The following are answers to questions we have received regarding the CONTEXT programme. We aim to update this page regularly, so that answers to questions are made publicly available.
Q: My masters degree was awarded over 4 years ago, do I still qualify?
Answer: The four year rule depends on the nature of work since obtaining your Masters degree. If you have had more than four years full-time equivalent years of research experience, then you are ineligible. If you have had less than four years of research experience, then you still meet the definition of an "Early Stage Researcher", and can apply for a fellowship.
Q: I DON'T HAVE MASTERS DEGREE, CAN I STILL APPLY?
Q: WHAT KIND OF TRAINING WILL I RECEIVE AS A FELLOW ON THE CONTEXT PROGRAMME?
Answer: All candidates must be within the first four years of their research careers. This is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree that would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate in the university where they are planning to register. In other words, the requirement for a Masters degree depends on which University the Fellow would register in. Both UU and TCD have a preference for candidates to hold a Masters in a relevant discipline. However, they do, in exceptional cases, grant exceptions for individuals who demonstrate that they have Masters-level experience through other professional and academic routes. For the University of Southern Denmark, applicants are required to hold a Masters degree and this is non-negotiable.
Answer: A comprehensive overview of the type of training fellows can expect is available on our Training Programme page.
Q: I HAVE A D.Clin or a D.Couns Degree, AM I STILL ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
Q: I have a medical doctorate, am I still eligible to apply?
Answer: It depends. DClin and DCouns programmes vary across different contexts. While some doctoral degrees involve little or no research, others include research as a substantial component. You can therefore apply for a fellowship so long as you have less than four years of FTE research experience at the time of recruitment.
Answer: Yes - An MD is considered an undergraduate degree for the purposes of ESR eligibility. MDs are therefore welcome to apply, so long as they have less than four years of research experience after their MD.
Answer: The residency requirement applies only to the country where you register for your PhD. For example, the PhD fellowship for Project 1 will register with Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and go on research placement in Denmark. As such, applicants for this project must not have been a resident in the Republic of Ireland for more than 12 of the previous 36 months from the time of the commencement of the project (January 1, 2017). Fellows could have resided in Denmark for more than 12 of the previous 36 months.
Q: i have lived in the country where the research placement takes place for more than 12 months of the last 36, does this violate the residency rule?
Q: While on placement, are Fellows s required to be in 5 days a week?
Answer: In short, yes, but this will depend on the nature of the research. The fellow should treat their placement as a full-time job and expect to be fully integrated within their host institution.
Q: HOW DO I KNOW which university I'll be registered in?
Answer: The University where you will register for your PhD can be found under the Secondment section of each research project's description. Remember that you cannot register in a university in the same country where you have resided for more than 12 of the previous 36 months.
Answer: The online application form represents only the first of three screening procedures. All submitted applications will first be reviewed by the CONTEXT Recruitment Committee who will forward them to the relevant Supervisory Committee. The Supervisory Committee for a particular project may then invite you for an interview, to be conducted over Skype or through the telephone. If you are successful at interview stage, you will then be formally offered a Fellowship for a specific project. At this stage, you will be required to apply through your University's application system, who will in turn, verify that you meet the University's requirements to register for a PhD. Note that we cannot guarantee your first choice of project.