Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges

The SUPA Graduate School requests applications for Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher exchanges with Europe, North America, China and India.

Applications should be made by completing the attached form either in PDF or MWord and submitting this to Valerie.evans [at] by 9am Monday 13th February 2012.

The main purpose of the exchanges is for the most able postgraduates and early career researchers working within SUPA to build experience of international collaboration with academia and/or industry. The exchange may build on existing, or establish new collaborations.

Each successful Postdoctoral or Early Career Researcher candidate may be the recipient of a single award only, up to a maximum value of £7,500 and each exchange must be for a minimum period of at least one month. The funding must not be used for attendance at conferences, training seminars and the like. Eligible costs are restricted to economy travel and subsistence at the agreed institutional rate. The costs of the research are not eligible.

Sel​ection process

The SUPA Graduate School will be responsible for selecting the best Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher candidates in an open competition from within SUPA which will be judged by the SUPA Graduate School Management Committee (GSMC).

Criteria for selection will include:

• evidence of the ability of the candidate (output, leadership);
• likely benefits to the research of the candidate (new skills, techniques likely to be acquired) as result of the exchange;
• likely benefits to the longer-term career of the Postgraduate or Early Career Researcher as result of the exchange;
• evidence of wider benefits to SUPA as a result of the exchange; and
• prospects of sustained collaboration as a result of the exchange.

Following the exchange, successful candidates agree to provide to the GSMC a report covering:
• the aims, objectives or themes that the exchange relates to;
• a brief scientific report (2 pages A4);
• a list of outputs (publications/other); and
• detailed costs involved.

The reports will be reviewed by the Scottish Funding Council.