Research scholarship applications

Last update: 21 April 2022

Scholarships are provided once per year. Prospective scholars will be able to benefit from using UIL’s knowledge base and resources for their research in the area of lifelong learning, with a focus on adult and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education.

In order to apply, the following documents must be submitted:

  • A cover letter
  • Your research proposal (2–4 pages)
  • A concise and up-to-date CV

Benefits and requirements

Scholars will be expected to present the research they have undertaken at UIL. Furthermore, in the months following completion of their scholarship, they must report on follow-up activities and the results of their research.

UIL will provide each scholar with a workstation and access to the considerable resources of its unique library. In addition, scholars will have a chance to exchange knowledge with other scholars, UIL staff and its external partners. They will work under the supervision of a UIL specialist, but they should also be prepared to work on their own initiative.

UIL will arrange and pay for health insurance, accommodation close to the Institute, and a return economy ticket to Hamburg, Germany. Additionally, scholars will receive a lump sum contributing to other costs incurred before, during and after their research stay at UIL (such as visa costs, transport, and daily subsistence).

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