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New funding for students and staff to go global

Opportunities to expand academic horizons by teaching or researching abroad are multiplying at LSE, which has announced a string of new grants.

The awards are on offer for LSE faculty or PhD students who could enrich their work by spending time abroad at partner institutions in New York, Paris or Singapore, or by conducting joint research with their scholars.

 Funding is available in three separate schemes: 

  • PhD students can apply (by 1 June) for bursaries of £2,500 to conduct research at Columbia University in New York, Sciences Po in Paris or at The National University of Singapore – all partners with LSE in the Global Public Policy Network. Applicants for the exchange scheme must be working in a policy-related field and have already been upgraded to full doctoral status. They will compete for just six places, two at each institution, to be taken up for two to three months between September 2009 and July 2010.   
  • Faculty members can apply (by 15 July) to take part in an exchange scheme between LSE and Columbia, in which they would spend a term on the other side of the Atlantic. LSE staff would receive up to £5,000 for a teaching stint which meets a need in the host department and which enables substantial engagement with students.   
  • The Global Public Policy Network is offering up to £20,000 for two projects through its 2009 Call for Proposals under its Collaborative Research Grant Programme (deadline 30 June). The scheme requires collaboration between faculty at LSE and at least one of the other three GPPN partners. Projects which look at urgent social issues and global policy debates are strongly encouraged.

Competition for all three initiatives is expected to be intense and successful applicants will be asked to report back at the end of their projects.

Mark Maloney, Head of Academic Partnerships at LSE, said: 'All three of these schemes aim to cement the School's collaboration with its key partners. They also seek to enhance the quality of world-class contemporary teaching or research of all participants.'

More information about the full range of LSE's international collaborative activities is available at the Academic Partnerships website: www.lse.ac.uk/academicpartnerships


22 May 2009