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Modalidad 2. Visiting Researchers Grant

These grants are part of our programme to promote research on self-government, federalism, intergovernamental relations and territorial minorities. Our Institute (Institute for Self-Government Studies - Institut d'Estudis de l'Autogovern, IEA) is linked to the Government of Catalonia. The Visiting Researchers Grants are meant to promote academic research on Catalonia. We welcome submissions in which Catalonia is either a case-study among others or a single case.

In this page you can find some frequently asked questions on the IEA Visiting Researchers Grant Programme.

In case you have any other question, please do not hesitate to contact us at beques.iea@gencat.cat.

How to submit

On-line Application Website

Applications must be submitted electronically. Click on this link to go to the On-line Applications Website.

Call for applications: from December 4 2018 to February 4 2019 (both included).

The grant aims at internationally promoting academic research on the self-government of Catalonia by funding research stages for foreign researchers within consolidated research groups attached to Catalan universities.
Submissions must include a research project based upon at least one of the research lines of the IEA:

  • The self-government of Catalonia.
  • The system of decentralization in Spain.
  • The European Union and the Catalan self-government.
  • Comparative analyses dealing with federalism and other systems of governance (including Catalonia).
  • Self-determination and secession.

This visiting grant is for researchers in the areas of Constitutional Law;  European Union Law; International Law;  Political and Social Sciences; and Economics.  They must have a professional link to a university or research centre outside of Catalonia and of Spain.

Applicants must already hold a PhD degree when they submit their application.

Researchers may apply for visits that can last between 3 and 6 months. Once the research stage has been completed, visiting researchers will have up to 6 months to submit a research paper according to the criteria established by the IEA.

Visits may be planned for 2019 and 2020. In any case, when planning your stage you must take into account that on a whole (stage+ up-to-six-month period for submitting the research project), the grant period cannot be extended beyond 30 June 2020.

During the stage, researchers will have to contact the IEA in order to agree an academic activity of diffusion of the research project (conference, debate, etc.) to be hold at the IEA.

The value of the grant award would based upon a double concept: a monthly allowance (1,800€ each month) and the costs of a return flight ticket from and to your place of residence. The cost of the return ticket has a ceiling and differs depending on the country the researcher comes from. This ceiling is based upon the standard cost of return-flight ticket cost in economy class. Check the Table "Ceiling costs of return flights by country of origin".


Preparing your application

1.  You will have to contact a research group within a Catalan university (or research centre) so you both can agree the terms of your visit. 

2. Your application has to contain three separate documents:

  • Your research project (in a standard form - available at the On-line Application Website)
  • Your CV (free format - it has to contain a selection of the last five years publications, research projects and other relevant academic activities.)
  • The basic information about the Catalan research group (in a standard form - available at the On-line Application Website).

 All the information on how to submit is available at the On-line Application Website. 

The amount of the grant will be paid in four instalments:

  • 10% of the total amount at the moment of awarding the grant.
  • 50% one month before starting the stage.
  • 25% after having organized a research activity with IEA.
  • Last 15% conditioned on the IEA positive evaluation of the research paper (that has to be submitted no later than 6 months after the end of the stage).

The research paper must be submitted no later than 6 months after the end of the stage and must comply with the following criteria:

  • It must be written as an academic article.
  • Extension: between 9000-10000 words (including footnotes, references and annexes).
  • Language: The article should be written in English although articles written in Catalan and Spanish will also be accepted.
Fecha de actualización:  16.11.2018