Many universities already have a fund for small institutional grants to support their local PhD students and young researchers in developing various transferable skills (e.g., writing a project/project and financial management of own project), and in preparing future interdisciplinary, international, or cutting-edge projects. Such grants can be used to cover e.g. travel costs, attendance fees for conferences, extra publication, dissemination and science popularisation costs, extra fieldwork, extra lab costs/consumables, individual trainings, etc. Those grants could be offered also to international PhD students and young academics under the same conditions as their local peers. Information on grants should be available in English and easily foundable on the institutional website. The information could be part of the welcome package.
Improved skills and knowledge Improved visibility
|Categories||Institutional strategy Profesional & Academic Development|
|Mobility stages||During mobility phase Upon arrival|
|Importance||Important to have|
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|Target groups||PhD student/Early career researcher|
|Types of contracts of researchers||Full degree student Employee in training (interns, research fellows, postdocs)|
|Career stages of researchers||Less than 6 months 6-12-months of experience 1-3-years of experience|
|Lengths of stays of researchers||6-12 months More than 12 months|
When setting up/expanding the small grant scheme towards international PhD students and young researchers, the following needs to be considered:
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@ IT department - could provide consultations on the optimal solution for an online grant application system operating in English
@Other HEIs/research organisations in city/region - the selection committee should preferably comprise various stakeholders including also experts from outside your HEI, outside the academic community in order to avoid a conflict of interest
@Local/national grant agencies/other HEIs - can help with experience sharing (various aspects and phases of the institutional grant scheme setup procedure).
External funding - local/national/EU subsidies opportunities, non-academic RDI organisations,
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@ Other HEIs/research organisations in city/region - if it is required by the nature of the research, the home institution/department should provide assistance in addressing external partners and guarantee its personal credibility as well as the relevance and correctness of the research, especially in cases when:
Start-up grant scheme for young scholars and early-stage researchers under 30 years of age is designed to provide much needed support to small research groups up to 5 members to carry out original research.
Small institutional grants of up to £1000 for research staff and academic staff at King's to deliver an online engagement activity.
The Graduate Research Small Grants Program is designed to enhance opportunities for graduate students in Arts & Humanities to conduct research by offering supplemental financial support on a competitive basis. The funding is not a substitute for other forms of funding that currently exist. Rather, it is designed to support research activities in instances where other sources are inadequate or unavailable in order to help fill gaps not met by current opportunities (travel to conduct research, purchase of research-related material, expences related to transcription of research material, etc).
The call in 2022 is exclusively addressed to female postdocs from Bremen and abroad who apply A) directly after completing their PhD or B) as advanced postdocs with the aim professorship. The offer is support in their scientific career and in the development of their own research profile. Postdocs in early stage right after finishing PhD receive the possibility to be responsible for and lead their own project.
The Masaryk University runs various grant schemes to support expenses linked with a preparation of exceptionally prestigious and significant projects of international providers, interdisciplinary research projects, support for integration of research after a career break.