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Details of the application requirements for TRAIN@Ed Fellows

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If you would like to apply for a TRAIN@Ed Fellowship, you should follow the steps below to make sure you are eligible to apply, to learn the benefits and conditions of the Fellowship, to understand how to create your project and to access the necessary forms and documents for submission.

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Step 1: Eligibility

Applicants must meet eligibility criteria as listed below. These conditions are designed to encourage the mobility of fellows between countries.

  • Applicants must, at the date of the application deadline (31 October 2019), be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years full-time equivalent research experience. 
  • Applicants must, at the date of the application deadline ( 31 October 2019), have no more than ten years’ experience since defending their PhD (career breaks for parental leave, sickness absence or army service are excluded)  
  • At the date of the application deadline (31 October 2019), the applicant must not have resided or carried out their main work activity (including studying) in the UK for more than 12 months in the past 3 years (not counting holidays or short stays).  
  • For researchers returning from a career break, a slightly modified mobility criterion can be used, that at the date of the application deadline (31 October 2019) the applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 36 months in the 5 years immediately prior to the application deadline. To qualify as returning from a career break the applicant must not have been active in research for at least 12 months immediately prior to application deadline, as determined by fellowships or employment contracts in the research area. 
  • Applicants must submit a research proposal that ties in with one of 6 research themes  
  • Applicants require the support of an academic supervisor at the University of Edinburgh  
  • Applicants must submit an Ethical Issues Form. In the event of a research proposal being contrary to Horizon 2020 ethical principles, UK legislation or to UK Research Council policy or the policy of the host department, the application will be removed from the process, the candidate informed and given the opportunity to appeal.  
  • Applicants must secure support from a private sector partner in the form of secondments, mentorship or other types of cooperation.

Step 2: Benefits and Conditions of a Fellowship

Applicants should consider the benefits to them of a fellowship and the conditions of a fellowship, to help decide whether to apply. Please read the Benefits and Conditions page to learn about these.

Step 3: Creating a Project

Applicants need to create a suitable project that could be performed under the supervision of an academic supervisor at The University of Edinburgh and partly at an industry or third sector partner. Please see the TRAIN@Ed Research Themes page that gives an overview of the research areas available under the programme and links to many of the sections of the University where such research can be carried out. It is essential that you gain the support of an academic supervisor prior to developing your project.

The research proposal is your research activity outline. The proposal document must also list your intended academic supervisor and intended collaborative partnership. The suggested research proposal template can be found at the bottom of this page. When writing the proposal you might find it helpful to get in touch with the University contacts for the thematic areas of your interest. Contact details will be displayed at the top of each TRAIN@Ed Fellowship advert.

Projects should be described within no more than five pages, using the research proposal template. The proposal is divided into two main parts:

    1. The Excellence section focusses on what the project is about and how it will be carried out
    2. The Impact section focusses on the capacity of the project to benefit the career of the fellow, the capacity of the University to engage with external partners and the general public and how the project will benefit society in general.

Supervisor: The research project will be created by the applicant. Applicants will need to have discussed their proposed project with an academic staff member at The University of Edinburgh, who is willing to act as a supervisor for the applicant during their Fellowship. A statement is required from the staff member to say that they are willing to supervise the Fellow (please use the template provided).

Ethics: Projects will be subject to ethical scrutiny, and applicants will need to provide a completed ethical issues form with their application. Horizon 2020 has specific considerations regarding ethics that will govern the ethical scrutiny of projects. Specifically, projects must have an exclusive focus on civil applications; and projects aimed at human cloning for reproductive purposes, or those intended to modify the genetic heritage of human beings which could make such changes heritable, or those intended to create human embryos solely for the purpose of research or stem cell procurement, cannot be supported under Horizon 2020 rules.

Please download and complete the Ethical Issues Form and include this with your application. Detailed information provided by the EU on each area of the form can be found in the Guidelines file.

Applicants should refer to the Review and Selection page for details of the selection process and criteria.

Step 4: Your CV and Publications

You should submit a curriculum vitae (CV) with your application detailing your education, previous employment and other relevant experience. This should be no more than two sides in length. You should provide the names and affiliations of two referees within your CV.

You should submit a list of your academic publications (most recent first) – there is no length limit to this document.

Step 5: Assemble all the documents required

Information about the applicant must be entered into the application form hosted by the University of Edinburgh eRecruitment system. The personal/supporting statement is the cover letter of your application and when applying online you can either type it in the box available on our application system or upload it to the system as an attachment in the 'Applicant Document' section. Regarding the length of the supporting statement, this is the same as a cover letter. It is advised to keep it short and succinct. Please note that if you type your supporting statement directly into the box on the online system, the length is limited to 4000 characters.

The documents listed below must be uploaded to the recruitment form as part of your application.

If you cannot supply all information, please contact our project manager about looking at potentials for building this capacity with you. The project manager can help with relationship building either across the university to find the right supervisor, or partnering with industry to bring your project to life. Please get in touch at the earliest possible opportunity .

 

Document Template(if required)
Research Proposal
Curriculum Vitae n/a
Publication list n/a
Supervisor statement
Letter of Support from Industry or Third Sector Partner n/a
Ethical issues form

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Step 6: Final submission

Your completed application, consisting of the documents listed above, should be submitted by 5PM UK time on 31 October 2019 on the University of Edinburgh’s online system. You will receive an acknowledgement of your application within 5 working days – please contact us if you do not receive this.

The full process for review and selection of applications is given on the Evaluation Process page. This page also describes the appeal process that may be used by unsuccessful candidates. 

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Completing the Ethical Issues form

The EU requires that the research proposed by applicants be subject to ethical scrutiny. In particular, the ethical principles of Horizon 2020 will govern the Fellowships. This will include the need for projects to have an exclusive focus on civil applications, and that projects aimed at human cloning for reproductive purposes, or those intended to modify the genetic heritage of human beings which could make such changes heritable, or those intended to create human embryos solely for the purpose of research or stem cell procurement, will not be supported.

Applicants will be asked to identify any ethical issues that they feel their proposal will generate as part of their application using the template provided. The ethical issues forms will be reviewed during the evaluation process. In the event of a research proposal being contrary to Horizon 2020 ethical principles, UK legislation or to UK Research Council policy or the policy of the host department, the application will be removed from the process, the candidate informed and given the opportunity to appeal as described above.