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OECD CRP Research Fellowships for Participating Countries, 2016

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is offering research fellowships for research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries to conduct research projects abroad. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of a country that currently participates in the OECD Co-operative Research Programme (CRP) and the collaborating host institution must be located in another participating country. Fellowships may be from 6 to 26 weeks. The applications deadline is 10th September 2015.

Study Subject(s): Applications should fit into one of the three following research themes: The Natural Resources Challenge, Sustainability in Practice and the Food Chain.
Course Level: Fellowships are available to conduct research projects abroad.
Scholarship Provider: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Award can be taken at: Abroad (in another member country of the Co-operative Research Programme)

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Eligibility:
-Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of a country that currently participates in the OECD Co-operative Research Programme (CRP), and the collaborating host institution must be located in another participating country.
-Scientists already holding a position in a foreign laboratory are not eligible to apply to remain in that laboratory.
-Whilst candidates should hold a Ph.D. or have the equivalent expertise and/or be extensively published, priority is given to the overall scientific quality of each application considering its relevance to the Programme’s Research Themes and the Programme’s multi-disciplinary focus. The programme is not targeted at PhD students.
-Applicants should have completed their postdoctoral training. Applicants should have a contract with their present employer that ensures their continued employment after completion of the fellowship. If this is not the case, applicants are requested to ask their institution to certify that there will be a continued on-going scientific affiliation with the host laboratory once the fellowship ends, as this ensures that the relationships established during the fellowship are put to beneficial use.
-Before submitting an application, candidates should have their employers’ agreement to the applicationà and to the take up of the fellowship should they be successful.
-A candidate who has already been the recipient of a CRP fellowship may apply for a second award, but onlyà 5 years after the year of their first fellowship.

Open for International Students: OECDApplicants from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States can apply for these CRP research fellowships.

Description:  The Co-operative Research Programme’s main objective is to strengthen scientific knowledge and provide relevant scientific information and advice that will inform future policy decisions related to the sustainable use of natural resources, in the areas of food, agriculture, forests and fisheries. The objective and work of the Programme are anchored in both a policy and scientific environment in the fields of food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, which, more than ever, have a multidisciplinary nature. This happens to so as to respond to the varied demands from a range of stakeholder groups with interests in these fields, and to take into account that the world is globalised and food production systems are interlinked.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): Fellowships may be from 6 to 26 weeks.

What does it cover? The Fellowship award consists of 3 components which collectively are called the travel lump sum allowance. The total travel lump sum allowance awarded will depend upon distance from the Fellow’s laboratory to the host institution and the number of weeks of the fellowship.
-Travel costs (calculated based on a return economy class air ticket (APEX or similar). Note that the travel allowance is calculated to cover a single return trip to and from the host laboratory and the place of domicile.
-Weekly Subsistence Allowance: currently 400 EUR or 450 EUR per week (depending on the cost of living of the host country). This subsistence allowance is to cover all normal living expenses (accommodation, food, etc.) and incidentals (daily travel to and from work etc.)
-Terminal charges: A lump sum allowance of 165

Selection Criteria: Applications are assessed on their relevance to the CRP’s objective and the selection criteria explained below. It is therefore highly recommended that these be addressed in any Fellowship award application:
-The promise of a relevant contribution to the achievement of the aims of the Programme
-Relevance to the Theme objective – the extent to which the proposed project addresses the objectives of the work programme and its relevance to the theme objective
-Scientific excellence – the need for clearly defined and focused objectives, and the promise of innovative outcomes which can be achieved within the planned study
-The feasibility of achieving the goals set in the proposed work
-The scientific records and achievements of the applicant – judged for example by contributions to science and the scientific literature published
-Crossing disciplines – the extent to which the proposed study involves interactions between scientific disciplines, and a readiness to engage with those beyond the research community to explore wider societal implications
-Dissemination -the project’s plans for appropriate dissemination of the accomplishments to optimise the benefits to society
-Potential impact –the extent to which the proposal demonstrates the value of carrying out the research collaboratively and at international level
-Policy relevance –how and the degree to which the research proposal will inform policy makers in the development of their national and international agro-food, fisheries or forestry policies

Notification: Award decisions will be made by mid-December 2015 and research applicants will be informed of the results by the Secretariat in January 2016 at the latest.

How to Apply: Applications must be submitted in English using the on-line application form, with all relevant fields completed and detailed descriptions given where necessary. Applicants must attach their CV and a list of their publications written during the last five years. Please note that CVs will be passed on to the members of the Scientific Advisory Body who will assess the applications. A letter of acceptance from the host institution indicating their willingness to accept the Fellow if successful must also be attached to the application. It should be on headed paper, dated and signed. The letter should also mention the starting and ending dates of the proposed fellowship, what the visiting applicant will bring to the host institution, what the host institution will bring to the applicant, the description of the work with its objectives and methods and the equipment provided

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 10th September 2015.

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