Early-Career Researchers

“Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships: How to write a competitive proposal?”

Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA PFs) target postdocs (with no more than 8 years of experience after the completion of their PhD) who wish to carry out their research activities abroad, acquire new skills, develop their careers and improve employability by gaining experience in other countries, disciplines and non-academic sectors. These postdoctoral fellowships spread excellence in research and they are based on knowledge transfer between fellows and their host(s), with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity and intersectoral experience. MSCA PFs allow candidates to extend their international network as well as to enhance their professional reputation as a researcher. On the other hand, hosting an MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow allows established group leaders to work with the most brilliant postdocs in their field that bring additional expertise to the research group.
Date : 
– 23 January noon -5 PM
– 24 January 9 AM-4:30 PM
– 25 January 9 AM-1 PM
The workshop will be organized onsite at Konstanz University, please contact your home ERUA-university about funding of flight tickets and accommodation:
How to apply?
In order to ensure optimal interaction and dialogue, we have limited the workshop to 25 participants (5 from each university), so we would kindly ask you to send a short CV and description of your research area (if available also the name of your potential host) and motivation for participating in the workshop (up to 1 page) no later than 1st November 2022 to forschungssupport@uni-konstanz.de with the subject: MSCA PF.

The Research Support Group Workshops

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Digitalization is currently probably the most significant technological trend for society and business. Moreover, digitization is constantly transforming the way we conduct research, providing researchers with additional opportunities to implement their creative ideas and to collaborate intensively with others around the world.

The purpose of the workshop is to facilitate exchange of experience between early-career researchers and senior researchers in the various areas of Open science and their potential benefits and the ways to utilize the opportunities provided by digitalization in terms of research formulation, publication, collaboration, and funding opportunities.

The starting point for the workshop will be to broadly identify the various aspects in which digitalization affects the way research is funded, conducted, and disseminated. Then the different features and areas of Open science will be defined and discussed – open access to publications and research data, open methodology, open peer review, open educational resources, science communication, etc., focusing on the potential benefits and risks for early-career researchers. A specific emphasis will be put on the possibilities that digitalization of research and open science provide in terms of collaboration and networking. Early-career researchers will be given the opportunity to present their ideas for the possible application of digital technology and Open science in their own research, as well as for collaboration. Early-career researchers will receive feedback and coaching from experience researchers and research support staff.

Read more here: https://erua-eui.eu/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Call-for-applications-RSG_Sozopol_Workshop.pdf

A two-day workshop “Participating in and creating scientific networks” will be held virtually on March 23rd – 24th.  Event link is available here.

The workshop is directed towards early-career researchers with motivation to develop international collaboration and research networks. 
The purpose of the workshop is to facilitate exchange of experience in building international research networks between early-career researchers and senior researchers. 

The starting point will be to develop international research networks within the context of ERUA member universities and identify subsequent opportunities for building research networks beyond ERUA. Research and accessing funding for research increasingly requires developing international research networks. Early-career researchers will be given the opportunity to present their research and ideas for research collaboration and receive feedback and coaching from experience researchers and research support staff.  

This is the just the first of a series of workshops that will be taking place throughout the next 2 years and will cover a broad scope of topics ranging from the way networking works, through funding opportunities for collaborative research, to specific scientific areas in which the ERUA participants have common portfolios.

Date and time:  
• 23 March 2022 9am – 4pm  
• 24 March 2022 9am – 3pm 

The workshop will be organized as a webinar using Zoom.
Day 1

• Introduction and experience in developing scientific networks  
• Presentation of participants and research focus 
• Participating in and creating scientific networks  
• Developing concept notes and 60 second pitch.

Day 2  
• Presentation of research concepts 
• Tools for developing research networks 
• Exploring tangible methods for creating research networks and engaging in research networks 
• Moving from research idea to participating in (international) research networks 
• Reflection and summarization 
A more detailed programme will be sent to the approved participants in the second week of March.

In order to ensure optimal interaction and dialogue between early-career researchers and senior researchers we have limited the workshop to 25 participants (5 from each University), so we would kindly ask you to apply by sending a short description of your research area and motivation for participating in the workshop (up to 1 page) no later than 28 February, 2022 to the representative at your University:

• Paris-8: romain.bijeard@univ-paris8.fr
• Konstanz University: erua@uni-konstanz.de
• Roskilde University: erua@ruc.dk
• New Bulgarian University: eddie.marinov@gmail.com
• University of the Aegean: erua-eui@aegean.gr

Calls for Applications

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ERUA stands in solidarity with fellow researchers in Ukraine and has decided to implement a joint initiative to support early career researchers from Ukraine in the form of post-doc ERUA fellowships. The fellowships will allow young researchers to continue their research and collaborate with other researchers in a secure, international and interdisciplinary research environment.

Deadline : June 10th, 2022

More information available in the call: https://erua-eui.eu/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Call-for-a-post-doc-from-Ukraine.pdf

The general aim of the workshops for early career researchers, which will be held twice a year is “to present project ideas for collaborative and/or interdisciplinary research projects or projects that strengthen the links between the research profiles of the Alliance and receive feedback from experienced PIs and research development units.”

The overall objective is to lay the groundwork for the development of the think tank in ERUA and early-career researchers should create the future core of the think tank on Social Sciences and Humanities in interplay with natural and technical sciences and drive the development of alternative indicators. In this light, the workshops will not necessarily focus on EU funding, which has traditionally focused on the natural and technical sciences.

The main target group is early-career researchers, so the initial focus is on research collaboration, as young researchers typically do not collaborate with each other, but with senior researchers.

The first two workshops will bring together young researchers from ERUA partner institutions and facilitate dialogue for increased collaboration and network building among young researchers. A logical next step would for subsequent meetings would be to expand into interdisciplinary topics and funding opportunities – both European and national.