UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) is inviting proposals for UK doctoral students to participate in a UK-Canada research exchange scheme. The initiative is supported by Mitacs, a not-for-profit organisation that has designed and delivered research and training programmes in Canada since 1999.
Through the UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange Scheme, UK doctoral candidates will have the opportunity to undertake research placements in Canadian universities. A similar number of Canadian students will visit UK universities. This is the third of four funding calls that will fund up to 200 UK doctoral candidates. The scheme covers all areas of the UKRI remit and aims to:
- Foster and enhance long-term international research networks.
- Establish international research collaborations.
- Attract world-class talent to the UK.
- Upskill UK-based researchers, making them global citizens with international competencies.
Students should make contact with potential Canadian host supervisors to discuss and design a research project and work out costings for the placement with their home and host supervisors. Applicants should make clear what benefit their research placement will have for themselves, Canada and the UK.
Successful applicants will be required to deliver a programme of collaborative research and network-building activities that will further their studies, enhance their research career prospects and increase links within the research community. Placement projects can be on a topic unrelated to the students' studies, thereby helping to create multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary researchers.
This UK side of the scheme is open to doctoral students funded by the research councils of UKRI (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC). Placements are available at a number of universities across Canada in a variety of academic disciplines. On the Canadian side, the scheme is open to Canadian doctoral students working in all areas.
The programme budget is £2.5 million, and funding can cover travel, living and research costs for students in their chosen field of study.
Placements in this round should last for 12 weeks and should take place between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022. Students must be able to start their placement before the end of their funded period of study.
Applications should be submitted by the 8 December 2020 deadline.
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