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The Tuning Academy offers an opportunity for researchers to conduct an on-site research project in the Tuning Academy Headquarters in Bilbao. With the opportunity to publish the results in an article for the international, peer reviewed journal TJHE. 10 scholarships for 1 month research visits are offered for researchers pursuing topics related to the Tuning Academy’s focus.

1

analysing and evaluating the impact produced by the Tuning projects at the level of particular higher education programmes/institutions/countries/regions.

2

approaches to learning, teaching and assessment of generic competences – concrete examples of what is done within higher education degrees accompanied by enhancement proposals based on both theoretical and empirical data.

3

staff development initiatives that facilitate implementation of competence-based approaches – critical evaluation of their appropriateness and how well they meet the needs of different stakeholders; identification of staff development needs.

4

curriculum reform and incorporation of the Tuning approach in institutional and national policies.

Eligibility Criteria

There are no limitations as to country of residence, nationality, age or gender. The only formal limitation is a high level of English: selected candidates need to be capable of producing a high-quality academic article in English and of making their end-of-stay public presentation in English.

  • The Short-Term Visits Scholarships can be granted to:
  • 1. Young researcher enrolled in doctoral programmes elsewhere and focusing on a topic related to DITA’s current priority research lines (see above);
  • 2. Scholars holding a PhD and currently actively engaged in post-doctoral research on a topic related to DITA’s current priority research lines (see above), and
  • 3. University staff not usually involved in research activities but interested in conducting research on one of the four topics.

Funding

The Short-Term Visits Scholarships consist of a standard health insurance for the 4 weeks, full or partial reimbursement of the travel costs, and accommodation and maintenance support. No additional money for travel or congress participation will be made available to visiting researchers.

  • Health Insurance: Issued and paid for by the University of Deusto.
  • Return Ticket: Purchased by the visiting researcher and is then reimbursed or partly reimbursed (up to the sum of 500 euros) by DITA.
  • Accommodation and Maintenance Support: A one-off transfer of 1000 euros made to the researcher’s account upon his/her arrival in Bilbao. The grantee is then responsible for paying the accommodation fee to the accommodation provider directly (Options 1 or 2).
  • Option 1: Accommodation at the Halls of Residence of the University of Deusto (individual room, full board)
  • Option 2: Accommodation is booked directly by the researcher, who is also responsible for his/her own maintenance.

If the visiting researcher does not comply with the Study Visit Plan and requirements as stipulated in “Visiting Researcher Agreement” (to be signed first electronically and then in hard copy upon arrival in Bilbao) the scholarship may be cancelled and the visiting researcher will be obliged to reimburse the cost of both monthly allowance and travel.

What is required from successful grantees

  • Successful grantees must:
  • 1. Email a completed electronic copy of the “Visiting Researchers Agreement” to confirm the acceptance of the scholarship
  • 2. Inform DITA of any documents they need from DITA in order to apply for a Spanish visa, if relevant;
  • 3. Agree on their research proposal and schedule taking into account the selection committee feedback, as well as regularly update Maria Yarosh on their research progress before coming to Bilbao and in the period between the end of research visit and the publication of the resulting acticle(s);
  • 4. Purchase their return ticket and present DITA with the required documentation for reimbursement (of up to 500 euros);
  • 5. Sign a hard copy of the “Visiting Researchers Agreement” upon arrival in Bilbao;
  • 6. Present the main outcomes of the research visit first during the last week of their Short-Term Visit (an end-of-stay oral presentation open to the university community and to the Tuning research community);
  • 6. Complete an online Feedback Form two-three weeks after the end of research visit;
  • 7. Submit a high-quality research article prepared during the Research Visit (to be submitted within 3 months after the end of the Research Stay in Bilbao) and work on any revisions necessary for the article to be accepted for publication;
  • 8. Notify DITA of any publications and/or presentations on Tuning-related topics during and after the visit; and
  • 9) acknowledge DITA Short-Term Visit Scholarship Scheme in all such publications and/or presentations.

How to Apply

  • In order to be considered for a Short-Term Visit Scholarship you need to:
  • 1. Complete the Online Application Form in English and
  • 2. Email your CV to mariayarosh@deusto.es (preferably EuroPass style, in English; with the “YourName(s).YourSurname(s)_CV” document name and “Short-Term Visit Scholarships Application_CV_YourName(s).YourSurname(s)” email subject line).
  • The Online Application Form does not allow partial completion (saving part of information and returning to the Form later to continue its completion). Therefore, you need to have the following texts ready before you start completing the Form:
  • 1. A very short summary of your Research Proposal (max. 7 lines or 560 characters with spaces)
  • 2. A more detailed Study Visit Plan (max. 3 pages with 1.5 spacing or 8,641 characters with spaces). For elements to be covered, read the respective Online Application Form instructions carefully (“Research and Study Visit Plan” section).

For instructions on how to create a EuroPass CV and the English-language template, click here.

The deadline for submitting applications is 15 May 2016. No applications completed after 23:59 Central European Time on 15 May 2016 will be considered.

Selection Principles

No certificate of English proficiency is required from candidates, but the level of English will be taken into consideration because successful candidates must be able to produce academic publications in English. An international selection panel will evaluate the applications taking into consideration the following criteria:

  • 1. Quality of the research project proposed and its appropriateness in terms of DITA’s research priorities;
  • 2. Research record of the candidate;
  • 3. Potential for long-term collaboration.

Self Funded Researchers

Applications for self-funded research visits are accepted anytime. Those interested should follow the application guidelines and their applications will be considered against the same criteria as applications for Short-Term Visit Scholarships. The visit period will need to suit both the researcher’s and DITA’s agendas.

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