Guidelines for career fellowships

The Liaison Committee (Samarbeidsorganet) is to assess each year the awarding of a career fellowship to a researcher under 45 years of age. The purpose is to make it possible for younger, outstanding researchers to build up their own research environment. The career fellowship is the next rung on the career ladder after postdoctoral and/or research periods and requires the candidate to have demonstrated a high degree of independence. The career fellowship is a personal fellowship that cannot be transferred to others.

Who can apply – requirements at the time of application

The applicant must be employed by a health trust in the region or by a private, non-profit institution that has an agreement with Helse Vest. If the employment requirements are not met, people who are employed by universities and colleges in the region, as well as private substance abuse centres and rehabilitation institutions with an agreement with Helse Vest, can still apply if an agreement of support with a health trust or a private, non-profit institution is attached.

If funds are awarded

The positions financed by the research funds are to be employed by the applicant institution (health trust or private, non-profit institutions).

It should be possible for the research fellow to change employers during the fellowship, as long as this is another health trust or private, non-profit institution in the region. It is nevertheless the applicant institution that has the final word on whether the institutional responsibility for the project should also be changed. Conditions for any such potential change must be clarified by agreements between the institutions in question.

Application requirements

Extra stringent requirements will be set for applications in this category. Potential candidates must have demonstrated a high degree of independence. Whether candidates will be able to build a research environment will be emphasized in the evaluation and this should be clearly stated in the application.

What can be applied for

The career fellowship is to cover the salary of one's own position (postdoctoral fellowship rate), an appurtenant fellowship (PhD or postdoctoral fellowship), and additional operating funds. The fellowship rates include salary with social expenses and some operating costs. The applicant institution is required to partially finance the career fellowship (25 %).
The total cost for the career fellowship is currently up to NOK 2.3 million per year for 4 years, including partial financing from the applicant institution. 75 % of this amount can be applied for on the application form. The contribution from the applicant institution (25 %) should be accounted for in the agreement of support, refer to required attachments. If the total cost is less than NOK 2.3 million per year, this needs to be explained in the project description.

Separate applications must be submitted if the applicant wishes to be assessed for the category of a postdoctoral fellowship or an ordinary multi-year project, in case the application for a career fellowship is not successful in the competition. The budget and project description must be adapted to the individual application category.

Project description and other attachments

The application requires two attachments:

1. Project description

A general template for project description has been prepared which is to be used when submitting applications for research funds. The template gives information about which elements to include in the project description. The project description is to be uploaded as an attachment to the application (PDF document).

2. Other required attachments

The attachments must be compiled into one PDF document in the following order:

    1. The applicant's CV and list of publications from the last five years
    2. Agreement of support, if necessary (refer to the information on the agreement of support.)
    3. Declaration of support from the applicant institution that is to contain an overview of the institution´s financing of the career fellowship (see below), and where it is stated in what way the candidate's skills and research plan are included in the research strategy of the institution, refer to template for agreement of support.  Applications with no signed declaration of support attached will be excluded.