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TRAJECTS Junior Research Stays 2022 for young researchers



Application Deadline: May 6th, 2022

The Transnational Centre for Just Transitions in Energy, Climate and Sustainability- TRAJECTS opens its Call for Applications for Junior Research Stays 2022.

TRAJECTS is a DAAD-funded project that seeks to create and/or strengthen research and teaching capacities on Just Transitions in Energy, Climate and Sustainability, especially in the Global South. Within this framework, Junior Research Stays (JRS) aim to support short research stays and/or internships (2-4 months) for young researchers from, within and/or to the Global South. Supported individuals are expected to come from one TRAJECTS’ institution (e.g. a university in Colombia such as UNAL) to intern and/or research at another TRAJECTS institution (e.g. an NGO such as AIDA). With this, the Centre intends to encourage extra-academic, interdisciplinary and international exchange.

During TRAJECTS (2021-2025) expect to support 98 short research stays/internships for young researchers or practitioners, divided into 5 cohorts, one cohort per year. Approximately 25 JRS will be supported in 2022.

Eligibility criteria

  • Scholarship funding: Grantees affiliated to a university as postgraduate students, PhD candidates, or researchers. Undergraduate students are not eligible.
  • Allowance funding: Practitioners without direct affiliation to a university. Study degree/qualifications should be appropriate for the position, but no minimum requirement is needed.
  • Either the sending institution of the applicant or the host institution must be members of the TRAJECTS network. In special circumstances, and upon approval of the host institution and the Steering Committee, applicants who are not yet part of a TRAJECTS organization could be considered (to be considered on an individual basis).

Scope of funding

  • Monthly allowance of 860, – EUR/month for stays in the Global North or 400- EUR for stays in the Global South, for min. 75% of a full-time equivalent (FTE) position (here understood as 40h/week for 4 weeks in a month), preferably 3-4 months.
  • Travel costs (real costs; budget for up to 400,- EUR for national travel /up to 1200 EUR for South-North intercontinental flight and up to 1500 EUR for South-South intercontinental flight). The budget for travel costs granted to each funded individual will be determined based on the travel distance.
  • Insurance contributions of up to 89.- EUR will be covered for individuals travelling to Germany for the JRS.
  • In contrast to last year, as pandemic restriction has reduced, international travels in 2022 are possible, and only presential/hybrid JRS are fundable

Application procedure

  • Applications should be submitted via application form with general documents (e.g. enrolment certificate, references, writing samples, etc.).
  • Some specific documents required for the administrative host universities (UNAL or UCT) must be sent in a single PDF of max. 5 MB to the respective National Contact Point (see below).
  • Please note that some of the placements have additional application requirements (e.g. language certificates, etc.) it is the responsibility of each candidate to monitor and fulfill the requirements and deadlines for individual placements.
  • Candidates can apply to more than one placement if profile and requirements are met but should indicate their preference clearly in the motivation letter and application form (list first the preferred placement).
  • Speculative applications are permitted, but applicants should get in touch with the host institution first, and submit together with their application a letter of acceptance from the host institution in order to apply to a JRS.


  • Deadline for applications: May 6, 2022 at 23:59 Ger, 17:59 Col, and 00:59 in ZA.
  • Notification of applicants: for rejections by May 16, 2022, for acceptance starting on May 30, and subject to individual placement deadlines and selection process.
  • Implementation of Junior Research Stays 2022: Jul/Aug – Nov. 2022.
  • Please note that some of the placements have additional recruitment requirements (e.g. interviews or technical tests) with additional deadlines, it is the responsibility of each candidate to monitor and fulfil the requirements and deadlines for individual placements.

In contrast to last year, as pandemic restriction has reduced, international travels in 2022 are possible, and we hope placements will occur physically unless different travel restrictions are in place.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the TRAJECTS Junior Research Stays 2022

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