Promoting knowledge exchange
The Cluster of Cooperation (CLOC) Knowledge to Action (K2A) in South Asia aims to promote cooperation in research and education to Swiss and South Asian institutions working in sustainable development. K2A’s latest initiative is a mobility grant for early career researchers and senior researchers belonging to universities in Switzerland and South Asia, for projects on environmental sustainability and social wellbeing for advancing SDGs.
The K2A mobility grants for early career researchers and senior researchers seek to contribute to this aim by facilitating South-South, South-North and North-South exchanges. By this, it aims to promote knowledge circulation through exchanges between CLOC partner organisations in South Asia and Switzerland. The purpose of travel could be for carrying out field visits, research collaborations, concrete implementation of research results and/or teaching initiatives.
Early career researchers
Doctoral / post-doctoral students from South Asia and Switzerland seeking exposure and enhancing their career profiles are welcome to apply.
The researcher must choose a single institution to be a part of during the entire period of minimum 2 months of the grant.
The researcher must provide a support letter from the supervisor of the host university, enlisting the support provided by them during the research stay.
The grant is available for South-South (800 CHF), South-North (3000 CHF), North-South (1700 CHF) exchanges.
South Asian and Swiss senior researchers seeking exposure and improve their research by immersing in a different socio-cultural environment are welcome to apply.
The senior researcher must choose a single institution to be a part of during the entire period of 3 weeks of the grant. It is important that the senior researcher conducts at least three lectures or other teaching elements like workshops, co-supervision of bachelor or master students planned in the host university during the stay.
Senior researchers must provide an invitation letter from the university which specifies the teaching elements they would be engaging in during the research stay.
The grant is available for South-South (900 CHF), South-North (4200 CHF), North-South (1500 CHF) exchanges.
Please note that for mobility within South Asia, one of the partners needs to be member of the CLOC network for both categories of applicants. Membership to CLOC is not a criterion for mobility between South Asia and Switzerland
Applications must be submitted as a combined PDF file with the following mandatory documents:
– Letter of motivation
– Curriculum vitae
– Letter of support from the host university supervisor (Early career researchers), Letter of invitation from host university (Senior researchers)
– Action plan for the duration of stay
– Proposed budget for the research grant (including travel allowance and weekly expenditure)
The applications are open till 15 September 2022, and the research exercise must begin before 30 June 2023. Please note that applications are evaluated in the order of reception.