Social Science Exchange Programme
Saltire Emerging Research Programme
SGSSS has recently been successful in their application to the Saltire Emerging Research (SER) Programme.
The objects of the Saltire Emerging Research Exchange Programme are:
The programme will offer opportunities for incoming and outgoing social science PGRs and ECRs to apply for an exchange visit allowing them to spend up to 6 months under the guidance of a nominated academic mentor in a European host institution.
SER Programme Guidance
Online Q&A Session
SGSSS will be hosting a Q&A session on 15 November 2021 at 2.00-3.00pm to discuss the SER programme, offer examples of similar placements activities and further guidance to potential applicants. Join SGSSS Associate Director Kiril Sharapov and SGSSS Employability and Partnerships Manager Flaminia Raiteri to ask any questions and be ready to submit your application by the 30th of November 2021!
Reserve your space by registering here.
How does the programme work?
The programme will operate through two routes:
- Open call for applications (up to 6 opportunities). Doctoral students and ECRs can submit a proposal, aligned with one of our priority research themes, drawing on their developing networks including those of their research group(s). The SGSSS priority themes are based on the National Outcomes, which track Scotland’s progress in the National Performance Framework.
- Targeted opportunities (up to 6) with existing partners within the SGSSS consortium. The partnership details will be finalised in autumn as we work with our existing training pathways to identify candidate partnerships for inclusion, and then prioritise the most promising opportunities for collaborative working with European partners. These are likely to include existing research infrastructure investments such as the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks.
What support will be available throughout the programme?
The programme will be designed to facilitate participation from students of all backgrounds and minimise existing barriers through the following activities:
- Pre-application webinar – to source potential European partners as well as examples of how the visit could be designed, and a Q&A with students who have participated in our existing OIV scheme.
- Flexibility in placement design – supporting short visits combined with a longer online engagement for those unable to be away for a prolonged period.
- Inclusive research culture – All applicants will demonstrate how their proposal nurtures inclusive research cultures and considers under-represented groups in cohort building.
- Professional and Career development – There will be a comprehensive system of pre, during and post visit support to: help define individual and collective benefits/outcomes, enhance readiness, maximise the value of the experience and finally reflect on the outcomes. E.g. training on project management, cross-cultural communication and establishing networks; a buddy system including virtual coffees/discussion forum; and an end of programme reflective interview.
What would I need to do next?
If interested in this opportunity, save the date on your diary to attend the SER Application Q&A on the 15th of November and look out for any relevant updates in the coming weeks. We’ll be promoting the call through our Weekly Digest and the SGSSS website.
For any questions and if you would like to find out more, please contact Flaminia (SGSSS Employability and Partnership Manager) on email@example.com.
Timeline for 2021-22
Programme launch and guidance available
Online applications system opens and call for applications
Application Q&A session
Open call application deadline
Notification of application outcomes
Acceptance of award deadline
Placements and tailored training and development opportunities
End of Programme conference and ceremony
Please, note that an additional 6 targeted opportunities will be advertised on an ongoing basis starting from November/December 2021 and up to April 2022.