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Call for EOI: Grant for visiting junior & senior researchers

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WARTA-APOTEKER.COM, CILEUNGSI — Call for expressions of interest (by 11 Aug 2019)

The International Centre for Reproductive Health (Department of Public Health & Primary Care, Ghent University, Belgium) invites expressions of interest for applications from junior and senior researchers from one of the 31 VLIR-UOS countries (see list below) for funded Research Stays of up to 3 months at Ghent University to support and expand their ongoing research on development-related research issues. The International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH) is a multidisciplinary research centre operating within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Ghent University.

About short research stays

The short research stay should take place in 2020, for minimum 1 month and can last up to 90 days at most. 

ICRH has a preference for longer (i.e. 3 month) research stays on the topic of medicines related to sexual and reproductive health (including but not limited to contraceptives, treatments for post-partum haemorrhage, other medicines for safe motherhood, mifepristone-misoprostol for medical abortion, treatments for breast or prostate cancer, antibiotics for the treatment of sexually transmitted infections, etc.). 

ICRH welcomes interdisciplinary research proposals / papers of relevance to policy makers. Research may draw on a combination of disciplines such as medicine, public health, pharmacy, law, political science, sociology, journalism and communication, among others. 

The research stay should result in a joint research or project proposal or a joint scientific article or research paper. 

Research or project proposal: Often, researchers have established contacts with other researchers abroad, but do not find the time to jointly prepare competitive research or project proposals. The Short Research Stay scholarships are therefore available for researchers wishing to prepare a research proposal, or broader to prepare a concept proposal for possible (new), tangible partnerships or new projects within existing partnerships. An exploration or initiation of a PhD proposal also fits in this category.

Scientific article or research paper: Researchers often do not have sufficient time to write a scientific article or a research paper, although all the necessary research data to do so are available. The Short Research Stay call offers the possibility of spending maximally 90 days at Ghent University, to permit writing one (or more) scientific articles or research papers on the basis of available experimental data. The purpose is to submit this paper or article to a scientific journal for publication, or to an international conference for presentation. The journal or conference in which one wants to present one’s work, should be known beforehand. 

More information about the objectives, available funding, selection criteria and timing of the Global Minds Short Research Stay grant can be found here: 

Eligibility criteria

Junior and senior researchers are eligible to apply for a Global Minds Short Research Stay grant if the researcher:

is a national or resident of one of the 31 countries on the VLIR-UOS list of countries: 

Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe. 

Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Vietnam.

Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru.

has obtained a Master’s degree by October 1, 2019;
is affiliated with a university, research institute, government body or NGO in his/her home county.

Applicants are not eligible to apply if they: 

– receive any other scholarship at the start of the planned research stay;
– are already (staying) in Belgium or Europe at the start of the research stay are not eligible to apply. People wishing to prolong their stay in Belgium are hence not eligible. 
– have already received a Ghent University Global Minds Short Research Stay Grant.

Application process

Applicants should send their expressions of interest to Dr. Katrina Perehudoff via email ( ) by 11 August 2019.

Expressions of interest should include a CV (2 pages is sufficient although longer CVs are also acceptable) that includes relevant publications, and a cover letter indicating:

– the applicant’s nationality and current residence (Note: the applicant should be a national or resident of the 31 countries on the VLIR-UOS list);

– the title of the applicant’s Master’s degree (or equivalent or higher degree) and date it was awarded;

– the applicant’s current affiliation with a university, research institute, government body and/or NGO, and in which VLIR-UOS country; 

– the applicant’s desired dates and duration of the research stay at ICRH;

– a description of the project the applicant plans to undertake during the stay (minimum 1-2 paragraphs) and the type of output  produced during the stay (research proposal or journal article). 

After the August 11 deadline selected candidate(s) will be invited to apply to the Global Minds Short Research Stay grant (deadline 1 October 2019) with ICRH’s support. In the case of interdisciplinary projects, collaborations with other faculties and/or research units at Ghent University will be sought.

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