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EUTOPIA Young Leader Academy 2021

The ambition of the EUTOPIA Young Leaders Academy (YLA) is to support research exchanges between high-potential, early to mid-career researchers from all EUTOPIA partner universities and support their career development. The EUTOPIA Young Leaders Academy offers two distinctive features: the twofold objective of offering leadership training and promoting scientific exchange and collaboration; the promotion of the program at the scale of the EUTOPIA Alliance, rather than in a single university.

Young Leaders Academy is open to early to mid-career researchers, preferably between 2 to 12 years after PhD completion. YLA Fellows will be appointed for a period of 2 years.

In addition to the standard EUTOPIA YLA conditions set out in the joint call of the 6 Partners, the VUB Research Council offers a part-time sabbatical leave to successful candidates so that they can focus on their YLA role. We therefore expect our YLA fellows to commit to highly ambitious aims.

Applicants considering this opportunity should already be formally appointed with VUB and should be typically in their second term of FWO post-doctoral fellowship, first 6 years of ZAP mandate, or similar appointment and seniority.

The VUB Research Council will evaluate the proposals and announcement of the awards will be done in July 2021.

EUTOPIA Young Leaders Academy Fellows will be given the opportunity:

To develop their research leadership skills through a dedicated training programme;
To take part in interdisciplinary scholarly exchange and research networking activities, among Fellows and with the broader EUTOPIA research community;
To initiate research collaborations within the EUTOPIA Alliance;
To contribute to the development of a challenge-based and student-shaped curriculum, through the development of research-led learning units open to undergraduate and graduate students;
To act as EUTOPIA ambassadors, contributing to the Alliance’s activities and fostering the emergence of an integrated research community at the EUTOPIA scale.
Each EUTOPIA University shall select 3 candidates for appointment as Fellow of the EUTOPIA Young Leader Academy, under the present call. For full description of the call, see attachment below.

The VUB contact person is Cristina Macovei cristina.macovei@vub.be

Candidates shall submit a full application, composed of:

- YLA VUB form (see attachment)

- YLA application form (see attachment)

- A detailed academic CV

- Support letters from the Head of Department and Head of Research group of the applicant

Applications must be sent by email before 30 June 2021 to Cristina Macovei cristina.macovei@vub.be .


EUTOPIA YLA additional mandatory VUB form for Research Council

EUTOPIA YLA application form

EUTOPIA YLA Call description