Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre)
 

Joint NAM S&T Centre – ZMT Bremen (Germany) Fellowship
in Tropical Coastal Marine Ecology and Biogeochemistry

Announcement for 2013

The Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre; www.namstct.org) is pleased to invite applications from suitable candidates from the developing countries for the Joint NAM S&T Centre - ZMT Bremen (Germany) Fellowship in Tropical Coastal Marine Ecology and Biogeochemistry for the year 2013.

This Fellowship scheme was initiated in January 2008 for affiliation of the scientists from the developing countries with the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen, Germany [website: www.zmt-bremen.de; E-mail: corinna.harms@zmt-bremen.de] for a period of up to 3 months to work with its senior researchers and faculty members for upgrading research skills and undertaking short-term joint research projects in the fields related to Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Tropical Coastal Marine Systems. Depending on the research topic, the Fellows can also benefit from the ZMT’s association with the Marine Science Institute of Bremen University, Max Plank Institute for Marine Microbiology and the MARUM Research Centre in Bremen. 

Under this scheme, the NAM S&T Centre sponsors up to five scientists in a given calendar year, of which only one scientist can be from any particular developing country. The Centre covers the international airfare to the selected scientists from its member countries, but applications from those developing countries, which are still not the member of the NAM S&T Centre, are also welcome subject to certain conditions. ZMT provides a monthly subsistence allowance of €1250 to meet the accommodation and other expenses in Bremen.

The selected scholars will have to obey the German VISA regulations according to which one can stay only for a maximum period of 90 days in Germany, beyond which the VISA regulations are more stringent.

Applications in the relevant format recommended by the parent institutions of the applicants may be submitted to the NAM S&T Centre electronically. Hard copies of applications sent by post or FAX will not be accepted.

The selection will be made strictly based on the professional details of the applicant, plan of work to be carried out and mutual research interests of the applicant and ZMT. Copies of the guidelines for the Fellowship scheme and the application form are attached (also available at the Centre’s Website www.namstct.org). The Guidelines may please be read carefully before making the application.

The last date for submitting application for the Fellowship is 31st May 2013. Please submit all the documents required as per the CHECK LIST at the end.

The selection will be made strictly based on the professional details of the applicant, plan of work to be carried out and mutual research interests of the applicant and ZMT. Copies of the guidelines for the Fellowship and the application form are attached (also available at the Centre’s Website www.namstct.org). The Guidelines may please be read carefully before submitting the application.

Copies of the guidelines for the Fellowship and the application form are attached. Completed applications recommended by the parent institutions of the applicants may be submitted directly to the NAM S&T Centre.
 

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Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre)

Joint NAM S&T Centre ZMT Bremen Fellowship in Tropical Coastal Marine Ecology and Biogeochemistry

GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION FORM

Background

In pursuance of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concluded by the NAM S&T Centre [www.namstct.org] with the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (Zentrum für Marine Tropenökologie - ZMT), Bremen, Germany [www.zmt-bremen.de], a Joint NAM S&T Centre – ZMT Bremen Fellowship scheme was initiated in 2008 for providing opportunities to the scientists from the developing countries to affiliate themselves with ZMT to upgrade their research skills and conduct joint research in Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Tropical Coastal Marine Systems.

Objectives

The objectives of the Joint NAM S&T Centre – ZMT Bremen Fellowship Programme are:
 

a)
 

To provide opportunities to the scientists and researchers from the developing countries to work with senior researchers and faculty members in ZMT Bremen for upgrading their research skills in the fields related to Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Tropical Coastal Marine Systems.

b) To facilitate the scientists and researchers from the developing countries to undertake short-term joint research projects at ZMT Bremen.
c)
 

a)  To provide a mechanism to the scientists and researchers from the developing countries to use the equipment and facility of ZMT Bremen for their own research activities on mutually agreed terms and conditions.

d) To facilitate exchange of information and contacts and create a network between the scientists and researchers from Germany and other developing countries.
e)
   

     Depending on the topic of their research, the Fellows can also benefit from the ZMT’s association with the MARUM Research Center in Bremen, which brings together the other Marine Science Institutions in the University of Bremen and the Max Plank Institute for Marine Microbiology.

Number of Fellowships

Up to 5 scientists and researchers from the developing countries will be sponsored each year by the NAM S&T Centre to work at ZMT Bremen under the Joint Fellowship Programme. They will be selected strictly on merit and competitive basis.

Duration of Fellowship          

The maximum duration of Fellowship will be three months. All the selected scholars will have to obey the German VISA regulations according to which one can stay only for a maximum period of 90 days in Germany, beyond which the VISA regulations are more stringent.

Eligibility

a)

The applicant must hold at least a Master of Science (M.Sc.) or an equivalent degree and should be actively engaged in research and development.

b)

There is no upper age limit, but younger scientists will be preferred.

c)

Selection is strictly on merit based on the scientific quality of the proposal submitted by the applicant.

d)

From a developing country only one scientist / researcher will be accepted in any given financial year.


Financial and Other Terms
a)

ZMT Bremen will provide subsistence allowance of €1250 per month for accommodation, meals and out-of-pocket expenses in Bremen for the duration of the fellowship.

b)



 

The NAM S&T Centre will pay the return international airfare from the home country to Bremen, Germany to the selected scientists / researchers, subject to the endorsement by the Focal Point of the NAM S&T Centre in the country of the applicant and only from those member countries of the NAM S&T Centre or members of the NAM S&T – Industry Network, which have no outstanding dues towards the annual membership subscription to the Centre. [Lists of member countries and members of the NAM S&T – Industry Network are available in the Centre’s website www.namstct.org.]. Applications from defaulting member countries and without the endorsement of the Focal Points as well as from other developing countries, which are not the members of the NAM S&T Centre, are also welcome, but in such cases, the sending country or the candidates themselves will have to arrange for their international travel and pay US$500 to the NAM S&T Centre in advance towards its administrative expenses.

c)
 

ZMT Bremen will provide all possible facilities and access to various equipment in its constituent laboratories that may be required by the Fellows for implementing their research activity under the supervision of a senior ZMT scientist.

d)

Individual Fellows or their governments / institutions will be required to bear the following costs:


 

All expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for passport and visa, required medical examinations and vaccinations and miscellaneous expenses such as internal travel to/from the airport of departure in the home country.

Salary and other related allowances for the Fellows during the Fellowship period.

Cost towards medical insurance to cover the period of Fellowship in Germany.

e)

The NAM S&T Centre and ZMT Bremen will not assume responsibility for the following expenditure in connection with the Fellowship of a particular scientist/researcher:

Insurance, medical bills or hospitalisation fees.

Compensation in the event of death, disability or loss of personal belongings or compensation for damage caused by climatic or other conditions.

Submission and Selection of Applications

a)

Applications for the fellowship may be submitted in the prescribed format (attached) directly to the NAM S&T Centre and not to ZMT Bremen. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

b)

A proposal on the scientific work to be carried out at ZMT Bremen must be attached with the application. To prepare the proposal the applicants may carefully study the material available on the website of ZMT Bremen [www.zmt-bremen.de] and then, if necessary, get in touch with the ZMT at E-mail: corinna.harms@zmt-bremen.de

c)

Five applicants will be selected each year out of all the applications received based on the professional details supplied and the Plan of Work submitted by the applicants.

d)

In matter of selection, the decision of the NAM S&T Centre and ZMT Bremen shall be final.


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