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Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Blue Charter Fellowships 2019 for Academics in Commonwealth Countries

As part of the Marine Plastics Research & Innovation Framework, the ACU is launching a new fellowship programme that will provide 35 academic fellows with 2-3 month placements at ACU member universities across the Commonwealth, as well as in industry.

Application Deadline: 7th November at 23:59 GMT.

About the Award: The Commonwealth Blue Charter affirms our collective commitment to preserving and nurturing the world’s oceans. Part of this includes tackling marine pollution – specifically the issue of marine plastics, which are drastically affecting the health of our oceans, marine life, and the Blue Economy.

These fellowships will support world-class research and innovation in marine plastics, and help fulfil the objectives of the Commonwealth Marine Plastics Research and Innovation Framework.

Field of Study: Research and research translation areas will cover the broad area of marine plastics, including:

  • preventing plastics from getting into the sea
  • developing alternatives to plastics
  • the potential for cleaning up the seas
  • sustainable design
  • plastics waste management
  • green chemistry, including degradable polymers
  • the effects of plastics on aquatic life
  • education around plastics use and consumer behaviour
  • sociological and media approaches to plastics

Type: Fellowship (Academic)

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be PhD students or post-PhD research staff at ACU member institutions in any Commonwealth country.
  • Applications from early career researchers (ECRs) are particularly welcomed. Early career is defined as current PhD students, researchers up to 10 years post-PhD, and also researchers who are returning to academic work following a career break.
  • Applicants from any discipline will be considered, as long as they can demonstrate how their work relates to the topic.
  • The fellowship must take place at an ACU member institution, or in industry , outside the fellow’s country of residence.
  • Fellows are expected to be highly skilled and motivated researchers whose proposed research topic is innovative, timely, and likely to lead to wider impact beyond the academic community.
  • Applicants must submit proof that the host institution is happy to host their fellowship as part of the application process.

Number of Awards: 35

Value of Award: 

  • Fellows will receive a grant of up to £8000 GBP to cover travel, accommodation, sustenance, travel insurance, vaccinations and visa costs.
  • All fellows will also receive a research grant of £2000 GBP for research costs – this can include conference participation – associated with the fellowship.

Duration of Programme: The fellowships will last between two and three months, and must take place between 27 December 2018 and 31 March 2019.

How to Apply: Complete the online application form by Wednesday 7 November at 23:59 GMT.

Visit Programme Webpage for Details

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