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NOVA DOMUS

The "Network Of America and Europa for Doctoral Mobility at Universities" (NOVA DOMUS) project is an academic research exchange project funded by the European Commission through its Erasmus Mundus Key Action 2 program.  NOVA DOMUS aims to facilitate research and education links between participating European and North American universities in the fields of medical sciences, natural sciences and engineering, via the funding of exchanges of doctoral students, postdocs and staff between North America and Europe.

All calls for this project are now complete. No further applications are being considered.

Which universities are participating in NOVA DOMUS? Where can I study or work?

In Europe, the following universities are part of the NOVA DOMUS consortium:

  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Lund University, Sweden
  • University of Bologna, Italy
  • University of Glasgow, UK
  • University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Institute of Photonic Sciences – ICFO, Spain (associate partner)
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain (associate partner)

In North America, the following universities are part of the NOVA DOMUS consortium:

  • Dalhousie University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Montreal
  • Brown University, USA
  • John Hopkins University, USA
  • McGill University (associate partner)
  • University of Georgia, USA (associate partner)

Note that NOVA DOMUS funds transatlantic exchanges only; Europe-Europe or North America-North America exchanges are not possible.

Who can participate in an exchange funded by NOVA DOMUS?

  • Dalhousie PhD students and post-doctoral fellows (who are citizens of Canada or the US) are eligible to apply in this final round for a research or training placement at one of the European partner universities.
  • PhD students from the European partner universities (who are citizens of the EU) are eligible to apply for a research or training placement at Dalhousie.

What fields of study are eligible?

  • Medical Sciences: Public Health; Medical Technology; Biomedicine; other Medical Sciences
  • Natural Sciences: Physics (Photonics); Chemistry; Biochemistry; other Natural Sciences
  • Engineering: Material Sciences; Chemical Engineering; Electrical Engineering; other Engineering and Technology
  • NEW: Political Sciences

Applicants from other disciplines working on interdisciplinary projects in relation to these fields of research may also be eligible to apply.

How much and what kind of funding is available?

NOVA DOMUS scholarships cover:

  • travel expenses (round trip from the home university to the host university)
  • insurance (travel, health, accident)
  • tuition fees (where applicable), and
  • a monthly subsistence allowance for the duration of the placement:
    • PhD students: €1,500 per month
    • Postdocs: €1,800 per month

How long are the exchange placements?

  • For PhD students: 10-11 months (can be a minimum of 6 months)
  • For postdoctoral fellows: 6 months

How do I apply?

From Dalhousie to a European partner institution:

  1. Start by reviewing the How to Apply webpage and its instructions (which contain a link to the Applicants’ Guide).
  2. Check the application website to see if a placement in your research/work area is being offered at one of the partner universities in Europe:
    • Under the column “Available Fields of Study”, choose your research area(s).
    • Under the column “Type of Mobility”, choose your type (PhD student or postdoc)
    • Click the “Info” hotlinks to see which universities in the consortium are offering placements in your research area, at your level.
  3. If you are interested in a particular placement, email the contact person listed to express your interest in the opportunity, describe your background and begin a discussion about your potential application and program of work.
  4. Seek approval from your supervisor or Head of Department, to proceed with an application.  Also contact Jennifer Morawiecki (jennifer.morawiecki@dal.ca) in International Research & Development, for further advice and assistance in preparing your application.
  5. Liaise with your supervisor and the Dalhousie NOVA DOMUS team to obtain a letter of recommendation from Dalhousie, and obtain a letter of invitation from the prospective host, as well as the other required supporting documents for your application.
  6. Go abroad: if selected, PhD students and postdocs must begin placements by 31 December 2016. All placements must be complete by June 2017.

Note: some European universities are offering “open” placements, so if you are working in one of the project’s fields of study but cannot find a specific placement to fit your interests, please contact Jennifer Morawiecki to discuss.

Who can I contact for help or more information?

The NOVA DOMUS project contact for Dalhousie is Dr. Dieter Pelzer, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (dieter.pelzer@dal.ca). 

For all questions pertaining to application processes, please contact Jennifer Morawiecki in International Research & Development (jennifer.morawiecki@dal.ca).