SUPER GCRF PhD Researcher Exchange Scheme

The SUPER DTP has been awarded funding from NERC under its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) CDT/DTP Flexible Funding Award. Since a proven mechanism of increasing DEI awareness is “to share direct experience across cultures”, SUPER-funded doctoral candidates were invited to apply for up to £10,000 for reciprocal exchange visits between a SUPER partner institution and an institution in a developing economy.

This funding will allow SUPER PGRs to develop intercultural understanding and communication skills as well as expand doctoral research in a diverse and inclusive international environment through networking and collaborations.

Successful applicant Alex Houston from Cohort 3 traveled to the Global Centre for Environment and Energy, Ahmedabad University, India (read more). Their exchange partner Shrutika Parihar was received to the School of Geography and Sustainability, University of St Andrews. The exchange took place in late 2022. Shrutika was able to attend and present a poster at the MASTS Annual Science Meeting alongside Alex.

Successful applicant Albert Bonet Bigata from Cohort 4 will travel to Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, and receive Gabriela Tamara Gabarain to the School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen. Caitlin Lamb from Cohort 4 will travel to Área de Macroalgas y Biodiversidad, Instituto del Mar del Perú, Peru, and receive Landa Merma Mora to the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), University of the Highlands and Islands. Both of these exchanges will take place in early 2023.

We look forward to their reports of their time on the exchanges.