The EUniWell Research Thesis Prizes

09/12/2022 | by Irene Ghaleb | Participation Well-Being

EUniWell seeks to support Ph.D. Students, invest in their training and spread new skills and competencies in the field of science communication and science transfer to society for Ph. Ds from EUniWell partner institutions all over Europe. Two Ph.D. students per EUniWell Partner university will be selected (16 winners in total).

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The topics of the research thesis must relate to the following EUniWell thematic arenas:

EUniWell, the European University for Well-Being, aims to provide a further boost to cutting-edge research related to well-being that is anticipated to have an impact on society. Through the EUniWell Research Thesis Prizes, EUniWell seeks to support Ph.D. Students, invest in their training and spread new skills and competencies in the field of science communication and science transfer to society for PhDs from EUniWell partner institutions all over Europe. Two Ph.D. students per EUniWell Partner university will be selected (16 winners in total). The topics of the research thesis must relate to the thematic arenas:  Individual and social well-being; Environment, urbanity, and sustainable development.

Beneficiaries

Registered Ph.D. students or doctoral candidates who will be enrolled at least until June 2023 can apply to receive the EUniWell Research Thesis Prize. Students must be enrolled in one of the following universities: University of Cologne (Germany), University of Birmingham (UK), University of Florence (Italy), Leiden University (The Netherlands), Linnaeus University (Sweden), University of Murcia (Spain), Nantes Université (France), Semmelweis University (Hungary). Each university of the EUniWell consortium will award two prizes: 

  1. One prize for the best thesis research on the EUniWell arena topic of individual and social well-being
  2. One prize for the best thesis research on the EUniWell arena of environment, urbanity, and sustainable development

Award

  • Money prize of 500€ (one-time payment)
  • Invitation to a professional seminar on “Science Communication” at Nantes Université, including:
    • Travel to and accommodation in Nantes. Students from Nantes Universitè will have the possibility to visit one of the EUniwell’s universities.
    • Meeting with the other thesis prize winners of the 8 EUniWell partner universities
    • Opportunity to record a professional video on your research.
  • Publication of a summary of the results of the research on the EUniWell website and YouTube channel.

Submission of the projects and evaluation criteria 

Interested candidates must send an email to their respective universities (details are below) and explicitly indicate in the subject line of the email which award the request is being made for (i.e. “EUniWell research thesis prizes on individual and social well-being” OR “EUniWell research thesis prizes on environment, urbanity and sustainable development”). The email must contain:

  1. CV (2 pages maximum) in English
  2. Certification of your doctoral status (incl. a letter by the Thesis Advisor)
  3. Fill in the application form in all its parts. The form contains the space for the written paper. This part mustcover the summary and the goals of the thesis research (maximum 7,000 characters including empty spaces) 
  4. PowerPoint presentation of your research (maximum of 5 slides) in English

Both the paper and the PowerPoint should contain the description of the research, the respective timeline, and the result the candidate wants to achieve. It should be well stressed what the innovative potential and the added value of this research will be. 

Find the application template here.


Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered.

  • University of Birmingham
    Opening Date: 12 September
    Closing Date: 13 November
    Submission and contact email: euniwell[at]contacts.bham.ac.uk
  • University of Cologne
    Opening Date: 10 October
    Closing Date: 21 November
    Submission and contact email: dorothee.groeger[at]uni-koeln.de
  • University of Florence
    Opening Date: 12 September
    Closing Date: 31 October
    Submission and contact email: euniwell[at]unifi.it
  • University of Murcia
    Opening Date: 12 September,
    Closing Date: 31 October
    Submission and contact email: euniwellari[at]um.es 
  • Nantes Université
    Opening Date: 20 September
    Closing Date: 4 November,
    Submission and contact email: euniwell[at]univ-nantes.fr
  • Leiden University,
    Opening Date: 25 September
    Closing Date: 20 November
    Submission and contact email: euniwell[at]bb.leidenuniv.nl
  • Linnaeus University *
    Opening Date: 1 September
    Closing Date: 12 October
    Submission and contact email: intrel[at]lnu.se 
  • Semmelweis University
    Opening Date: 12 September
    Closing Date: 12 November
    Submission and contact email: dr.adamorosz[at]gmail.com

Please note that the application and evaluation criteria for Linnaeus University is different, please see the call for Linnaeus University and more information at:
https://lnu.se/en/medarbetare/forum/linnaeus-university/phd-students-pitch-your-research-idea-and-win-an-opportunity-to-present-it-internationally/


Candidates will be evaluated on: the excellent academic quality of their paper; scientific background and consistency of the research; and potential intellectual property.  Points will be awarded for the novelty, originality, and uniqueness of the research, and for impact and relevance to one of the two EUniWell Arenas: individual and social well-being, or environment urbanity and well-being. 

The evaluators will be disciplinary experts and professors from the respective partner university. The detailed evaluation criteria will be as follows: 

COMPREHENSION:

  • Did the presentation (paper and ppt) help the evaluators understand the research?
  • Did the presentation clearly outline the nature and aims of the research?
  • Did the candidate explain clearly what is significant, innovative, and unique about this research?
  • Is the presentation of the research well structured, based on a sound understanding of the methods involved and theoretical background?

ENGAGEMENT:

  • Was the paper carefully and well written?
  • Did the paper convey enthusiasm for their work?
  • Did the paper capture and maintain the audience’s attention?

COMMUNICATION:

  • Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to the academic audience and genre?
  • Did the candidate avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology that needed to be used, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the candidate spend the right amount of time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long or were rushed?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance, rather than detract from, their presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?

Further information 

EUniWell thematic arenas:   Individual and social well-being, Environment, urbanity and sustainable development

 


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