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Research Fellowships and Conference Sponsorship

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of a country that currently participates in the OECDCo-operative Research Programme (CRP), and the collaborating host institution must be located in anotherparticipating country;

  • Applicants should have 4 years of postdoctoral training;

  • Applicants should have a contract with their present employer that ensures their continued employmentafter completion of the fellowship;

  • Before submitting an application, candidates should have their employers’ agreement to the applicationand to the take up of the fellowship should they be successful.


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is offering a number of fellowships for profesionals that wish to apply for funding international conferences (such as workshops, congresses and symposia) and research fellowship grants. Travel expenses and weekly allowance will be provided. Application deadline is due Saturday 10 September 2016.


Who is eligible to apply for a CRP Research Fellowship?

- Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of a country that currently participates in the OECD Co-operative Research Programme (CRP), and the collaborating host institution must be located in another participating country.

- Whilst candidates should hold a Ph.D. or have the equivalent expertise and/or be extensively published, priority is given to the overall scientific quality of each application considering its relevance to the Programme’s Research Themes and the Programme’s multi-disciplinary focus.

- Applicants should have a contract with their present employer that ensures their continued employment after completion of the fellowship. If this is not the case, applicants are requested to ask their institution to certify that there will be a continued on-going scientific affiliation with the host laboratory once the fellowship ends, as this ensures that the relationships established during the fellowship are put to beneficial use.

- Before submitting an application, candidates should have their employers’ agreement to the application and to the take up of the fellowship should they be successful.

- A candidate who has already been the recipient of a CRP fellowship may apply for a second award, but only 5 years after the year of their first fellowship.


CRP Objectives

The Co-operative Research Programme’s main objective is to strengthen scientific knowledge and provide relevant scientific information and advice that will inform future policy decisions related to the sustainable use of natural resources, in the areas of food, agriculture, forests and fisheries.

The objective and work of the Programme are anchored in both a policy and scientific environment in the fields of food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, which, more than ever, have a multidisciplinary nature.

This happens to so as to respond to the varied demands from a range of stakeholder groups with interests in these fields, and to take into account that the world is globalised and food production systems are interlinked.


Criteria for Selection

Applications are assessed on their relevance to the CRP’s objective and the selection criteria explained below.

It is therefore highly recommended that these be addressed in any Fellowship award application:

- The promise of a relevant contribution to the achievement of the aims of the Programme

- Relevance to the Theme objective – the extent to which the proposed project addresses the objectives of the work programme and its relevance to the theme objective

- Scientific excellence – the need for clearly defined and focussed objectives, and the promise of innovative outcomes which can be achieved within the planned study

- The feasibility of achieving the goals set in the proposed work

- The scientific records and achievements of the applicant – judged for example by contributions to science and the scientific literature published

- Crossing disciplines – the extent to which the proposed study involves interactions between scientific disciplines, and a readiness to engage with those beyond the research community to explore wider societal implications1

- Dissemination – the project’s plans for appropriate dissemination of the accomplishments to optimise the benefits to society

- Potential impact – the extent to which the proposal demonstrates the value of carrying out the research collaboratively and at international level

- Policy relevance – how and the degree to which the research proposal will inform policy makers in the development of their national and international agro-food, fisheries or forestry policies.


How does the CRP Fellowship award process work?

- The deadline for submission of applications for a 2017 Fellowship is 10 September 2016. Confirmation that the application has been submitted and received by the Secretariat is automatically sent by the system.

- Fellowships may be from 6 to 26 weeks.

- Applications must be submitted in English using the on-line application form, with all relevant fields completed and detailed descriptions given where necessary. Applicants must attach their CV and a list of their publications written during the last five years. Please note that CVs will be passed on to the members of the Scientific Advisory Body who will assess the applications.
A letter of acceptance from the host institution indicating their willingness to accept the Fellow if successful must also be attached to the application. It should be on headed paper, dated and signed. The letter should also mention the starting and ending dates of the proposed fellowship, what the visiting applicant will bring to the host institution, what the host institution will bring to the applicant, the description of the work with its objectives and methods and the equipment provided.
The original of this letter must be sent to the Secretariat.

- Candidates should address all the selection criteria in their applications to increase their chances of success.

- Applicants are strongly encouraged to liaise directly with the relevant Scientific Advisory Body member (Theme Co-ordinator) prior to submitting an application.

- Award decisions will be made by mid-December 2016 and research applicants will be informed of the results by the Secretariat in January 2017 at the latest.

- It is possible that an award may be given for fewer weeks than requested in the application.

- No proposed research fellowship should be undertaken before 1 March 2017. All administrative arrangements for all research fellows departing in 2017 must be completed before 1 November 2017, although departure may be undertaken up to 15 December 2017 at the latest.


What does the Fellowship Award comprise and how is it calculated?

The Fellowship award consists of 3 components which collectively are called the travel lump sum allowance. The total travel lump sum allowance awarded will depend upon distance from the Fellow’s laboratory to the host institution and the number of weeks of the fellowship.
1. Travel costs (calculated based on a return economy class air ticket (APEX or similar). Note that the travel allowance is calculated to cover a single return trip to and from the host laboratory and the place of domicile.
2. Weekly Subsistence Allowance: currently 400 EUR or 450 EUR per week (depending on the cost of living of the host country). This subsistence allowance is to cover all normal living expenses (accommodation, food, etc.) and incidentals (daily travel to and from work etc.)
3. Terminal charges: A lump sum allowance of 165 EUR is paid to cover transportation costs incurred in the taking and leaving of duties at the host laboratory.
Please note that these are the only costs covered by the travel lump sum for the fellowship period and no other costs
will be reimbursed.


What the Fellowship Award does not cover:

An accepted Fellow is not insured by the Co-operative Research Programme or the OECD. Successful applicants must therefore liaise with their employer to ensure that they have adequate insurance, including medical cover, throughout the entire fellowship.

Day-to-day Travel:
Daily travel to/from the host laboratory (going to work) is not covered separately as this is covered by the travel costs lump sum.

Family Travel, Bench Fees, Laboratory Fees and Other Incidentals:
- The travel costs, subsistence costs and any other related expenses of family members wishing to join a fellow during their fellowship are not covered. The fellowship award pertains to the fellow only.
- Costs pertaining to administrative procedures, such as passports and visas, medical coverage, insurance of any kind, removals, are at the expense of the fellow.
- Laboratory costs and bench fees are not covered. These are usually covered by the host laboratory. If not, the fellow must find funds to cover them; the home organisation may be able to contribute towards these costs.

Costs incurred in acquiring a visa for the host country (if one is necessary) are not covered. If a visa is required for your host country, we would strongly advise successful applicants to contact the relevant embassy or consulate to find out how long is needed to obtain a visa. Administrative delays with visa processing could impact on the departure date and therefore possibly delay the fellowship schedule.

Tax Status:
Under the present fellowship award, you are not considered to be an official of the OECD; you will therefore not be privileged to any tax exemptions on the lump sum paid by the Organisation.

Bank Charges
The OECD is not liable for any charges that may be levied by receiving banks for receiving bank transfers or for cashing cheques.

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