UNESP/Birmingham Visiting Fellows

cesar-foschiniProfessor Dr. Cesar R. Foschini from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, UNESP, Bauru, spent four weeks (from 12 September to 12 October 2015) at the School of Chemical Engineering of the University of Birmingham collaborating with Professor Liam Grover.

During this time Prof. Foschini had the opportunity to meet with several faculty members in various departments to cement relations, discuss potential projects for combined research and development efforts between both of institutions. Potential venues for future mutual visits of faculty and post-doctoral scholars was also explored during the fellowship period. During his work here in the group at the University of Birmingham, Prof. Foschini focused on the synthesis of biomaterials such as hydroxyapatite, brushite and pyrophosphates as possible candidates for biomedical application and investigated how these materials may be harnessed to form bioresponsive ceramics.

Call for proposals for 2017/18 now open

Universidade Estadual Paulista 'Júlio de Mesquita Filho' (UNESP), of São Paulo, Brazil and the University of Birmingham (UoB), of Birmingham, United Kingdom are inviting proposals to a joint scheme of travel fellowships for staff at the two universities to encourage the development of collaborations between the two institutions.

Three members of academic staff from UNESP (full or part-time), and three permanent academic members of staff from UoB (full or part-time) will be selected for visits from 2-4 weeks in duration, during which time they will be visiting researchers at the other university. These fellowships are designed to build lasting research links between the two institutions. Applications are welcomed from all academic disciplines, however in order to build the most effective links, preference may be given to fellowship applications that involve staff from the equivalent Schools or Departments at UNESP and UoB visiting the other institution. 

The call for applications is now open and the deadline for applications is 22 October 2017. Fellowships will be determined and awarded by each university according to their own processes and results will be announced on 27 October 2017. Fellowships must take place between November 10 2017 and 31 July 2018.

Financial details

For visiting research fellows from UoB to UNESP:

UNESP will pay the following:

  • A contribution towards accommodation and subsistence (to a maximum of £1000).

 UoB will pay the following:

  • The cost of the return flight to Brazil (to a maximum of £1500);
  • Visa costs where applicable. 

 For visiting research fellows from UNESP to UoB:

UNESP will pay the following:

  • The cost of the return flight to the UK;
  • Travel insurance.

 UoB will pay the following:

  • A contribution towards accommodation and subsistence (to a maximum of £1500).

Further details and particulars of application may be obtained from:

Richard Brunt (For UoB)

Mrs. Patrícia Spadaro (For UNESP)