Principal’s Early Career Mobility Scheme

Applications for session 2015/16 have now closed.

The Principal’s Early Career Mobility Scheme is designed to support PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from the University of Glasgow to visit/conduct research at the following institutions:

  1. Columbia University (New York)
  2. The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
  3. McGill University (new for 2015/16)

Applications for 2015/16 have now closed. However, the University is delighted to announce that funding will be made available next year for postdoctoral and early career researchers who are interested in visiting Columbia University, The University of Hong Kong, or McGill University.

Funded by the Principal, the aim of the scheme is to strengthen our institutional partnership by enhancing research collaborations with Columbia University, HKU and McGill University. The fund supports PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from the University of Glasgow to visit/conduct research at these institutions, providing them with an opportunity to develop high-impact research themes with staff and students there.

Tips and recommendations

Tips and recommendations

With the assistance of previous recipients, the University has put together information‌‌ designed to guide applicants through the administrative process, and to help successful recipients plan their journey and maximise the benefits of their visit. 

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Objectives

Objectives for the bursaries

  1. To further enhance the links and strengthening the interaction between research groups in the University of Glasgow and
    • Columbia University,
    • The University of Hong Kong (HKU), or
    • McGill University
  2. To offer PhD students and postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to visit one of Glasgow’s key institutional partners, and to work informally with one or more advisors or research partners based there.
  3. To offer PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Glasgow additional research resources, and to introduce them to the academic culture and professional contacts available at Columbia University, the HKU, or McGill.
  4. To provide PhD students and postdoctoral researchers with first-hand experience of the partnership culture which is increasingly at the heart of academic collaboration.

Award value

Value of award and use of funds in conjunction with external sources

The award is intended to contribute to the expenses of participating students and researchers, including those relating to

  • travel,
  • accommodation,
  • living,
  • educational materials
  • and/or education related costs.

The University of Glasgow has made funding available to support awards under this scheme for the 2015/16 period. Applicants must develop a clear proposal setting out details of the proposed visit, including:

  • the amount required and
  • a clear explanation of how the money would be used (see below for application details).

The total amount requested should be less than £5,000, as no single award will exceed this amount. 

Applicants are actively encouraged to use funds in conjunction with other sources of funding.


Eligibility & duration

Eligibility and duration

Students and researchers who may apply for the award include:

  1. all those registered for PhD at the University of Glasgow who have full doctoral student status, and who will not submit their thesis before completing their visit.
  2. all those with a valid University of Glasgow contract to work as a postdoctoral researcher.

So as to ensure that the scheme can support a broad range of activities, there is no limit on the duration of the visit. However, students and researchers are advised that the visit should be substantial enough to allow for the development or expansion of academic relationships.


Application procedure

For those applicants interested in applying, please note the following:

Potential applicants should first research the opportunities available to them at Columbia University, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), or McGill University, including, for example, potential scholars with whom they would like to work, or specific resources they would like to access. They should discuss the opportunity with both their University of Glasgow supervisor or Principal Investigator, and with a potential supervisor at Columbia, HKU or McGill.

Support for the application should be secured at both the Glasgow and the Columbia/HKU/McGill ends.

University of Glasgow students and postdoctoral researchers should submit their application in the form of a dossier containing the following materials:

  1. one-page statement of academic purpose explaining their progress towards completion of their research; why and when a visit to Columbia, Hong Kong or McGill would be of benefit and what they would intend to do there. The statement should include a timetable for their work during the visit, indicating, where appropriate, the scholar/s with whom they hope to work, and/or the resources they would hope to use.
  2. A separate statement setting out the amount required and explaining how the money would be used. The statement should include a break down of envisaged expenses, set out in table format.
  3. A short statement of support (completed on headed paper) from the student or researcher’s supervisor or Principal Investigator at the University of Glasgow. 
  4. A short statement of support (completed on headed paper) from the student or researcher’s potential supervisor or partner scholar at Columbia University, the University of Hong Kong, or McGill University.

The dossier must contain all documents set out in points one to four above, and should be submitted in electronic format to John.Leabody@glasgow.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is: Friday, 9 October 2015. However, please note that all funds awarded must be spent by 31 July 2016.


Panel

Selection panel

A University of Glasgow selection panel will decide which applications will be supported. The panel will consist of:

Once accepted, the Glasgow student or postdoctoral researcher will receive a note of acceptance and, in due course, a formal offer of admission from the relevant administrative division at Columbia, Hong Kong or McGill.


Academic status

Academic status of exchange students/post-doctoral researchers

  • Glasgow PhD students must remain registered at Glasgow for the duration of their visit to Columbia, HKU or McGill. Overall supervision will remain the responsibility of the student’s Glasgow supervisor/s.
  • Post-doctoral researchers must remain in employment at the University of Glasgow for the duration of their visit to Columbia, HKU or McGill.
  • Glasgow students and postdoctoral researchers will be registered as visiting research students/postdoctoral researchers in the relevant academic unit at Columbia, HKU or McGill.