Opportunities for academics

Circle U. Seed Funding Scheme:
The 2022 call is open now!

We invite academics and researchers from the nine member universities of Circle U. to apply for funding for collaborative projects to shape the future of our alliance.

Apply before 30 November 2022 

Connect with colleagues in the academic directory

How it works:

  • The directory relies on public data from ORCID database (orcid.org).
  • If you already have an ORCID profile, just ensure it is updated and add a special tag "CircleU." in the "Keywords" field, not forgetting the dot character. Should you not have an ORCID profile, this is a great opportunity to create one.  It will make your work more visible and allow other people to easily reach you. Read more about the directory.

Circle U. Academic Directory

Mobility for academics

Academic staff may go to Circle U. universities to teach or for training. It is also possible to combine teaching and training activites when going abroad. 

A stay abroad can strengthen your competencies, give you a stronger international network and contribute to developing and strengthening the international learning environment as well as the cooperation between Circle U. partner universities. At the same time, as a teacher and employee, you can help inspire students to study or do internships abroad. 

For teaching, the main purpose of the stay must be to teach. 

For training, these are examples of stays that might be eligible for support: 

  • Participation in staff training weeks, partner days, international weeks
  • Job shadowing: staff spending a few days with colleagues at a higher education institution to learn from them and share best practices
  • Seminars and workshops at higher education institutions
  • Lab training
  • Methods and summer courses
  • Study visits for observation

Please note that participation in conferences is not supported. 


You may apply for funding for shorter training or teaching stays at European institutions. The Erasmus+ grant might cover some of your expenses. Please contact your home university for funding opportunities. 

Planning of your mobility stay abroad

Duration of the mobility: 

  • For mobilities between EU countries: from 2 days to 2 months + 2 days for travelling 
  • For mobilities to the UK (King's college): the minimum number of days depend on the funding scheme for the mobility and differs between the universities in the alliance. For more information, please contact your home university. 

A general tip is to contact your home university's contact person early to find out if your stay is eligible for support, and to get information on requirements, application procedure, deadlines etc. 



Coming up in 2022-2023

Join an Early-Career Researchers Forum

Workshops will take place once a year starting from 2022

Participate in online doctoral training sessions

Sessions will start in the end of 2022

Archive of previous opportunities