Thursday, January 10, 2019

V4: The CONNECTED Development Programme for Early Career Researchersn, UK (Fully Funded)

Applications are now open for V4: The CONNECTED Development Programme for Early Career Researchers – a fully-funded ten-day residential course at the University of Bristol, UK (10 – 21 June 2019). The purpose is to create a cohort of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) with a joint understanding of virology and entomology which enables them to collaborate effectively on the research challenges of plant vector-borne diseases in Africa.

The programme will combine:
  • scientific talks
  • general lab training skills
  • specific virology and entomology lecture and practical work
  • workshops
  • desk-based projects, and
  • soft skills training.
Places will be awarded by competitive application, and they are aiming to attract both virologists and entomologists. The programme will aim to provide those who attend with:
  • new scientific knowledge
  • practical and technical experience
  • knowledge for cross-disciplinary working
  • knowledge and experience of writing collaborative funding applications to tackle important plant VBD problems, and
  • a new network of fellow ECRs.
Participants will be able to make use of these new skills in their home place of work, building capacity, for example in managing existing projects, developing new projects and techniques, and applying for research funding. V4 will run from Monday 10 – Friday 21 June 2019 inclusive, at The School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK.

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    • This award will support attendance at the University of Bristol, UK for the CONNECTED ‘V4 ECR
    • Development Programme’. Immunisation, visa, return travel, and insurance costs are eligible. CONNECTED will cover the costs of all tuition, accommodation and subsistence. All accommodation and some meals will be arranged by the CONNECTED Network Team. Details will be provided in due course.

    • All Network members who are Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are eligible. ECRs are defined as those who have received their highest degree (BSc, MS or PhD) within the past 7 years.  To be eligible, you must have a current contract of research employment which extends at least until the finish date of the proposed training. 
    • Anyone who is not currently a network member can join free of charge here
    • Preference will be given to applicants who are based in DAC list countries, and a minority of places are reserved for UK-based applicants.
    • The development programme will comprise up to 30 participants from the fields of plant virology and entomology, most of whom will be from DAC list countries, primarily Sub-Saharan Africa. Approximately 20-30% will be from the UK. Awards will aim to achieve equal distribution between genders.
    • For a list of eligible DAC countries, please visit the following link: HERE
    •  Applications must be supported by your organisation: please provide a letter of support from your group leader alongside your application. See below for further information
    How to Apply:
    Applications are now open, closing on Sunday 24 February, using the application form here.
    Applicants are kindly asked to read the guidance notes in full before completing the application form.

    24 February 2019

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