The Fellowships are open to early career researchers from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Croatia.
For the first time this year the fellowships will also be open to applicants from Russia.
Each fellow will receive benefits worth up to $20,000 to travel to Australia in 2012 and work at a Go8 university for up to six months.
“The Go8 European Fellowships recognise the importance of international contacts for early career researchers and aim to help establish Australian links for talented young researchers from emerging European economies,” said Go8 Chair, Professor Paul Greenfield.
“The scheme has been running for five years. The alumni of this important Go8 scheme establish life-long professional and personal connections and continue to collaborate with Australian researchers when they return to their home institutions,” Professor Greenfield concluded.
“This fellowship was a life changing experience for me. I am sure that the knowledge accumulated here will have a great impact not only in my academic career but also in the education of Romanian students at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy where I teach.” Dr Magda Cuciureanu, Go8 European Fellow 2010 (The University of Adelaide)
“All the professional contacts I made at The University of Queensland are invaluable and I have offered to host UQ academics at my home university.” Dr Martina Horakova, Go8 European Fellow, 2008
“The Fellowship gave me a great opportunity to further develop the ongoing co-operation with The University of Sydney, as well as to upgrade my research skills.” Dr Iva Strnadova, Go8 European Fellow, 2008
“I was involved in a great scientific project. I never would have this opportunity in Poland (or even in Europe).” Dr Klaudia Borowiak, Go8 European Fellow 2009 (The University of Melbourne)
“ANU provided me with superb research opportunities. I still have an ongoing project with a PhD candidate at ANU.” Dr Zoltan Petres, Go8 European Fellow, 2008
“The experience actually exceeded my expectations. I did more than I could dream, all thanks to the very open and very friendly approach of Australian researchers.” Dr Katarzyna Zawalinska, Go8 European Fellow, 2009 (Monash University)
Applications close on 21 October 2011.Detailed information for applicants is available at http://www.go8.edu.au/university-staff/programs-_and_-fellowships-1