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Water advanced research and innovation (wari) fellowship

Recognizing that water is of fundamental importance for human development, the environment and the economy, and therefore needs to feature prominently in the development agenda of both india and the united states; the department of science and technology, govt. Of india, the university of nebraska-lincoln(unl), the daugherty water for food institute (dwfi) and the indo-us science and technology forum (iusstf) have partnered to nurture cooperation between students and scientists from both countries. The water advanced research and innovation (wari) fellowship program – a dynamic and transformative program has thus been developed to foster long term indo-american science and technology partnerships general information

Who can apply?

The fellowships are available for phd holders from all over the world.

What is the duration?

Fellowships are of a 12 months duration, spent in one of the ercim institutes.

How to apply?

Only online applications are accepted.
Next deadline for application: 30 apr 2016

Which topics/disciplines?

The topics focus on the ercim institutes’ scientific fields of competence.
See http://fellowship.ercim.eu/topics

Where are the fellows hosted?

Only ercim members can host fellows. For information about the possible hosting institutes, see “participating ercim members“. For more details, see the homepages of the individual members, or contact the national contact for the ercim fellowship programme for a specific institute.

When an ercim member is a consortium (such as crcim) the hosting institute might be any of the consortium’s members.

When an ercim member is a funding organisation (fwo/fnrs for belgium), the hosting institute might be any of their affiliates.
Fellowships are proposed according to the needs of the member institutes and the available funding.

See also the list of current and former fellows.

What are the conditions?

  • Have obtained a phd degree during the last 8 years (prior to the application deadline) or be in the last year of the thesis work with an outstanding academic record
  • Be fluent in english
  • Be discharged or get deferment from military service
  • The fellowship is restricted to two terms (one reselection possible)
  • Have completed the phd before starting the grant (a proof will be requested before your arrival).

We encourage not only researchers from academic institutions to apply, but also scientists working in industry.

In order to encourage mobility:

  • A member institute will not be eligible to host a candidate of the same nationality.
  • A candidate cannot be hosted by a member institute, if by the start of the fellowship, he or she has already been working for this institute (including phd or postdoc studies) for a total of 6 months or more, during the last 3 years.

Two types of contracts
the fellows are appointed for 12 months either by a stipend (an agreement for a research training programme) or a working contract. The type of contract and the monthly allowance (for stipends) or salary (for working contracts) depend on the hosting institute (see table above).

It should be noted that the stipend (fellowship agreement) does not constitute a contract of employment. As such, no contributions are made, on behalf of the fellow, in respect of unemployment insurance or either state or private retirement schemes. The fellow will not, therefore, be entitled to any unemployment or retirement benefits under the fellowship agreement.

For the entire period of 12 months, the fellow will receive a monthly allowance or salary (depending on the type of contract) which may vary depending on the country. Costs for travelling to and from the institutes will be paid under conditions determined by the contract.

This allowance/salary will be transferred to the fellow’s personal bank account.

Allowances for the round 2015 (2):

Depending on the hosting country and the type of contract the net allowance might not take into account deductions such as income tax, trade union dues, deduction for a retirement fund or social security. We strongly recommend to the fellows to consult the host organisation for these details before signing the contract.

for working contracts, the fellow is covered by social insurance according to the national regulation of the hosting country.

For stipends the fellow is covered by a personal health insurance provided by campus france (see http://www.campusfrance.org/), the cost of which is paid by ercim-eeig. The insurance covers medical transportation costs if needed, payment of a lump sum for invalidity or death, personal liability. Female fellows are informed that expenses related to pregnancy can be covered by this insurance under certain limited circumstances. The insurance does not cover the fellow’s family. The fellow will have to conform strictly to the modalities required by campus france to obtain benefit of this insurance.

Available for download:
detailed information on the campus france insurance.

Costs for travelling to and from the institutes
costs for travelling to and from the host institutions will be reimbursed on the basis of an economic class airplane ticket or first class train ticket. Travel by car will be reimbursed on the basis of a first class train ticket. No moving expenses are allocated. The limit is 500 euros per trip (2 trips can be planned).

Research exchange programme
fellows have to spend at least a one-week visit to another ercim member institute. Ercim-eeig will cover reasonable expenses (including but not limited: travel, accomodation, meal) up to a maximum amount calculated on the basis of 100 euros per month over the fellowship period.

Participation in scientific conferences
the fellow is encouraged to attend and to submit papers to scientific conferences during his or her fellowship. Ercim-eeig will cover registration costs and travelling expenses up to a maximum sum calculated at a rate of 100 euros per month under the condition that the fellow has an accepted paper at the conference.

Why to apply for an ercim fellowship?

The fellowship programme enables bright young scientists from all over the world to work on a challenging problem as fellows of leading european research centers. In addition, an ercim fellowship helps widen and intensify the network of personal relations and understanding among scientists. The programme offers the opportunity to ercim fellows:

  • To work with internationally recognized experts
  • To improve their knowledge about european research structures and networks
  • To become familiarized with working conditions in leading european research centres
  • To promote cross-fertilization and cooperation, through the fellowships, between research groups working in similar areas in different laboratories.

How are the fellows selected?

Each application is reviewed by one or more senior scientists in each participating ercim institute. Ercim representatives decide on the candidates to whom fellowships are offered, taking into account the following criteria:

  • Scientific expertise of the applicant
  • Quality of scientific publications
  • Relevance of the fellowship research agenda
  • Interest/ added-value for the consortium
  • Previous mobility / professional experiences.

The number of available positions varies from call to call and depends mainly from the needs of the member institutes and their available funding.

Equal opportunities
ercim is committed to ensuring equal opportunities and promoting diversity. People seeking fellowship within the ercim consortium are not discriminated against because race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status or disability.

Further information

For general questions about the fellowship programme, please contact fp-info@ercim.eu

Contacts for questions about a particular hosting institute:


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