Support for Travel for Doctoral and Post-doctoral Fellows Participating in Emerging Leaders 2020

Important dates

09 Oct 2019

Date call is made active

20 Nov 2019

Application submission deadline

20 Dec 2019

Latest anticipated date for announcement of funding decisions

01 Jan 2020

Earliest permitted project start

01 Jan 2020

Latest permitted project start

31 Jan 2020

Latest permitted project completion

Important dates


The Emerging Leaders programme is an early career mentoring programme designed to provide young researchers with a framework for network-building, leadership development and an introduction to scientific opportunities and challenges in the pan-Arctic region. The Emerging Leaders programme will be held in advance of the Arctic Frontiers 2020 conference in Tromsø, Norway, and includes participation in the first two days of the conference. 

About the call for proposals

Funding is available for ten travel grants in connection with the Emerging Leaders programme taking place 22–28 January in Norway in Bodø, Lofoten and Tromsø. Doctoral and post-doctoral fellows under the age of 35 (born in or after 1985) who are affiliated with a Norwegian university or research institute are eligible to apply. The applicant must have a particular interest in Arctic topics.

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Who is eligible to apply?

Grant applications may be submitted by approved research organisations. See here for the list of approved Norwegian research organisations.

Who can participate in the project?

Requirements relating to the Project Owner

The organisation must be listed as the Project Owner in the application form and must have authorised you to submit the grant application.

  • The project administrator is a designated individual who is authorised to represent and assume obligations on behalf of the Project Owner in relation to the Research Council.
  • The grant application must be approved by the project administrator and the main supervisor.

Requirements relating to the project manager

  • The project manager designated in the grant application must be the doctoral or post-doctoral research fellow for whom funding is sought.

The research fellow must be affiliated with a Norwegian university or research institute.

What can you seek funding for?

You may apply for a travel grant of NOK 35 000 for participation in the Emerging Leaders 2020 programme. The amount is to cover costs for accommodation, tickets for the Hurtigruten cruise vessel, social activities, all meals and the first two days of the Arctic Frontiers conference. Travel costs to Bodø and from Tromsø are not covered.

The project start must be 1 January 2020 and the latest permitted project completion is 31 January 2020.

Reporting and disbursement of funding

Upon completion of the programme, grant recipients are required to submit a brief report to the organiser. The travel grant will be disbursed by the Research Council after it has received confirmation of participation and the organiser’s approval of the report.

Relevant thematic areas for this call

The agenda for the Emerging Leaders event is closely linked to the topic of Arctic Frontiers 2020, “The Power of Knowledge”, and includes the following sessions:

  1. Politics and Security in the High North;
  2. Technology Development and Arctic Business;
  3. 2020 – Annual topic: The Power of Knowledge;
  4. Workshop: preparing for Emerging Leaders presentations at Arctic Frontiers.

Doctoral and post-doctoral research fellows in subject fields related to the Arctic and/or relevant to the thematic areas listed above are invited to apply for travel grants. Candidates with a technology-based focus are especially encouraged to apply.


The Arctic

Practical information

Requirements for this application type

  • Grant applications and all attachments, may be submitted in Norwegian or English.
  • All attachments must be uploaded in PDF format.

Applications must fulfil the following requirements:

  • The applicant/Project Owner must come from an eligible category of institution.
  • The grant application must lie within the scope/satisfy the objectives of this call.
  • The funding amount sought and the expenses to be covered must be in keeping with the framework of the call.
  • The budget must be formulated correctly to clearly indicate what the funding will cover.
  • The application form must be fully completed.
  • The required attachments must be included using the designated templates.
  • The project description must provide answers to the items set out in the text of the call.

Mandatory attachments

  • A CV for the project manager (research fellow), using the designated template found at the bottom of this page. This is to be uploaded as attachment type “Curriculum vitae (CV)”. 
  • A letter describing the research fellow’s fields of interest, his or her motivation for taking part in Emerging Leaders as well as the expectations the candidate has for the programme. This is to be uploaded as attachment type “Other”.
  • A Letter of Support from the main supervisor or direct superior. This is to be uploaded as attachment type “Recommendation and invitation”.
  • A summary of a thematically relevant presentation (maximum 2 pages). This is to be uploaded as attachment type “Project description”.

The summary will be used in the assessment of grant applications and as a basis for inviting participants to give a short presentation as part of the Emerging Leaders event programme. As such, the summary must contain enough information to assess its relevance to Artic topics. 

The summary must show that the presentation:

  • will promote dissemination of valuable knowledge within the thematic areas covered by Emerging Leaders 2020;
  • will have high relevance and scientific merit;
  • provides new or recently published data or innovations;
  • is not of a commercial nature and does not advertise any specific companies, products or services.

Grant applications that do not satisfy the above requirements will be rejected. 

Administrative procedures

The applications will be subject to administrative review by the Research Council and the Emerging Leaders project coordinator. The final decision regarding grant funding will be taken by the Research Council administration.

In addition to the individual application review, an overall assessment of all the applications will be conducted. Importance will be attached to the following:

  • ensuring that an adequate variety of relevant subjects are represented;
  • ensuring that grants are awarded across different organisations;
  • achieving the best possible gender balance.

The final decision regarding funding is expected to be announced by at the latest 20 December 2019.

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