CALL FOR “YOUNG SCIENTISTS MOBILITY GRANTS” WITH MENA COUNTRIES

Deadline: 31 December 2019
Open to: young scientists who hold a Bachelor or Master’s degree but no PhD yet, and with not more than 6 years of professional research experience.
Benefits: mobility grant  with a maximum amount of EUR 4430 (CHF 5000)

Description

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has commissioned the HES-SO as Leading House for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The mandate will last from 2017 to 2020 and its overall goal is to develop scientific collaborations between Switzerland and countries of the MENA region.

The following countries have been identified as priority countries for the first phase of the LHMENA: Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

This call allows funding of approximately 26 mobility grants, subject to the number of applications received as well as compliance with the criteria for evaluation and selection.

Mobility represents a strategic element to develop new partnerships between countries.

Through the exchange of students and researchers, higher education institutions can establish new partnerships, thus enlarging their international network. Mobility grants allows researchers and students to build personal contacts and relationships, which represent the foundation of fruitful and long-lasting collaborations between institutions. Moreover, when mobility grants target young scientists, they allow to include the next generation of scientists in the collaborations making them more sustainable.

The “young scientists’ mobility grant” will target:

– Developing individual capacities (human capital),
– Fostering scientific progress and innovation (scientific prospects),
– Establishing or enhancing networks between young researchers (networking).

Eligibility

Mobility grants can be awarded to young scientists who hold a Bachelor or Master’s degree but no PhD yet, and with not more than 6 years of professional research experience.

The call is open for activities in all scientific disciplines and fields of research. Activities may include field work and/or an internship in relation to the applicant’s research project. Host researchers must be permanently employed principal investigators at a university or research institute in their respective country.

The applicant’s mobility visit should have a minimum duration of 4 weeks and the amount not more than EUR 4430 (CHF 5000) per grant.

b) Additional information for Swiss scientists going abroad Applicants need to be scientists with a Swiss federal or cantonal university, university of applied sciences and arts or university of teachers’ education, or a public research institution. They need to hold Swiss nationality, or permanent residence in Switzerland, or cross-border commuter permit for Switzerland, or be in marriage or in a registered partnership with a Swiss citizen.

Applicants with multiple nationalities, who have indicated the citizenship of a MENA country and who have attended high school in the same MENA country, cannot be considered for a stay in the MENA country they hold the citizenship. For example, an applicant with double Swiss and Lebanese citizenship, who attended high school in Lebanon, is not eligible for a stay in Lebanon.

c) Additional information for scientists of the MENA region Applicants need to be scientists with a government accredited, mandated or appointed, or public research institute in their respective country.

They need to hold nationality of the country where their home institute is or permanent residence, or cross-border commuter permit there, or be in a marriage, or in a registered partnership with a citizen of the country where their home institute is.

Applicants with multiple nationalities, who have indicated the Swiss citizenship and who have attended high school in Switzerland, cannot be considered for a stay in Switzerland. For example, an applicant with double Lebanese and Swiss citizenship, who attended high school in Switzerland, is not eligible for a stay in Switzerland.

Benefits

The maximum amount for a mobility grant is EUR 4430 (CHF 5000)

a) Budget for Swiss scientists going abroad

The Leading House will fund flights for Swiss candidates (actual cost up to EUR 886(CHF 1,000)) and will provide a living allowance of a maximum EUR 3544(4,000 CHF) for the entire duration of the stay. The grant can include living costs, a flat rate for travel expenses and, if justified, a contribution towards research and conference costs.

The hosting partner abroad should fund the working position for Swiss candidates: this can include, but it is not limited to, adequate office space, disposal of appropriate research facilities, access to internet and other services, ect.

b) Budget for scientist from abroad in Switzerland

The Leading House will fund living allowances for candidates from abroad (actual cost up to EUR 2215(CHF 2,500) per month), while the partner institute abroad should fund their flights. Please note that the Leading House will disburse funds to the Swiss sending and/or host institute only. It will make no remittances to any other organization (e.g. host institution, tax authorities, insurance companies, etc.) or individual. The Swiss institute will be responsible for spending the grant money in the spirit of this application.

How to apply?

The application form must be completed by the Swiss main applicant, both in the case of hosting a MENA young scientist in Switzerland or sending a Swiss scientist to countries of the MENA region.

The Swiss main applicant must be permanently employed at a Swiss federal or cantonal university, university of applied sciences or university of teachers’ education, or a public research institution.

The application should include:

1. Completed application form
2. Supporting/nomination letter from the supervisor at the sending institution,
explaining also why an exchange with a specific scientist in the host country is planned
3. Acceptance letter from the supervisor at the host institute.
Applications shall be submitted in electronic format only.

For more information please check the official call for applications.