LabExchange | Research abroad grant programme for graduate students (Master) and undergraduate students in higher semesters (Bachelor)

The objectives of LabExchange include promoting student mobility and research-oriented learning as well as enabling students to acquire intercultural competencies. LabExchange funds to

 

Grants for RUB graduate students and undergraduate students in higher semesters (Outgoings)

By conducing short-term research projects abroad, students have the opportunity to enhance their studies through research activities in an international context in a discipline-specific manner. Research stays abroad are considered particularly worthy of being funded if students collaborate in joint research projects of the partner institution and RUB, thus deepening their discipline-related and intercultural competencies. The research activities should preferably be awarded credit points require the use of technical terminology in a foreign language. Moreover, the research project abroad should strengthen the collaboration with the partner university in particular and the faculty’s international profile in general. LabExchange awards grants to help students conduct short-term research at a partner university abroad, e.g. lab, and research internships, research in archives, libraries and university collections, collaboration in research projects etc.

Funding type and amount

Students receive compensation for travel expenses and accommodation allowance. Country-specific compensation for travel expenses is granted for amounts ranging between 125 € and max. 3.475 € , as well as accommodation allowance for amounts between 300 € and max. 500 € per month, depending on destination and duration of the research stay. The maximum funding rate is determined by country-specific fixed rates for PROMOS travel expenses and scholarships (Teilstipendium Mobilität und Teilstipendium Aufenthalt). In case of students who receive financial support through other public funds for the same research project abroad, their eligibility for a LabExchange grant has to be verified. Double funding of travel and accommodation expenses, for example by Erasmus or PROMOS is excluded. Co-funding by the faculty or partner university is appreciated.

Application requirements
  • The student is pursing the Master’s degree or is in the final stages of her/his Bachelor’s degree at RUB.
  • The research project is carried out at a partner university, i.e. there are established ties between RUB and the target institution. (Proof of contact)
  • The research project runs for min. two weeks and max. four months.
  • The project abroad is research-oriented, i.e. active participation in a research project or conducting individual research activities have priority, rather than attending lectures or seminars. The students may attend lectures that don’t exceed 4 hours per week, and they must acquire more Credit Points through the research activities than through lecture attendance.

Doctoral researcher are not eligible for our funding lines. However, PhD students have the opportunity to fund research stays abroad via RUB Research School.

Application documents
  • Application form, to be filled out by the supervising RUB faculty member;
  • Description of the research project by the student (max. two pages);
  • Confirmation of supervision by a faculty member at the partner institution (proof through invitation letter, email correspondence etc.);
  • Transcript of Records.
Application periods
  • 15th January for projects that start between 1st March and 30th June of the same year
  • 15th May for projects that start between 1st July and 31st October of the same year
  • 15th September for projects that start between 1st November of the same year and 28th/29th February of the following year

Please submit your application documents in a pdf document to LabExchange Manager, Dr Sonja Yeh.

Selection criteria
  • Application documents must be complete and application requirements must be met;
  • Quality and feasibility of the research project;
  • Added value resulting from the research project abroad for the collaboration with the partner university (application of the research results in joint research projects, integration in existing research projects, initiation of new research collaborations and/or projects, initiation of teaching collaborations, increase of student exchanges);
  • Added value resulting from the research project for Outgoings (expected individual and subject-specific competence increase, future and career perspectives, establishment of an international network).
After research project completion
  • Reply to LabExchange questionnaire/evaluation sheet
  • Submission of a confirmation of the research project abroad by the partner institution’s supervising faculty member;
  • Participation in an exchange meeting with other LabExchange returnees and students who will be going to a partner university with LabExchange.

 

Grants for graduate students (Master) and undergraduate students in higher semesters (Bachelor) from RUB partner universities (Incomings)

International students have the opportunity to come to RUB for a limited duration and collaborate in joint research projects carried out by the partner university and RUB. Supervision by a RUB faculty member must be guaranteed. Research stays abroad are considered particularly worthy of being funded if RUB graduate students are, in turn, conducting research at the partner university, thus ensuring a balanced exchange. LabExchange awards grants to enable students from an international partner university to conduct short-term research at RUB, e.g. lab, and research internships, research in archives, libraries and university collections, collaboration in research projects etc.

Funding type and amount

International students from partner universities receive compensation for travel expenses and accommodation allowance. Compensation for travel expenses amount to 125 € and max. 3,475 €, depending on the country of origin. Accommodation costs are subsidised up to 300 € per month. The maximum funding rate is determined by country-specific fixed rates for PROMOS travel expenses and scholarships. In case of students who receive financial support through other public funds for the same research project abroad, their eligibility for a LabExchange grant has to be verified. Double funding of travel and accommodation expenses, for example by Erasmus or PROMOS is excluded. Co-funding by the faculty or partner university is appreciated.

Application requirements
  • The student is pursing the Master’s degree or is in the final stages of the Bachelor’s degree
  • The research project is carried out at a RUB faculty, and there are established ties between RUB and the target institution. RUB students also conduct or have conducted research at the dispatching partner institution.
  • The research project runs for min. two weeks and max. four months.
  • The project abroad is research-oriented, i.e. active participation in a research project has priority, rather than attending lectures or seminars.
Application documents
  • Application form;
  • Description of the research project (max. two pages) in German or English;
  • Proof of contact with RUB (e.g. written partnership agreement, confirmation of supervision by a faculty member at RUB etc.); specifying a supervising faculty member at the partner institution as contact.
Application periods
  • 15th January for projects that start between 1st March and 30th June of the same year
  • 15th May for projects that start between 1st July and 31st October of the same year
  • 15th September for projects that start between 1st November of the same year and 28th/29th February of the following year
Selection criteria
  • Application documents must be complete and application requirements must be met;
  • Quality and feasibility of the research project;
  • Added value resulting from the research project abroad for the collaboration with the partner university (application of the research results in joint research projects, integration in existing research projects, initiation of new research collaborations and/or projects, initiation of teaching collaborations, increase of student exchanges).

The application documents must be submitted by a RUB faculty member. Please submit your application documents in a pdf document to LabExchange Manager,
Dr Sonja Yeh.

After research project completion

 

Initiative grants for teaching staff and researchers

University teaching staff and researchers may submit grant applications to LabExchange, for travels with the purpose of initiating or fostering relationship with a partner university or faculty. Funding is granted if the aim of the initiation and fostering visit is planning and implementing opportunities for students to conduct research projects abroad, research and lab internships, research in archives, libraries and university collections, collaboration in research projects etc. Funding requirements include participation and involvement of students in research contexts. Funding objectives include initiating, consolidating and formalising partnerships that result in strengthening the faculty’s and RUB’s international profile.

Doctoral researcher can receive funding for international activities primarily via RUB Research School.

Funding type and amount

Compensations are granted for travel expenses and accommodation costs for up to four nights. Compensation for travel expenses amount to 125 € and max. 3,475 €, depending on the destination. Accommodation costs are covered max. within the limits stipulated by the German travel expenses act and the travel expense regulation, BRKG. In case of teaching staff and researchers who receive financial support through other public funds for the same trip, their eligibility for a LabExchange grant has to be verified. Double funding of travel and accommodation expenses is excluded. Co-funding by the faculty or partner university is appreciated.

Application documents
Application periods
  • 15th January for projects that start between 1st March and 30th June of the same year
  • 15th May for projects that start between 1st July and 31st October of the same year
  • 15th September for projects that start between 1st November of the same year and 28th/29th February of the following year

Applications are to be submitted via the faculty’s Dean’s Office. Please submit your application documents in a pdf document to LabExchange Manager, Dr Sonja Yeh.

Selection criteria
  • Application documents must be complete and application requirements must be met;
  • Relevance and feasibility of the initiation visit for the purpose of realising research projects abroad for students;
  • Added value resulting from the initiation visit for strengthening the collaboration with the partner university (initiation of joint research projects in which students are involved, initiation of teaching collaborations, increase of student exchanges, formalising the collaboration).
After research project completion