Memo for groupleaders

The assessments of applications for the “Yngre Forskare” travel grants (approximately 300 per annum) are made by a group of 7 members from the various disciplines covered by the Society. Statements by group leaders, which are an important part of the post-doctor’s application, vary in quality, and are often somewhat redundant. Obvious comments, such as the fact that a young researcher stands to gain by making new contacts within his research field and with international research, do not need to be reiterated, and do not facilitate the work of grading the applicants. However, the work of assessment is aided by information on role and the research profile within the group, independence and power of initiative of work within the group and the abililty to supervise and develop new techniques. The alertness of the post-doctor, his/her aptitude for research in general, his/her capacity to work independently, to take initiatives, how far his/her work has progressed, ability to collaborate , the originality and inventiveness of the results reached so far, etc. (are insights of value and) should be documented. It may be appropriate to note particular conditions concerning the applicant’s research project, his/her economic circumstances for research, maternity leave etc. For the sake of clarity, the statement should be written in Swedish.

An informative and clear group leader’s statement enhances the chances of the success of the application.
If several post-doctors under the same group-leader apply for a grant to participate at the same conference, then usually only one of them will be granted the stipend. For several applicants of similar qualification, it may be difficult for the assessment group to make a grading. Since the group leader has the best knowledge and insight in this case, the assessment group is grateful for exact information and a clear grading of the applicants. We are aware of the delicate situation in which a group leader may find himself/herself, but the alternative (casting a dice, perhaps) is worse. The group leader can, if he/she so desires, send a grading in a separate missive to the Society´s secretary.
The group leaders’s statement must be signed personally by the group leader concerned. If this signature is missing, the application will not be taken up for consideration.

We at the Society, trust that the information provided by the group leader and submitted by the applicant to complement his application, will help us with this work, which is occasionally somewhat burdensome. However, we always find great satisfaction in being able to provide opportunities for young researchers to establish international contacts.