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Hasselt University encourages the international and intersectoral mobility of its junior researchers and wants to promote (international) contacts between research groups.

Thanks to financial support from the Flemish Government, the doctoral schools of Hasselt University are able to award travel grants to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers for participation in an international summer school or a short research stay abroad. Also, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers can be awarded intersectoral mobility grants for intersectoral summer schools or research projects conducted at and in collaboration with non-academic institutions (companies, hospitals, …).

This second call for 2020 concerns the period July - December 2020. Deadline of submission is 15/06/2020 and the activity (summer school or research stay) has to take place between 01/07/2020 and 31/12/2020. You will receive the result of your application by 30/06/2020.

All PhD students and postdoctoral researchers with a UHasselt promoter can apply, and the proposals will be evaluated by the doctoral school council.

PLEASE NOTE: In light of the current and expected situation concerning the further spread of COVID-19, the Executive Board of Hasselt University has decided to issue a general ban for all trips abroad for the purpose of study and work-related activities until July 1st with a possible prolongation. Make sure to always consult and respect the latest UHasselt travel advice before starting any international mobility! This travel ban applies to all inbound and outbound travel and to both students and staff members. 

More information about the requirements, selection criteria, financial support and the application procedure can be found here. You can also download the application form and the recommendation form for the promoter.

For your information: Due to the current exceptional circumstances and the effect on whether or not summerschools and research stays will be able take place as planned, the doctoral schools plan to launch exceptionally a third call next September for mobility taking place between October and December 2020.


TESTIMONY from two PhD students with respect to INTERSECTORAL MOBILITY
Internship at the Ministry of Justice

Both of us are preparing a PhD in Business Economics focusing on – among other things – the efficiency of the justice department, and we performed an internship at the Belgian Ministry of Justice. The internship resulted from a research project initiated in October 2015 by the Ministry of Justice and our research group Economics and Public Policy. The project was supervised by Dr Samantha Bielen and Prof. Dr Wim Marneffe. It was a win-win. The Ministry of Justice got to pick our young scientist brains. We got the opportunity to document and analyze governmental decision making mechanisms in the context of the judicial reform (2014), and this way thoroughly got to know the practical judicial field. The internship was thus a unique learning experience! Also, it allowed us to substantially expand our network and to gather data for future publications. It goes to say that we believe that this kind of internship can – and perhaps should – be recommended to all PhD students!

Jana Indesteege & Leentje Sourbron
April 2016