International Realisation Budget (IRB)

Building up an international network and collecting international experience early during your doctorate is a crucial factor for your academic career and important for your further career steps beyond academia.

Research School supports your early independence by funding your internationalization activities. We award two prizes twice a year – the International Realization Budget (IRB). As a personal grant, the IRB aims to enable doctoral researchers to individually plan a long-term internationalization concept and to implement it throughout their whole doctorate.

Aim

Aim

The idea of the IRB is to provide you with flexibility in case you plan international activities but are still uncertain about the specific timeframe or composition of these activities at the time of application!   

The IRB is a grant of 7.500 € that can be used for various kinds of international outgoing activities during the time of your doctorate:

•    research stays at international research institutions
•    field research
•    participation in international conferences, workshops or summer schools

To increase flexibility and support early independence of doctoral researchers, grantees can use the IRB according their individual needs. We award the IRB with a leap of faith that the scholarship holder will handle it sensibly and responsibly. This enables doctoral researchers to choose suitable activities (also on short notice) that benefit their research and career. For example, if you are spontaneously invited to visit a collaboration partner, you can immediately accept the invitation and just have to submit your bills and financial documents to RUB Research School after finishing the activity.

Funding

Funding

The IRB is a grant of 7.500 € that can be used for various kinds of international outgoing activities during the time of your doctorate:

  • research stays at international research institutions
  • field research
  • participation in international conferences, workshops or summer schools

The IRB can be used exclusively for international activities. The budget covers costs for

  • travel
  • accommodation
  • visa costs
  • fees for conferences, summer schools, or workshops

Note that the IRB does not cover material costs, daily allowances (“Tagegelder”), or staff costs.

In case you feel uncertain if your IRB can be used for a certain activity you can always contact us at RUB Research School.

Does the IRB exclude me from applying for other funding of Research School?

No. However, you should spend your IRB first before you apply for a further funding of Research School. A remaining amount of the IRB would be settled against the funding requested in your application.

 

 

 

Eligibility

Eligibility

Who can apply for an IRB?

  •  Master students can apply within their final semester. If you have not been accepted as a doctoral researcher by your faculty yet, you have to submit a letter of your future supervisor confirming the supervision and the estimated start of the doctorate.
  • Doctoral researchers during their first year of the doctorate. The time between the acceptance as a doctoral researcher (letter of acceptance by the faculty) and the decision on your IRB grant should not exceed 12 months.

Please note that the first activity can be carried out only once you have already started your doctorate!


Apply

Apply

Interested students and doctoral researchers are most welcome to attend a personal consultation on the IRB and its application procedure at RUB Research School. Please contact Dr. Sarah Gemicioglu for an appointment.

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, the online form is currently not available. Please refer to this document for the information and accompanying letters requested in the application.


An application needs to include

  • Completely filled application form including personal data, information on the doctoral project, its internationalization concept and its benefit for the applicant,

  • Two letters of reference

  • Proof of the qualifications given (e.g. final grade of  master studies, prizes, stipends, additional skills and qualifications, panel memberships, publications, teaching experiences, etc.)

  • Document of acceptance as doctoral researcher or confirmation of future supervisor  

Outline your individual internationalization concept and benefits for your doctorate. This does not need to include a fully detailed list of activities and timetable. You can already apply for funding even if you do not have a fully detailed plan (budget, time frame) of all your international activities during your doctorate yet.  

Consider the review criteria while writing your application!

Review Criteria

Review Criteria

Submitted applications have to be formally complete and comprehensible for non- experts.

Review criteria concerning the applicant:

  • Final grade of the master studies (if available) or Transcript of Records

  • Prizes, stipends

  • Additional skills and qualifications, panel memberships

  • Publication list (if applicable)

  • Teaching experience (if applicable)


Review criteria concerning the internationalization concept:

  • Impact of your internationalization concept on your doctorate

  • Scientific quality and general significance of the internationalization concept

  • Impact of your international concept on your international network & visibility

  • Sustainable impact of the international concept on RUB’s international network & visibility

Review Process

Review Process

Your application will be reviewed by two members of Research School’s Early Career Researchers Board (ECR Board). Based on these reviews, our Executive Board will decide which applicants will be invited to present their internationalization concepts at a colloquium. This will take place with members of the ECR Board and the Executive Board.

Reimbursement

Reimbursement

The IRB is not granted as a lump sum, but the actual costs incurred for international activities are reimbursed within the framework of the “Reisekostengesetz NRW”.

Important Notice

According to "Landesreisekostengesetz NRW": Six month after doing your international project, all claims to reimbursement are void and earlier payments (advanced payment) will have to be paid back, if you do not make a declaration of your costs. Please make your final reimbursement shortly after finishing your project.

Calls and Deadlines

Calls and Deadlines

Spring Call 2020
Deadline application: March 4
Invitation colloquium: April
Colloquium: May


Fall Call 2020
Deadline application:  September 9
Invitation colloquium: October
Colloquium: November

IRBs

IRBs

Take a look at previous Research School PLUS IRBs.