Those of you interested in coming to work at Stirling from outside the UK should seriously consider the European funding schemes, in particular the second one. In general, anyone at postdoctoral stage looking to move between countries in Europe to conduct serious research in any field should look at these schemes. I led a successful application for an integration award last year and am happy to talk to people thinking of applying. Also, I am happy to talk to people about being a host for the intra-european fellowships. In general, I am quite surprised how many people do not apply for these given how flexible and good the funding is. For people who have finished their PhD, have good records, and want a few years to work on their papers before going fully on the job market, they seem perfect.
1. September 2012: Marie Curie Career Integration Grant
Marie Curie Career Integration Grants are intended to improve considerably the prospects for the permanent integration of researchers who are offered a stable research post in Europe after a mobility period in a country different from the country where the researcher has been active during the past years (i.e. the researcher has to be mobile but can come from anywhere in the world – moving within Europe or coming from outside Europe). The duration of these grants is up to 4 years.
2. Intra-European Fellowships for career development (IEF)
This action provides financial support for advanced training and trans-national mobility, for a period of 12 to 24 months (full-time equivalent), for individual projects presented by experienced researchers active in Member States or associated countries in liaison with a host organisation from another Member State or associated country. Overall, projects are expected to add significantly to the career development of the best and most promising researchers active in Europe, in order to enhance and maximise their contribution to the knowledge-based economy and society. http://ec.europa.eu/research/fp7/understanding/marie-curieinbrief/research-development_en.html