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S.C.O.R.E: Capacity-Building Opportunities for Graduates and Scholars Across Disciplines

S.C.O.R.E: Scholarships and Conferences Opportunities for Researchers and Experts

1. Programme Address:

Funder: Mobility for Regional Excellence MoRE2020 Programme, Region Västra Götaland

Research field(s): Natural and Applied Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences

Information: In 2014 Region Västra Götaland (VGR) launched a new programme for the transnational mobility of experienced researchers, the Mobility for Regional Excellence Programme (MoRE). The programme was launched as a pilot, co-funded by FP7/Marie Curie, and ran for four years, starting in February 2014. The purpose of MoRE was to attract international researchers to Västra Götaland’s excellent research milieus and to offer researchers from Västra Götaland the opportunity of visiting and working at excellent research milieus abroad.

Region Västra Götaland has the possibility to become a leading knowledge region in Europe, and has already been classified as an Innovation Leader by the EU Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2016. The region hosts five universities, strong research and innovation milieus, the headquarters of the Swedish Research Institute and successful milieus for entrepreneurship and innovation. Global knowledge-intensive companies contribute to Västra Götaland’s ranking as one of the most innovative regions in Europe. The Mobility for Regional Excellence Programme 2020 shall contribute to the following objectives:

  • Attract internationally experienced researchers to Västra Götaland and increase international exchanges. 
  • Promote researcher mobility and career development for researchers.
  • Position internationally competitive research and innovation milieus.
  • Stimulate international research and innovation alliances and collaboration.
  • Strengthen research-driven clusters within prioritised areas.

The content of the project proposals must relate to at least one of the research and innovation intensive areas prioritised by Region Västra Götaland:

Sustainable transport solutions

Life science

Green chemistry

Marine environment and the maritime sector

Urban development

Material sciences

Sustainable production

Information and communication technologies



Cultural and creative industry

Food production/Agriculture and forestry


Successful applicants to MoRE2020 will be awarded a 12-month grant for the proposed research project.

Funding covers: 870 000 SEK as a contribution to salary, mobility allowance and other costs.

Eligibility: Experienced researchers from all nations

Deadline: May 2 – September 1 2017, 24:00 CET. Final decisions will be made by Region Västra Götaland’s Regional Development Committee in December 2017.


2. Programme Address:

Funder: University of Trento

Research field(s): Social Sciences

Information: The University of Trento is now inviting applications from qualified candidates for 24 PhD Scholarships in its three PhD programmes:

All programmes are full time and will be taught in English by members of the university’s multi-national faculty.

Funding covers: Tuition fees and adequate living expenses in Trento.

Eligibility: Open to graduate scholars

For further details, please visit our website, or write to: Doctoral School of Social Sciences, University of Trento, via Verdi 26, I-38122 Trento, Italy, Email:

Deadline: June 7, 2017; 4 p.m. (Italian time)


3. Programme Address:

Funder: Dublin Institute of Technology

Research field(s): Engineering

Information: PhD Opportunities in Engineering and Built Environment

4 year, fully-funded, full time PhD project. 

Conceptualising and Integrating Socio-Hydrology: Development of a water communication framework for reduction of public health risks to hydrological events

Funding covers: Tuition and living expenses

Eligibility: The successful candidate will require a (Minimum) 2.1 Level 8 (Honours Degree) qualification in Environmental Planning/Policy, Environmental Science, or similar. A Masters Degree and/or previous research experience in environmental science/policy would be a distinct advantage. An interest in environmental awareness, public perception, and behavioural science is also preferable.

Deadline: May 31, 2017

For further information, please contact the Graduate Research School at


4. Programme Address:

Funder: DFG and University of Passau

Research field(s): Humanities and Social sciences

Information: The interdisciplinary and inter-faculty DFG Research Training Group 1681: Privacy and Digitalisation, co-embedded at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Law of the University of Passau, invites in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) applications for 2 scholarships for foreign doctoral candidates to start 1 April 2018. The three-year funding is provided by the DAAD. In addition to the scholarship, the funding includes a fixed sum for travel expenses, a health, accident and liability insurance as well as contribution towards research expenses.

About the Research Training Group (RTG)

The doctoral programme focuses on the privacy-related aspects of digitalisation and thus engages in a highly topical and politically relevant theme of outstanding social and academic importance. The aim of the doctoral programme is to assess the value of privacy under the terms of digitalisation and increasing informational heteronomy and to question the existing privacy concepts in this context. This takes place in the three fields of enquiry 'digitality', 'surveillance and control' and 'self-determination and responsibility'.

Doctoral candidates enrolled at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities may conduct their research in the following research areas: Literature and Media Studies; Linguistics; English and American Studies; Slavic Studies; General and Applied Ethics; Political Philosophy; and Pedagogy.

Alternatively, doctoral candidates may enrol at the Faculty of Law, where they will gain access to the fields of Media and Information Law; Security Law and Internet Law; Data Protection Law; and Legal Theory.

Applicants whose background is in another research discipline are welcome to apply; however, their application will only be successful if a suitable doctoral supervisor can be found within the RTG – please visit for a list of participating scholars.

As part of its structured doctoral programme, the RTG provides training in the core competences of research methods, content-related expertise and interdisciplinary research skills; furthermore, it places the emphasis on competences which give its doctoral candidates a competitive edge across research areas and occupational fields as well as those that enhance their ability to assume executive functions.

Funding covers: One thousand euros per month for 3 years

Eligibility: The RTG is designed as a structured academic programme for German and international graduates whose academic profile and outstanding interdisciplinary research proposal sets them apart from the rest; the proposal must be feasible within the funding period and promise excellent research results.

The successful candidates are expected to hold an above-average Master degree that formally qualifies them for doctoral study (for more details, read the doctoral degree regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and The Faculty of Law available from; please note that the regulations are only available in German). In their previous studies, candidates are expected to have acquired relevant discipline-specific and methodological knowledge in their field of expertise that enables them to successfully complete their research project.

Beyond the formal qualifications, seeing a research project through from beginning to end requires a great deal of dedication, the ability to deal with conflicts, self-management skills, the ability to think and act strategically, self-motivation, well-developed communication skills and the ability to work together with others.

The University of Passau wishes to increase the proportion of its female staff and, by maintaining a family-friendly working environment with flexible working hours, improve the family life and career balance. The University expressly encourages women as well as candidates with children to apply. Moreover, these posts are suitable for candidates with disabilities, who will be given preference, if the personal aptitudes and qualifications are equal.

Deadline: June 9, 2017

* Procedure for Application:

To apply, send us the following documents:

  • the completed application form (in German on the RTG's website)
  • a copy of your university degree certificate and transcript of records (and a certified translation, if necessary)
  • a curriculum vitae with specific information about your academic career to date
  • a letter of motivation that explains what you believe makes you eligible for both the RTG's research interests and its training programme and how you intend to contribute to the RTG
  • a research proposal (5-10 pages) which contextualises the project within the RTG and provides details on who should be your supervisor (see our website for the respective disciplines and scholars)
  • one sealed letter of reference written by a university teacher (may be sent directly): this letter must provide information about your academic potential candidates from foreign universities must hold an equivalent of the corresponding German university degree and give proof of advanced language skills in German (e.g. language certificate at level DSH-1, TestDaF 3 or equivalent)

Applicants who at the time of nomination by the RTG have already been in Germany for more than 15 months cannot be considered. 

Surface Post: Please send your application by 18 June 2017 (postmark) to:

Prof. Dr. Hans Krah
Universität Passau
DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1681 „Privatheit“
Innstr. 25
94032 Passau

Email Submission: Your online application (only send one document in PDF-format) must be just as convincing and professional as an application on paper. Please see our website for further details on the available stipends:

For general questions and enquiries concerning the programme, please contact:

Kilian Hauptmann
University of Passau
Nikolastr. 12
94032 Passau

Phone: +49 851 509 2372


5. Programme Address:

Funder: US Department of State/Hubert Humphrey Fellowships

Research field(s): Non-degree/Professional

As a non-degree program, the Fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences. The eligible program fields are:

Agricultural and Rural Development

Economic Development
Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
Finance and Banking
Higher Education Administration
HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
Human Resource Management
Law and Human Rights
Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
Public Health Policy and Management
Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration 

Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention

Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
Technology Policy and Management
Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
Urban and Regional Planning

Information: The Humphrey Fellowship Program is for experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows’ home countries.

Host Institution(s):

Fellows are not able to choose which university they will attend. Rather, they are assigned in diverse groups of 7-15 to the most appropriate host institution based on their area of interest and professional field.

Number of Awards: Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded annually.

Deadline: before 1 Oct (annual)
Program starts Apr-Sept 2018 

Eligibility: Citizens of eligible countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, East Asia and Pacific, South and Central Asia, and Western Hemisphere.

Pre-academic English language training, if required;

**The applicant must have:

 An undergraduate (first university) degree,
A minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience
Limited or no prior experience in the United States,
Demonstrated leadership qualities,
A record of public service in the community, and English language ability

Funding covers: The Fellowship provides for payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;
Accident and sickness coverage;
A book allowance;
A one-time computer subsidy;
Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the program and domestic travel to required program events);
A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.

Application instructions:

Application deadlines vary by country but falls around May to September each year. The nominating U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission will advise you of its internal deadline for receiving applications. Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by 1 October.

Please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Bi-national Fulbright Commission in your country for more information about application procedures:


Published on:: 
May 22, 2017