Call for Applications, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships 2017 Competition


We seek to support strong researchers currently based outside Iceland in applying for Individual European Fellowships under the above scheme in which gender is one of the main cross-cutting theme this year. Applicants can be of any nationality but must not have spent more than 12 months in the last 3 years in the Iceland.

United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU-GEST) is a research and teaching institution based at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik. The mission of UNU-GEST is to use a multidisciplinary approach to promote gender equality and social justice in developing, conflict and post-conflict countries through high-quality, collaborative, and policy-relevant research; strengthening capacity of professionals, scholars and organizations; and create a platform for transnational dialogue, knowledge production and exchange. UNU-GEST became part of the United Nations University network in May 2013 which encompasses 13 research and training institutes and programmes located in 12 countries around the world. Further, UNU-GEST relies on a global network of scholars and collaborates with institutions in different parts of the world.

UNU-GEST strategic research programme is based on three interrelated and interdisciplinary research themes, addressing gender equality and social justice at its core:

  • Sustainability
  • Human security
  • Societal transitions

UNU-GEST offers good research facilities within a vibrant academic community in Iceland. UNU-GEST´s intent is to build on its existing strengths by attracting young scholars with outstanding potential to work with us on innovative research projects that will make an original and significant contribution to gender equality and social justice.

We are therefore seeking to support high quality applications to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships scheme.

Overview

The Individual Fellowship scheme provides excellent financial compensation, career development and training and research support for the best or most promising researchers, seeking to undertake research in a European (EU Member States or Associate Countries) context.

We seek to support strong researchers currently based outside Iceland in applying for Individual European Fellowships. As such we are soliciting expressions of interest from researchers wishing to work in the following areas with emphasis on developing countries, conflict and post-conflict areas:

Sustainability

  • Gender and climate change
  • Gender and fisheries
  • Gender-responsive value chain analysis
  • Gender and land restoration
  • Gender and aquaculture
  • Gender and geothermal energy

 Human Security

  • UNSCR 1325
  • Peacekeeping
  • Peace restoration
  • Women, negotiations and mediations
  • Women in conflict zones
  • Gender, migration and refugees
  • Cash transfer programs in humanitarian aid

 Societal transitions

  • Gender responsive budgeting
  • Use of gender-disaggregated data for international organizations
  • Teaching gender to youth
  • Men as allies for gender equality
  • Gamifying gender training
  • Urbanisation
  • Women, gender, and health
  • Gender and mental health
  • Gender-based violence 

For general inquiries regarding Marie Curie Fellowships at UNU-GEST please contact Dr. Pétur Waldorff at psw@hi.is

Eligibility

Standard Criteria:

Applications are welcomed from experienced researchers only, i.e. you must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years equivalent research experience.  Researchers can be of any nationality; however, at the date of the deadline, they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Iceland for more than 12 months in the preceding three years. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest should be sent to psw@hi.is by midnight (GMT) on Monday 1st May 2017. The expression of interest should consist of the following:

  1. A copy of your CV (following the Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship guidelines – see p. 49 of the guide available here) limited to a maximum of 5 pages.
  2. A two page outline of the proposed research project.

Please send as PDF files with the file name including your surname, first initial, and document title and quote “MC IF Expression of Interest 2017” in the subject line.

Selection process

Expressions of interest will be assessed by the UNU-GEST team and associated researchers within each research cluster. Only applicants that meet the eligibility criteria will be considered. The most promising applicant(s) based on the relative strength of CVs and proposals in relation to the Marie-Curie award criteria and the research priorities of the Department will be selected. Further guidance and support for the purposes of submitting a full Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship application will be provided to selected candidates with the UNU-GEST serving as the host organisation.

Please ensure that you consult the comprehensive guidance documents on the Marie-Curie website before starting your proposal.

Please note that promising applicantsmay be interviewed personally. Those applicants we wish to support will be contacted no later than the week commencing 5th June 2017.

Timeline

2017

Monday 1st May - Deadline for expressions of interests

Week of 5th June – successful applicants notified

June-July – Applicants and supervisors write/prepare proposals

August – peer and ethics committee review

Monday 3rd September – application finalized

Wednesday 13th September (NLT) – application submitted by applicant

Thursday 14th September – submission deadline (17:00 Brussels time)

 

2018

February – expected outcome from Marie Curie

May - Signature of grant agreements (max. 8 months after submission)