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The University of Oslo supports the reception of researchers affected by the war in Ukraine

The University of Oslo’s Scholars at Risk (SAR) Committee is reallocating some of its SAR funding to provide short-term support for Ukrainian researchers.

The scheme may be extended if additional internal or external funding becomes available. University of Oslo units (not individual Ukrainian researchers) may apply for funds to help their Ukrainian colleagues. The scheme will begin with registering candidates and will be continuously improved through input along the way.

At-risk researchers from Ukraine needs to contact their relevant colleagues or academic units in their subject area at UiO.

At-risk researchers from other countries should apply via Scholars at Risk.

Support for researchers from Ukraine

Initially, we ask that UiO units register relevant candidates using the application form. It is also possible to register candidates and initiatives for which the units have other funding so that these can be coordinated with the supported initiatives.

The registration and application form for hosting Ukrainian researchers is available here: Registration and application form (only accessible for UiO staff).

It may take some time before appropriate national arrangements for the employment and accommodation of individuals subject to collective protection are in place. In the meantime, it may be a good idea to write an invitation letter to your Ukrainian colleague offering guest researcher status with access to a work space, library, etc., and perhaps note that efforts are under way to identify funding for a temporary appointment. Such a letter may help them obtain accommodation in Oslo or a neighbouring municipality.

Description of the temporary special scheme for Ukrainian researchers

Purpose: The purpose of the scheme is to provide Ukrainian researchers with the opportunity to continue their work in Norway while developing networks and identifying opportunities for future careers within or outside of academia.

Who may apply: Units at UiO. There should be one contact person and one academic employee available to mentor the researcher. The head of office must also be included in the application process to ensure a proper assessment of the capacity of the unit and coordination of administrative support.

Who you may apply for: Researchers who are Ukrainian citizens and/or covered by the Norwegian provisions on collective protection. They may have already arrived in Norway or may be considered able to travel to Norway. Currently, men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not permitted to leave Ukraine. The term researcher refers to someone who works in research. You may apply on behalf of university lecturers who teach in higher education and for PhD candidates. There is a requirement for a completed doctoral degree or to be working towards a doctoral degree, but exceptions may be considered for researchers holding a master’s degree as a minimum.

What you may apply for funding for: You may apply to host one or more researchers, for up to NOK 200,000 per researcher. If the researcher is to be employed, you may apply for funding to cover salary and social costs. The full amount available corresponds to approximately 3 months of an FTE, but it may be relevant to consider part-time appointments in combination with the induction programme for refugees. During the period of appointment, the researcher may work on their own ongoing research, participate in projects at UiO or apply for external funding, e.g. the EU’s Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA).

Alternatively, project funding may be applied for on behalf of one or more Ukrainian researchers, but if so, the unit will need to provide a detailed explanation. It is in any case possible to offer guest lecturer status without an employment, but with access to a work space, infrastructure, network and the library.

Quality assurance of applications: Normally, applications for support via Scholars at Risk are thoroughly investigated and assessed by the SAR head office in New York and subsequently prioritised by the UiO SAR Committee. However, under this simplified scheme for Ukraine, the quality assurance of candidates is done through UiO units registering researchers they know and are willing to vouch for only. The application should include a CV, a letter from the candidate in English explaining their motivations and the threats they are facing, and, if possible, a copy/photo of their degree transcripts, although there will be room for flexibility.

Processing of applications: UiO units fill in an application form in Nettskjema (Norwegian language only), registering the researchers they aim to host, other initiatives, and apply for financial support to receive Ukrainian research colleagues. The scheme will operate with rolling deadlines and the SAR Committee will initially consider applications on a weekly basis. Funding can be disbursed when the researcher have arrived.

Implementation: The special scheme for displaced Ukrainian researchers is a subsidy scheme, and the University of Oslo is not able to offer the same extensive support for hosting individual Ukrainian researchers as for regular SAR arrangements. The researcher will be affiliated with and appointed by the unit. FIADM and ISMO will be able to offer some advice, but not extensive assistance.

Collective protection

It is expected that the following will be arranged via the national collective protection scheme for Ukrainian refugees (Norwegian Directorate of Immigration, Directorate of Integration and Diversity and the municipality):

  • Residence and work permit under collective protection
  • Accommodation
  • Introduction programme, including Norwegian language courses and qualification support, triggering financial support for the refugee. The introduction programme may take 3-6 months for persons with higher education, but may probably be combined with part-time work.
  • Right to school and daycare facility places for children

Support for researchers from Russia, Belarus and other countries outside of Ukraine

Researchers who are affected by the war, but who are not covered under Norway’s temporary collective protection scheme for people displaced from Ukraine, may be considered under the ordinary SAR system and the Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF). This will apply to Russians, Belarusians and potentially some individuals residing in Ukraine who are not Ukrainian citizens. Such researchers need to apply for assistance through https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/get-help/ or https://www.scholarrescuefund.org/for-scholars/. In addition, colleagues at UiO may inform the local SAR contact, sar-uio@admin.uio.no, about their connections to the University of Oslo.

Contact

sar-uio@admin.uio.no

Published Mar. 16, 2022 1:18 PM - Last modified Mar. 25, 2022 9:26 AM