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Click on the links below to find more information about what is supported within POME:

  1. Lecturing and course activity

  2. Jointly supervised master theses

  3. Jointly supervised Ph.d. projects

  4. Young scientist workshops

  5. Student internships

  6. Joint study programme

1. Lecturing and course activity

The proposed project permits the broadening of the existing course programme at both university institutions. Travel scholarships (3-6 months) will allow for stays up to one semester to participate in complementary lectures at the partner university. Short term staff exchange will be financed to contribute specific knowledge to the existing course programmes at both universities and to introduce student research projects. The grants will be advertised twice a year.

2. Master theses

Jointly supervised master theses will be established and student exchange will be financed by student scholarships. Staff exchange (1-3 months) with the purpose to develop and accomplish joint supervision of student research projects will complement the student exchange programmes. Mobility grants (13500 NOK/month, approximately 2300 Can$/month) for master students will be advertised twice a year, proposals related to master thesis will be planned together with the co-supervisors.

3. Ph.d. projects

Ph. d. research projects will be established on a collaborative base. The students supervision committee will comprise researchers from Norwegian and Canadian partner institutions. The proposed project will contribute with financial support to exchange and mobility of the students. The Ph. d. mobility grants (13500 NOK/month, approximately 2300 Can$/month) extend to a maximum of 6 months. In addition, staff exchange will be financed with the purpose to supervise and the Ph. d. projects. Mobility grants will be advertised and mobility plans will be developed and proposed together with the co-supervisors.

4. Young scientist topical workshops

We will support travel costs for a few topical workshops in areas of mutual interests. These workshops should involve one or more young scientist, supervisors and additional scientist with key expertise. Grants will be advertised once a year, seeking of additional funding will be recommended.

5. International student internships

A limited number of international internships will be offered for graduate and undergraduate students to spend c. 8 weeks in the "other" country working under the supervision of a PhD student. A few of them will be offered for the very best undergraduates. Grants (15000 NOK (approximately 2600 Can$) in total per internship) will be advertised twice a year, the PhD students can apply and write a short project description of what the interns would be doing during their stay. The funded internships will be selected and advertised, the students then apply and rank their preferences for these internships. The partnership then covers air-fare and accommodation for a c. 8 week working stay of the very best applicants. Some, limited cost sharing will be required from the hosting group to ensure “commitment" (minimum 5000 NOK or ca. 900 Can$).

The internship programme is inpsired by the RISE programme of the German DAAD ("German Academic Exchange Service"). It had turned out to be very good for both the PhD students and the undergraduates. The Germans have found that many of the undergraduates return to Germany either for graduate study or for postdocs after completion of their studies. The programme breaks down cultural barriers and gives the undergraduates a very stimulating research experience. The mentoring by PhD students is the key, it creates more social cohesion and often better supervision than with older, busier Professor.

6. Towards joint study programmes

As part of the proposed project, the participating faculty staff will compare the different educational programmes, understand the specific national and academic challenges and evaluate the possibilities for a sustainable collaboration in joint study and joint degree programmes.

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