The selection of grantees

The selection of doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers who will receive support under the project “Innovation and Development in the structuring and knowledge representation through    doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships   (IDSRC – doc postdoc)”   is based on contest. It is organized by the Romanian Academy, Iaşi Branch as the beneficiary of the project, in collaboration with partners involved in the project.

Contest stages

The contest for scholarships comprises two successive stages:

a) candidates’ analysis of scientific work based on the record;

b) interview aimed at deepening the scientific quality assessment of candidates and their language skills.This stage will be recorded on video or audio with the consent of candidates;registration refusal entails the loss of the right to appeal.

For each stage of the contest, the evaluation process will be made ​​on the following candidates:

– PhD students enrolled in the first year of doctoral studies for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014;

– PhD students enrolled in the first year of doctoral studies for 2011-2012;

– Postdoctoral researchers holding a PhD obtained in Romania or abroad, up to five years before the effective date of the contract of postdoctoral fellowships.

Conditions for admission to the contest

To join the contest, the candidate for PhD scholarships   must meet the following conditions:

a) to be registered in the first year of doctoral studies from an accredited institution in Romania for the years 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014 in the following fields of study: philosophy, social sciences and humanities (anthropology, bioethics, economy, philology, psychology and educational sciences, political science and international relations, sociology, cultural studies, cognitive sciences, communication sciences, historical sciences, legal sciences, etc.) and technical and exact sciences;

b) to be an EU citizen or a citizen lawfully residing in Romania;

c) to have not previously received financial support through projects funded under HRD doctoral scholarships, DMI 1.5,

d) to have not received another PhD Scholarship during the Project;

e) to have the written permission to be part of the project target group from the institution to which it is registered;

f) to possess communication skills in at least one foreign language;

To join the contest,   the candidate for postdoctoral fellowships must meet the following conditions:

a) to have obtained a PhD in Romania or abroad, up to five years before the effective date of the contract of postdoctoral fellowships in the following fields of study: philosophy, social sciences and humanities (anthropology, bioethics, economy, philology, psychology and educational sciences, political science and international relations, sociology, cultural studies, cognitive sciences, communication sciences, historical sciences, legal sciences, etc.) and technical and exact sciences.Candidates who have obtained a PhD abroad must prove its equivalence in Romania under national law in force;

b) to be an EU citizen or a citizen lawfully residing in Romania;

c) to have not previously received financial support through projects funded under HRD postdoctoral fellowship, DMI 1.5;

d) to have not received another postdoctoral fellowship during the Project;

e) to possess communication skills in at least one foreign language;

f) to have experience in research, proven by the scientific sessions, conferences, congresses and scientific publications.

Registration venue

Applications should be made:

a) by submitting to Gheorghe Zane Institute of Economic and Social Research, Iaşi, no.2, Teodor Codrescu Street, ground floor, Secretariat, Room 1 (between 09.00 – 16.00) or by post at the address (the postmark is the last day of submission files stage)

and

b) online at the address stated in the notice of contest with the documents listed below, until the last day of submission files stage, 16:00 GMT.

Failure deadline for submitting the application entails the non-inclusion in the contest.

File content for the contest

Candidate for doctoral scholarship contest must submit a registration file including:

a) the application form for registration in standard format available on the project site (www.proiectIDSRC.acadiasi.ro);

b) CV in Europass format (dated and signed on each page) with attached copy of the following:

  • identity card;
  • marriage certificate or other document attesting the name change (if applicable);
  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Master’s degree (if applicable);
  • other relevant diplomas or certificates;

c) list of scientific papers as presented at conferences, congresses, symposia, etc.;

d) list of published scientific works;

e) a representative scientific paper(which may also be the leaving work of the last study cycle);

f) a certificate of registration to doctoral studies from the institution to which the candidate is registered proving the written consent to be part of the project target group;

g) a research project of 2500 words maximum.The research project must be convergent with the research topic of the candidate’sPhD thesis and the research topic / topics as part of the contest;

h) a representative bibliography for the project.

Candidate for postdoctoral scholarship contest   must submit a registration file including:

a) the application form for registration in standard format available on the project site (www.proiectIDSRC.acadiasi.ro);

b) CV in Europass format (dated and signed on each page) with attached copy of the following:

  • identity card;
  • marriage certificate or other document attesting the name change (if applicable);
  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Master’s degree (if applicable);
  • PhD diploma;
  • other relevant diplomas or certificates;

c) list of scientific papers presented at conferences, congresses, symposia, etc.;

d) list of published scientific works;

e) a representative scientific work;

f) an original letter of recommendation from some academics, researchers and personalities of the scientific and academic community;

g) a research project of 2500 words maximum signed and dated;

h) a representative bibliography project.

Additional provisions on contest

a) Each candidate has the right to register with a single research project.

b) Each candidate may express the option for a maximum 3 of the 14 project research themes, provided that the proposed research project to be convergent with each of the topics.

c) The candidate who has opted for more than a research topic must specify the order of preference within the application form. Selection of a research topic is made according to the preference and only after admission to the interview test specific to the topic.

d) Assessment of the candidates’ files that have opted for more than a research topic will be conducted by the relevant commission of the first option.

Evaluation Criteria

The criteria underlying the evaluation of projects submitted by the candidates are:

a) relevance of experience in project research topics;
b) ability in conducting research, publication and dissemination of research results;
c) theoretical foundations of the proposed research project;
d) degree of originality and novelty of the proposed research project;
e) relevance of research hypotheses;
f) quality of the proposed research methodology;
g) consistency, clarity and coherence of the research plan proposed by the applicant;
h) level of awareness and quality of bibliography;
i) convergence of the individual research project the topic of the research group;
j) feasibility, sustainability and development opportunities of the research project;
k) potential applicability of the estimated results of the project;
l) interdisciplinary nature of the project;
m) complying with the ethical norms of scientific research.

Based on the above mentioned criteria, scorecards are established. The score given in Step 1 of the contest will be up to 100, assigned as follows:

  • 25 points for the candidate’s scientific expertise;
  • 25 points for the ability to develop a scientific work;
  • 25 points for scientific structure of the project;
  • 25 points for the way in which the individual project integrates within the research topic of the group

Applicants who submit an incomplete file over the registration deadline or who do not qualify for inclusion in the contest specified above, will be rejected, without going through the specific evaluation procedures. Also, if, based on the record, we identified elements inconsistent with the ethical principles of research, the competitor will be rejected.

To promote stage I (interview) candidates should obtain the following scores:

a) PhD students candidates enrolled in the first year of doctoral studies for 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, more than 65 points;

b) postdoctoral researchers candidates holding a PhD obtained in Romania or abroad, up to five years before the effective date of the contract of postdoctoral fellowships, minimum 80 points.

Interview

The location of the interview will be announced later.

The interview will be audio or video recorded with the consent of candidates. In case of refusal the candidate looses the right to appeal.

Candidates who have opted for more research topics and promoted stage 1 of the contest will be separately assessed within the interview related to each topic.

Showing results

Partial and final results will be displayed at the headquarters of the Romanian Academy, Iaşi Branch at Gheorghe Zane Institute of Economic and Social Research on the current project website (www.proiectIDSRC.acadiasi.ro) and at the location where the interview took place.

Appeals

Complaints can be made ​​within 24 hours after the results after each step in writing by stating the reasons. The lack of substantiated motivation will lead to the cancellation of complaint.

The appeals for   first stage   will be resolved by the Board of Appeals within 48 hours of submission; appeals for   the second stage   will be resolved by the Board of Appeals within 48 hours of the end.

The outcome of the appeal will be conveyed to the candidate by email.

The conclusion of grant agreements

Candidates accepted after the second stage of the contest for the postdoctoral fellowships   are required to be present within 48 hours after the final results, at the Romanian Academy headquarters, Iaşi Branch or at Partner 1 headquarters bearing the original documents submitted for registration, to sign the grant agreement.

Candidates accepted after the second stage of the contest for   PhD scholarships   are required to be present within maximum 5 business days after the final results, at the Romanian Academy headquarters, Iaşi Branch or at Partner 1 headquarters bearing the original documents submitted for registration and the tripartite scholarship agreement signed and stamped by the legal representative of the institution that acts as a PhD student (triplicate).

In case of the infringement provided above, the candidate shall be deemed rejected the place remained free is occupied by the runner in his category of candidates to the specific assessment of the research topic for which he/she candidates.