The International Exchange Scheme is designed to offer flexible funding for SAGES scientists (the applicant) to interact with Geoverbund scientists (the co-applicant).
Details of Geoverbund network experts can be found on the Geoverbund website

Funds for a contribution towards travel, subsistence and research expenses can be requested for a short one-off visit to explore opportunities for building research networks and new collaborations.


Awards are available for up to 3 months.
Activities can start any time after the award date, and no later than 01 October 2020.
SAGES defines the start of the project as being any activity undertaken to progress the project, which includes booking flights or planning a schedule of activities to be undertake in the initial stages; it is not necessarily the date when the exchange visits must have commenced.


The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit.
Applicants may request up to £3500 for one-off travel lasting up to 3 months (including a maximum of £1500 for research expenses).
Travel can be conducted by all project participants which includes the applicant, the co-applicant and also members of their teams.



Opening date: 31 January 2020
Closing date: 1 May 2020
Latest project start date: 01 October 2020


    The primary considerations are listed below. Successful application should be strong in all aspects:

  1. the research background of the applicant and co-applicant;
  2. the mutual benefit of the collaboration;
  3. the strength of the proposal;
  4. the potential contribution to the Scottish science base;
  5. the potential for long-term collaboration


All applications to the International Exchange Scheme are reviewed and assessed by at least two members of the Research & Innovation Committee (RICom) who have the most appropriate scientific expertise using the criteria detailed above.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email six weeks after the closing date.



The SAGES based scientist and/or project leader (the applicant) and the Geoverbund based scientist and/or project leader (the co-applicant) must have completed a PhD or have extensive experience at an equivalent level at the time of application.

The applicant and co-applicant must hold a permanent of fixed term contract for the duration of the award in a SAGES/Geoverbund partner organisation.

The applicant and co-applicant must be based in their respective countries/institutions at the time of application.

The applicant and co-applicant cannot be former colleagues or PhD student/supervisor. The scheme is intended to stimulate new collaborations between scientists in SAGES and Geoverbund.

Applicants are not permitted to submit more than one application per call.

Applications have to be new collaborations. This scheme is not intended to be used to extend an existing or recent project or collaboration.

Collaborations should be based on a single project.

Applications can only support travel between the UK and Germany; costs for travel between a third country are not eligible.

Visit to be taken in either direction, i.e. either the applicant undertakes a visit to the Geoverbund institute of the co-applicant visits the SAGES institute.

Visits to last between 1 week and 3 months.

Up to £3500 available per application.


Departmental support must be obtained by the applicant and co-applicant for the proposed exchange.
A letter of support must be attached to the electronic application from:

  • The applicants Head of Department
  • The co-applicants Head of Department
  • It is recommended that the Departmental support should be completed at least 5 working days before the submission deadline to ensure there is sufficient time for organisational approval.


    Please complete the application form, you will not be able to submit the form unless all fields and all required supporting documents are attached.

    Application to the SAGES International Exchange Scheme

    Applicants should complete each section of the application as fully as possible. Deadline: 01 May 2020
    • Include postcode
    • Include STD code
      What SAGES theme are you a member of?
    • Maximum 200 words
    • Accepted file types: pdf.
      Attach 2 page proposal document Format: pdf, Arial font, 11 point, 2cm margins
    • Maximum 3 months
    • Maximum of £3500
    • TravelSubsistenceResearch expenses 
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    • Accepted file types: pdf.
      Attach a 2 page CV Format: pdf, Arial font, 11 point, 2cm margins
    • Accepted file types: pdf.
      Attach a 2 page CV Format: pdf, Arial font, 11 point, 2cm margins
    • Attach a support letter or email from your Head of Department
    • Attach a support letter or email from your Head of Department