WUN Research Mobility Programme

Call for applications
The WUN Research Mobility Programme (RMP) is an opportunity for Maastricht University PhD students or research staff in any academic discipline - in existing WUN research areas and new areas with the potential to develop a sustainable WUN collaboration - to apply for funding to visit any Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) partner university. The award aims to help facilitate research collaboration of early and mid-term career researchers leading to increased publishing, grant acquisition and training opportunities for all UM researchers

The RMP provides a great opportunity to: 

  • Advance your research by accessing research groups with expertise, rare facilities and data sets;
  • Widen the scope of research by establishing new and deepening existing links with your global peers;
  • Gain experience of new cultures by emerging yourself with new research environments;
  • Further your career development by strengthening your international profile.

Eligibility and Assessment criteria:

  • Be a UM PhD student or academic staff member
  • The research mobility should last a minimum of 4 weeks
  • Provide a support letter from a dean or scientific director on the importance of the project in relation to the existing research priorities of the university, faculty and department/school.
  • Provide a support letter from the host supervisor which confirms the approval of the host university to welcome the researcher should be attached to the application (The relevant contact person for WUN in each partner university can be found here.)
  • Fill in the WUN RMP application form
  • Should the applicant be awarded the grant he/she has to make use of it within 12 months from the date of receiving the award.

The programme is co-funded by the University Fund Limburg. The mission of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL is to support scientific research and education at Maastricht University.

Selection procedure:

  • for the year 2018 four proposals will be awarded the grant
  • the grant will cover an international economy airfare and a contribution towards a subsistence cost (a maximum of 1.000 euros a month) for visits up to 3 months
  • the deadline to submit the proposal is 4 February 2018 at noon, the application needs to be complete with all relevant documentation attached
  • decisions are made by the WUN RMP Selection Committee
  • successful awardees are invited to a pre-departure meeting and required to submit a post-visit report within one month of return.

The application form should be sent electronically by email to Aisling Tiernan and handed in hardcopy to Aisling Tiernan (MUO Academic Affairs, MBB 4-6).

Research Development Fund

WUN re-invests a significant proportion of its membership fees to encourage international collaborative research. The Research Development Fund (RDF) is an annual competitive fund aimed at bringing together researchers to undertake innovative, high quality, sustainable research that addresses the four WUN global challenges:

In 2016, Maastricht University was rewarded RDF funding for a project on Mobility and Higher Education. Other projects that the university has been involved in through the RDF funding the past years include Community of Learning for African PhD fellows (2015) and Recommender Systems in Academia (2014).

Other activities Maastricht University participates in include:

  • Data Analysis with Privacy Protection for Epidemiological Research (DAPPER)
  • Healthy-Polis – Developing Urban Lifecourse Approaches in response to Climate Change
  • Migration, Development and Global Transformations (MDGT)
  • Migration Policy, Welfare Boundary, Social Integration & Health-related Quality of Life of Children from Immigrant Families 
  • A MOOC for WUN: Enabling collaborative education for heterogeneous groups around open research data and popular media 
  • Web Observatory Project 

“Joining WUN”

  Maastricht University is very pleased to have joined the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). It gives us a unique opportunity to connect with a selected number of international network universities who share our vision on research and education, while at the same time staying connected to their own region.
The research focus of WUN matches very well with the strategic themes of Maastricht University enhancing a content-guided cooperation with our network partners.  

Prof. Dr Martin Paul,
Maastricht University President


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