Research Fellowship Short Term Visits is a 4-weeks research visits to the University of Deusto, Spain. The Program will gives the selected candidates the opportunity to prepare an article for an international peer-reviewed journal – Tuning Journal for Higher Education.

The International Tuning Academy has been established with the aim of

(1) making the results of all Tuning and Tuning-related projects accessible to the academic community and
(2) stipulating research on Tuning-related topics.

The present call is launched by the Deusto headquarters of the Tuning Academy: Deusto International Tuning Academy (DITA), University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain.

In the framework of the different TUNING projects a methodology has been developed for (re-)designing, developing, and implementing first-, second- and third-cycle university degree programmes, as well as for evaluating and enhancing the quality of programmes of higher education. The TUNING methodology helps all the stakeholders understand higher education curricula and make these comparable.

Host Country:
  • Spain
Host Organisation:
  • Tuning Aacdemy
Program Location:
  • Deusto, Spain
Program Duration:
  • 4 Weeks
Program Dates:
  • Between October 2018 and June 2019
Program Areas:

The five focus lines of the Tuning educational projects have been as follows:

  • Generic competences
  • Subject-specific competences
  • The role of credits as an accumulation system and means of measuring students’ workload
  • Approaches to learning, teaching, and assessment appropriate for competence-based learning; and
  • The role of quality enhancement in the educational process (emphasizing systems based on internal institutional quality culture).

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Financial Support:

The Short Term Visits Scholarships consist of:

  • A standard health insurance for the 4 weeks
  • Full or partial reimbursement of the travel costs for a return ticket (up to 500 euros), and
  • Accommodation and maintenance support (Option 1 or Option 2).
  • No additional money for travel or congress participation will be made available to visiting researchers.
  • The health insurance is issued and paid for by the University of Deusto.
  • The return ticket is purchased by the visiting researcher and is then reimbursed (if the total cost does not exceed 500 euros) or partly reimbursed (up to the sum of 500 euros) by DITA. Any changes the researcher needs to make after the ticket has been purchased are to be covered by the researcher.
  • The accommodation and maintenance support accommodation is transferred to the grantee upon his/her arrival to Bilbao and the grantee is then responsible for paying the accommodation fee to the accommodation provider directly.

Option 1: Accommodation at the Halls of Residence of the University of Deusto (individual room, full board)

Option 2: Accommodation is booked directly by the researcher, who is also responsible for his/her own maintenance. A one-off transfer of 1000 euros is made to the researcher’s account upon his/her arrival in Bilbao.

Eligibility Criteria:

The Short Term Visits Scholarships can be granted to:

  • Young researcher enrolled in doctoral programmes elsewhere and focusing on a topic related to DITA’s current priority research lines
  • Scholars holding a PhD and currently actively engaged in post-doctoral research on a topic related to DITA’s current priority research lines
  • university staff not usually involved in research activities but interested in conducting research on one of the four topics.

.There are no limitations as to country of residence, nationality, age or gender.

The only formal limitation is a high level of English: selected candidates need to be capable of producing a high-quality academic article in English and of making their end-of-stay public presentation in English. (If you are pre-selected for the scholarship and English is not your native language, a short online interview will be conducted to make sure you can discuss your research topic in English).

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Required Documents:

In order to be considered for a Short Term Visits Scholarship you need to

  • Complete the Online Application Form in English and
  • Email your CV (in English) to

The Online Application Form does not allow partial completion (saving part of information and returning to the Form later to continue its completion). Therefore, you need to have the following texts ready before you start completing the Form:

  • A very short summary of your Research Proposal (max. 7 lines or 560 characters with spaces)
  • A more detailed Research and Study Visit Plan (max. 3 pages with 1.5 spacing or 8,641 characters with spaces). For elements to be covered, read the respective Online Application Form instructions carefully (“Research and Study Visit Plan” section).
Selection Criteria:

An international selection panel will evaluate the applications taking into consideration the following criteria:

  • Quality of the research project proposed and its appropriateness in terms of DITA’s research priorities;
  • Research record of the candidate;
  • Potential for long-term collaboration.

No certificate of English proficiency is required from candidates, but the level of English will be taken into consideration because successful candidates must be able to produce academic publications in English.

Application Deadline:
  • 30th April, 2018