GMSTEC Research Fellowships 2009: call for proposals
Consisting of the countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province of China, the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) is a region of great potential. The Greater Mekong Subregion Tertiary Education Consortium Trust (GMSTEC) is a network of leading universities committed to promoting cooperation in education and development in the GMS. Its members are:
Australia: The Australian National University;
Cambodia: Royal University of Phnom Penh; Royal University of Agriculture;
China: Yunnan University
Lao PDR: National University of Laos;
New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington; Massey University;
Thailand: King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi; Khon Kaen University;
Vietnam: National Economics University Hanoi; University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City; Hanoi University of Technology; and Can Tho University.
Research into key issues related to GMS development is a priority for GMSTEC. GMSTEC aims to develop multi-institutional research teams to tackle issues of key importance to development of the GMS including climate change, food safety, sustainable development, and governance, among others. Cooperative Ph.D. programmes encouraging staff and students to undertake Ph.D. study at other GMSTEC member institutions are also important in providing a basis for developing greater research cooperation in the future. For more details on GMSTEC please see Annex 1.
2. GMSTEC Research Fellowships
As part of its efforts to enhance research collaboration, GMSTEC has established a series of research fellowships (GMSTEC Research Fellowships) to enable member academic staff to spend time at another member institution(s) to facilitate joint research projects.
The GMSTEC Research Fellowships provide an opportunity for meaningful academic exchange. The fellowships are intended to encourage key researchers from GMSTEC member institutions to meet around topic themes, to learn “who is doing what” in those themes’ areas, and to develop a commitment to working together on joint research. It is expected that the Fellowship visits would result in the development of a joint research proposal. GMSTEC would then take a lead role in applying for research funding.
The list of cross-disciplinary research themes for the fellowships for 2009 is as follows:
• Climate change;
• Sustainable development;
• Food safety and security;
Applications for these fellowships are now open and we invite academics from member institutions to consider this opportunity for international collaboration that will expand your research networks and help to develop an ongoing programme of research among the GMSTEC network.
3. Terms and conditions
Three different kinds of GMSTEC Research Fellowships are being offered as follows:
a) GMS to GMS cooperation
• Four scholarships for GMS researchers to undertake research placements of two to six weeks at another GMSTEC institution based in the GMS up to a maximum of US$1,600.
b) NZ/Australia to GMS cooperation
• Two scholarships for New Zealand and Australian researchers to undertake research placements of two to six weeks at a GMSTEC member institution based in the GMS up to a maximum of US$3,200.
c) GMS to NZ/Australia cooperation
• Two scholarships for GMS researchers to undertake research placements of two to six weeks at a New Zealand or Australian GMSTEC member institution up to a maximum of US$6,400.
• Applications will only be considered from staff at GMSTEC member institutions;
• Applications will only be accepted for research visits in the cross-disciplinary themes;
• Applicants will need to have the agreement of their home university and host university before they apply for a Fellowship;
• The Fellowships may be used to cover travel costs, accommodation, and living costs associated with placement at a GMSTEC member institution.
4. Required documents
a) A short description of the purpose of the visit.
b) At outline of the proposed area of research cooperation.
c) Curriculum vitæ of the researchers linked to the proposal.
d) A plan for the visit.
e) A budget.
f) A letter of support from their institution and the participating GMSTEC partner institution.
5. Further information and closing date
Anyone needing further information on the fellowships or assistance in identifying counterpart academic staff at a GMSTEC member can contact Ms Parichat Polsiri, email email@example.com. Applications should be sent to:
Executive Director, GMSTEC
PO Box 600
Fax. +64 4 463 5056
The closing date for applications is 20 September 2009.