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Open call for the 2024-2025 Momentum Programme

**THE CALL IS NOW CLOSED** This is a call for applications to the 6th UiB Momentum Programme. The application deadline is 17.00 on the 22 mars 2024. Information on eligibility criteria, the application process, admission requirements and participation in the programme is available below.

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Momentum is the UiB career development programme for early stage researchers at UiB who seek a career in academia.

Please read the call carefully before sending your application.

Seminar programme

The Momentum programme includes five seminars, planned to run between August 2024 and June 2025. Seminars are designed to:

  1. Provide resources, training and advice to support participants’ strategic career planning and development toward research independence/leadership (commensurate with their discipline/career stage).
  2. Support participants to be able to develop and deliver competitive applications to appropriate national and international funding instruments. 
  3. Facilitate the development of participants’ professional networks.
  4. Promote the development of interdisciplinary connections and networks within UiB.

The seminars ae structured around the key categories career development and external funding, with the topics of the seminars being excellence, impact, research leadership and implementation, internationalization, and grant writing.

Attendance at the seminars is compulsory. Exceptions will only be made for statutory leaves of absence or sickness.

Momentum stipend and mentoring

In addition to the seminar series, Momentum delegates receive a NOK 100 000 stipend to spend on mentoring, travel, networking, research stays, conferences, workshops and other activities directly related to their career development.

Mentoring

NOK 50 000 of the stipend can be used to work with an international academic mentor. Faculties and/or institutes/centers are responsible for helping to find a suitable mentor. It is not mandatory to engage a mentor.

Who can apply?

Postdocs, researchers and associate professors employed at UiB can apply to Momentum. Candidates should adhere to the following eligibility criteria:

  • The candidates should normally have a minimum 80 % FTE position at UiB.
  • Employees in fixed-term positions must have at least one year left on their contract at the start of the programme in August 2024.
  • It should be no more than six (6) years since candidates have obtained their PhD from the start of the programme in August 2024. You can subtract time for statutory leaves of absence, compulsory military or civilian service or sick leave.
  • Candidates admitted to the programme must have a plan to apply for external funding in the coming 12-24 months.         

Application process

If you wish to apply, please submit the electronic application form. Please include the following documents*, which should be uploaded with your application:

  • A cover letter explaining your motivation for applying to Momentum and your plans to apply for external funding (maximum 2 pages).
  • Your academic CV.
  • A short letter of recommendation from your head of department, institute, or research center (maximum 1 page).

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on the 22 March 2024.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or the seminar series, please contact Cecilie Nordbotten or Ingunn Voster at the Division of Research and Innovation.

*The documents may be in English or Norwegian/Scandinavian language

Admission requirements

Momentum delegates are assessed and chosen by their respective faculties.

Attendance at seminars is compulsory. Exceptions will only be made for statutory leaves of absence or sickness.

If you are admitted onto the programme, you will be asked to start working on your career development plan and to plan the use of your stipend (including mentor, if chosen) before the first seminar.