Staff exchange / Staff mobility

 

Objectives


The staff mobility and exchange programmes aim to improve the quality and quantity of training and research at African universities by fostering academic exchanges. The programmes promote demand-driven teaching and research and foster mutual knowledge and institutional specialisation in the field of land governance and land management.

The staff exchange programme is meant for:

  • Implementing education and/or training events (e.g. master class, workshop etc.);
  • Supporting activities from the regional nodes to NELGA partner universities/research institutes;
  • Implementing curricula development and/or review;
  • Facilitating the organization of guest lectures;
  • Other similar activities

The staff mobility programme is meant for:

  • Monitoring visits at NELGA universities as part of bi-nationally supervised dissertations;
  • Implementing education and/or training events (e.g. summer schools);
  • Implementing short-term training events for staff working in ministerial institutions;
  • Other similar activities.

 

Eligible applicants


Applicants to the staff exchange programme must:

  • have completed a PhD degree;
  • be senior staff at a NELGA partner university;
  • be invited by a NELGA partner university;
  • be nationals of an African country;
  • be granted leave of absence by their home institution to teach at the host institution.

Applicants to the staff mobility programme must:

  • have completed a PhD degree;
  • be senior staff at a European university;
  • be invited by one of the NELGA network universities;
  • be granted leave of absence by their home institution.

Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme.

 

Eligible fields


Applicants must have a background in land governance/land management or a related field, including land administration and management, land economics, natural resource economics, environmental economics, development eco­nomics, real estate development and management, environmental law, develop­ment studies, urban and regional planning, urban development and manage­ment, geomatics (GIS & Surveying), geography, natural resource management, agriculture economics and other land related fields with strong relevance to land and national development.

 

Grant, terms and conditions


The allowance for the staff exchange programme consists of:

  • A flat-rate travel allowance: EUR 280.- for in-country, EUR 430.- for neighbouring countries, EUR 630.- for in-region, EUR 980.- for out of region;
  • A weekly allowance of EUR 300.- (EUR 1,200. – per month).

All costs related to the travel and stay of the fellow shall be covered by both the travel and daily allowances (i.e. no further reimbursement of visa fees, costs for health checks or vaccinations, baggage costs or luggage insurance, taxable charges etc.). The funds will be transferred to the German Embassy, the institution in the host country or the fellowship holder’s personal bank account.

At the end of the fellowship the fellow must provide a detailed report on the findings of the teaching and give further information on future co-operation and academic activities.

The host institution shall provide the local expenses such as lodging, board, local transportation and medical care during the stay. The home institution shall maintain the payment of the salary and benefits for the duration of the fellowship.

The allowance for the staff mobility programme consists of:

All costs related to the travel and stay of the fellow shall be covered by both the travel and daily allowances (i.e. no further reimbursement of visa fees, costs for health checks or vaccinations, baggage costs or luggage insurance, taxable charges etc.). The funds will be transferred to the fellowship holder’s personal bank account.

At the end of the fellowship the fellow must provide a detailed report on the findings of the exchange and give further information on future co-operation and academic activities.

The home institution shall maintain the payment of the salary and benefits for the duration of the fellowship.

 

Tenure


The staff exchange can take place in any accredited NELGA partner university for a period of one up to four months. The staff exchange allowance is not renewable.

The staff mobility can take place in any accredited NELGA partner university for a period of one up to four months. The staff exchange allowance is not renewable.

 

Application procedure


Applicants are required to:

  1. register online via the DAAD-Portal (if not already registered) https://portal.daad.de/
  2. apply online under the following link: https://portal.daad.de/sap/bc/bsp/sap/z_set_cookie/setcookie.htm?fund_ar=stv&id=57388760

For technical questions regarding the DAAD-Portal, please contact portal@daad.de

Documents to be submitted:

  • DAAD application form, duly filled (available in the DAAD-Portal);
  • Curriculum Vitae (please use the Europass format available at https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu), including list of publications (if applicable);
  • Invitation by the host institution;
  • Concept note (generally 3-5 pages for the staff exchange and 1-2 pages for the staff mobility) indicating the duties and functions including detailed time and work (teaching) plan, as well as information on the target group for the teaching;
  • PhD certificate (certified as true copy of the original certificate);
  • Proof of leave of absence by their home institution for the purpose of teaching at the host institution.

Applications can be handed in at any time, but at least three months before the intended visit at the host institution.

 

Selection criteria


The most important selection criteria are:

  • Added value of the mobility request in regards the mandate of NELGA
  • Academic / Scientific relevance of the request;
  • Quality and level of detail of the concept note