NWO launches new “Refugees in Science” pilot

This month, NWO is launching a new pilot programme titled “Refugees in Science”. The aim is to fund one-year appointments for academics who have fled their home country and wish to continue their scientific career in the Netherlands.

Project leaders of current projects funded by NWO or the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) can apply for additional funding for the one-year appointment of a junior or senior researcher with a demonstrable refugee status. The pilot was developed in consultation with the Young Academy, KNAW and the Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF).

Submissions from 17 May, deadline on 13 September

The application must be submitted by a project leader of a current research project already funded by NWO or ZonMw. The project leader can apply for additional funding for the one-year appointment of a junior or senior researcher with demonstrable refugee status (received an asylum residence permit for a fixed period (type III) on or after January 1 2013). A total budget of €750,000 is available for this pilot call, sufficient to fund eight to fifteen applications. For more details on who can apply and the criteria for submitting a proposal, please refer to the call for proposals. Proposals can be submitted from 17 May to 13 September 2018 via the NWO website. Once the pilot has been completed, an evaluation will be carried out and a decision taken on whether to continue the programme.
More information: www.nwo.nl

Information session on 2 June

The Young Academy, KNAW, UAF and NWO are holding an information session in Utrecht on 2 June. The aim is to provide candidates – both refugees with a scientific background and project leaders of current research projects – with more information about the new call and the organisations involved. Participants will also be offered practical assistance in finding a matching research project or a suitable candidate for their project. The session starts at 13:00 (doors open from 12:30) and will take place in the Utrecht University Hall. You can register using the registration form.

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