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Overview of BEN-MAAS Visiting Scholar Scheme



About Visiting Scholars

The core purpose of the Visiting Scholar Scheme is to build capacity in countries with smaller or less-developed Mesopotamian region research programmes. This will be the primary aspect evaluated and candidates should consider whether their proposed visit fits with these criteria. Visits can be either to smaller and developing programmes or from smaller and developing programmes, so the capacity building process can be proposed in either way.

The scheme was inaugurated in 2020 and it is directed at any scientists and academics (more than five years after completing their PhD) whose work contributes to the research objectives of BEN-MAAS, offering the opportunity for them to undertake a short-term visit (from one to four weeks) to another Beyt Nahrin Mesopotamian Academy of Sciences and Arts(BEN-MAAS)member country to provide or receive training and mentoring. Awards will provide an international return flight and some contribution towards living expenses for the visiting period.

Awards are granted to individuals based on competitive criteria, and enable successful candidates to contribute their experience towards strengthening the research capacity of countries with smaller or less well-developed Mesopotamian region research programmes. The ultimate goal of the scheme is to promote capacity building in the host and home countries and to develop long-term links and partnerships, leading to advances in Mesopotamian region research.

Thanks to the kind additional support of India, who each provided funds for an additional Visiting Scholarship, we were able to offer two awards in 2020.
For 2020, in recognition of the current travel restrictions as a result of Covid19, there will be significant flexibility with regard to the timing of completion of the visits, and indeed we welcome applications that are planned to be completed virtually, i.e. without a travel element to the proposal.

How to Apply
Details of the scheme and instructions on how to apply are on the Detailed Information page.

Awardees
Details of past and present Visiting Scholars can be found at Office of Secretariat of the Academy

Visiting Scholar Detailed Information
The 2020 scheme has now closed and will reopen in 2021.

Components of the Award
The Visiting Scholar Scheme provides individual awards of up to USD $2000.
The number of awards given by Beyt Nahrin Mesopotamian Academy of Sciences and ArtsBEN-MAAS will depend on the quality of the applications and the total budget available. The amount of each individual award will take into account local factors.

Eligibility
The scheme is for any scientists and academics (more than five years after completing their PhD) whose research contributes to Beyt Nahrin Mesopotamian Academy of Sciences and ArtsBEN-MAAS's objectives, as embodied in the Science Group Scientific Research Programmes and Planning program Groups The host institute must be in or operated by one of the Ben-MAAS Member countries and must be a country different from that of (i) the candidate's current position and (ii) the candidate's origin (although the latter may be waived at the discretion of the Selection Committee). Visiting Scholarships are awarded purely by competitive selection.
In order to apply, scientists and academics are required to first contact and liaise with the appropriate host, to secure the support of an organization or institute undertaking Mesopotamian region research that would benefit from the visit.
Both the home and host institutes must be willing to take part in the Beyt Nahrin Mesopotamian Academy of Sciences and Arts (BEN-MAAS) Visiting Scholar Scheme.
In recognition of the current travel restrictions as a result of Covid19 there will be significant flexibility with regard to the timing of completion of the visits, and indeed we welcome applications that are planned to be completed virtually, i.e. without a travel element to the proposal.

Elements of the Application
The complete application package consists of:
1. Proposal Document - A one-page description of the proposed visit detailing the intended capacity-building activities.
2. The applicant's CV.
3. On-Line application - to be completed by the applicant.
Note: the applicant must have both the Proposal Document and CV ready to upload before starting the application process, and optionally a portrait image to be used when announcing the successful applicants.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Purpose of the Visiting Scholar Scheme
When preparing their proposal, candidates must focus on the core purpose of the Visiting Scholar Scheme, which is to build capacity in countries with smaller or less-developed Beyt Nahrin Mesopotamian Academy of Sciences and ArtsBEN-MAAS research programmes. This will be the primary aspect of the application to be evaluated and candidates should consider whether their proposed visit fits with these criteria. Visits can be either to smaller and developing programmes or from smaller and developing programmes, so the capacity-building process can be proposed in either way. The candidate’s career stage will be considered as part of the evaluation process.

Evaluation of Visiting Scholar Applications
The review panel will comprise representatives from theBeyt Nahrin Mesopotamian Academy of Sciences and Arts (BEN-MAAS) International Academic Programs Center (IAPC) Committee
The Beyt Nahrin Mesopotamian Academy of Sciences and Arts (BEN-MAAS) Executive Committee and one or more of the Officers of the Sciences or Arts Groupsor their Alternates. The review panel will evaluate all proposals on their potential to build capacity in countries with smaller or less-developed BEN-MAAS research programmes. This evaluation will also take into consideration factors such as:
• the research excellence the visit will provide;
• how the visit 'fits' withBeyt Nahrin Mesopotamian Academy of Sciences and ArtsBEN-MAAS’'s place in science and research, and with its research directions;
• how far links have already been established with the proposed host institute;
• career stage of the candidate.

Completion of Visiting Scholar Scheme
Within one month of the completion of the Visiting Scholarship, the Visiting Scholar must provide a short report that will be published on the BEN-MAAS website. Reports should cover the activities carried out and the accomplishments achieved, as well as future plans.

Documents and Forms
• Your academic record. 
• English or another foreign language certificate.
• Letters of recommendation. 
• Research proposal. 
• Letter of motivation. 
• PhD Degree Certificate.
• Resume.

Visiting Scholar Online Application
Important - Before you begin your Online Visiting Scholar Application, you must have your Proposal Document and CV ready to upload (preferably as PDF files). If you do not have these documents, please find full details of the scheme at secretariat office of the Beyt Nahrin Mesopotamian Academy of Sciences and Arts, should you need more information.
Applications for the 2020 scheme closed on 15 December 2020.

If you have any problems, please contact the secretariat: secretariat@mesopotamianacademy.org

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