities listed in the table below are taking part in the 2014 edition of the Coimbra Group Scholarship Programme. Applicants will be able to fill in the on-line registration until 31 March 2014 on the Coimbra Group web site:

Applicants are not expected to provide any documents at this stage, although they may be requested to do so by the university they have applied for at a later stage. Candidates must indicate the name and contact details of an academic supervisor at the host university and provide proof of acceptance (a letter or e-mail) by this supervisor where it is clearly stated that he/she is willing to supervise the work of the candidate during the research stay at the Coimbra Group University.

This letter should be uploaded on the application form. Applications which do not fulfil this requirement will not be considered. Information should be submitted in English. After submitting the on-line application a confirmation message will automatically be sent to the e-mail address provided by the candidate. This will be your acknowledgement of receipt. The Coimbra Group Office will not individually acknowledge each application received.

Please read this before applying: Information Brochure: Eligibility and Conditions

Online Application Form HERE !

Selection Procedure

The administrative check of applications will be undertaken by the Coimbra Group Office in order to select candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. The selection of candidates will be undertaken by the host universities. When selection has been agreed upon, the host university may send a letter of invitation directly to the successful candidate. The Coimbra Group Office will contact all candidates and inform them about the result of their application. Successful candidates currently employed by a University are responsible for ensuring that their home institution will grant them leave of absence to undertake the proposed visit.

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1 – Applicants must provide the name and contact details of an academic supervisor in the receiving Coimbra Group University who will supervise their work during their stay abroad. If you do not have any contacts, we suggest you visit the website of your chosen institution or get in touch with the contact person whose email address is indicated in the brochure. The Coimbra Group Office is not in the position to provide assistance in this.
2 – All applicants must provide a letter of acceptance (to be submitted together with your application) written by the academic supervisor or administrative unit of the host university where you would like to carry out the proposed working plan. The letter should state that the supervisor is willing to work with you in case you obtain a Coimbra Group Scholarship.
3 – Applicants can select one institution only. Multiple applications from the same candidate will be rejected.
4 – Please fill in your application form only when you have all the data available (i.e. name of and letter of acceptance by supervisor at Coimbra Group University, etc.). Incomplete applications will be rejected, no exceptions will be made.
5 – The dates of your stay should be agreed upon between the applicant and the academic supervisor at the Coimbra Group University. Typically this will be during the academic year 2014/2015.
6 – Given the high volume of applications the Coimbra Group Office will not be able to answer individual requests. Please make sure you read the application brochure carefully .

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