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Research Excellence Initiative

Young talents

Development of students and doctoral students

To meet the needs of students and doctoral students, we have planned activities intended to develop their scientific careers and to support talents.

There will be special programmes prepared to enable building and improving the research competencies of young people at the beginning of their research path.

Part of the initiatives will be addressed to student research groups.

One of the actions is the purchase of license for Grammarly software. The application will help doctoral students and students of the University of Silesia improve their linguistic skills, support the ongoing communication and write various texts in English.

Additional pro-quality scholarship for scientific and artistic achievements

The call for proposals to increase the doctoral scholarship for the academic year 2020/2021 has concluded at the Doctoral School and the International Environmental Doctoral School associated with the Centre for Polar Studies at the University of Silesia. The call for proposals was addressed to the 2nd- and 3rd-year doctoral students. Its goal was to motivate and support the development and career of young talents.

The Committee took into account scientific achievements depending on a represented field, including: publications, participation in and directing research projects, doctorate degree executed in cooperation with a foreign unit, awards and distinctions achieved in calls for proposals and artistic reviews.

The pro-quality scholarship for the doctoral students of the University of Silesia doctoral schools is granted within the framework of the Research Excellence Initiative.


Tools

Grammarly app

500 free licensesGrammarly proofreading appfor students, doctoral studentsand employees of the University of Silesia

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Past recruitments

646 academics and doctoral students from the University of Silesia in Katowice applied to receive free-of-charge access to Grammarly app for professional proofreading in English. The limit of places had been exhausted before the end of one week from the date when the registration form was published. Due to great interest and out of concern for the comfort of work of academics and doctoral students, the decision was taken to provide all individuals who sent a correctly completed registration form with free-of-charge accounts.

Please also be informed that the 2nd stage of registering applications for access to accounts in Grammarly app begins on 14 December 2020. We encourage academics and researchers, as well as doctoral students of the University of Silesia, to submit applications.

It is required to state the University e-mail address (in us.edu.pl domain) during registration. Grammarly app has been provided within the framework of Research Excellence Initiative.

RECRUITMENT

from 17 November 2020 to 7 December 2020 [end of recruitment]

BENEFICIARIES

research employees | research and teaching employees | teaching employees
doctoral students

The University of Silesia in Katowice intends to support the academic community in many areas. Taking into consideration the comfort of work for academics and doctoral students, a practical tool for proofreading texts in English has been purchased within the framework of Research Excellence Initiative.

Due to large interest in the programme, the 2nd edition of sharing Grammarly accounts has been launched.

The programme beneficiaries include: researchers, academics, and doctoral students of the University of Silesia in Katowice. 800 Grammarly accounts will be made available to 600 employees and 200 doctoral students – the applications will be handled on a first come, first served basis. The recruitment will last until 31 December 2020. The applications will be handled on a first come, first served basis.

The purchased license will allow the users to use the app for improving language skills, effectively supporting them in ongoing communication and writing texts in English. Grammarly is an online tool that corrects spelling, suggests corrections and gives clues in real time, indicating spelling, stylistic, grammar and punctuation errors. It has the functionality for detecting the type of the text, as well as the tone and goal of the message. The additional options of the app include the plagiarism checker function.

It is required to state the University e-mail address (in us.edu.pl. domain) during registration. The rules for sharing and using Grammarly accounts are specified in the attached Rules and Regulations.

RECRUITMENT

from 14 December 2020 to 31 December 2020 [end of recruitment]

BENEFICIARIES

research employees | research and teaching employees | teaching employees

doctoral students

The third edition of sharing Grammarly proofreading app premium accounts has ended. The use of the app will allow the employees and doctoral students of the University of Silesia in Katowice to improve their language skills.

Grammarly improves each written text in English on an ongoing basis, making sure that its spelling, style, grammar, and even punctuation are correct. Thus, the tool will effectively support its users in ongoing communication, and in writing scientific texts in English.

This edition of the Grammarly competition was addressed to research employees, research and teaching employees, teachers, research and technical employees (overall 400 accounts), as well as administrative staff (100 accounts) and doctoral students of the University of Silesia (100 accounts). The applications was handled on a first come, first served basis.

The rules for sharing and using Grammarly accounts are specified in the attached Rules and Regulations. The purchase of license for Grammarly is funded under Research Excellence Initiative.

RECRUITMENT

from 12 January 2021 to 31 January 2021 [end of recruitment]

BENEFICIARIES

research employees | research and teaching employees |
teaching employees | research and technical employees | administrative staff
doctoral students

Support for doctoral students

A call for proposals for doctoral students has been organised in the Doctoral School at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Its goal is to provide funding for various scientific and research activities, including those related to preparation of doctoral dissertations.

The winners obtained funding from resources of the Doctoral School and under Research Excellence Initiative programme, whose goal is to support researchers at all stages of their scientific development. Among other things, young scientists requested for the funding of purchase of chemical reagents and other materials for conducting research, small laboratory equipment, as well as necessary devices for obtaining research material. Other costs covered included translation of publications, the so-called proofreading, conference fees and scientific workshops. PLN 72,319 has been allocated for this purpose under the Research Excellence Initiative programme.

Pięć kobiet w auli
photo by the University of Silesia

The competition for additional pro-quality scholarship awarded for special scientific and artistic achievements of doctoral students at the University of Silesia in Katowice has concluded.

A total of eleven winners were selected, representing the areas of social sciences, exact sciences, natural sciences, engineering, and humanities. The committee took into account the following criteria: publications, participation in research projects, awards and distinctions achieved in calls for proposals and artistic reviews, doctorate degree executed in cooperation with a foreign unit.

The funding was granted within the framework of the Research Excellence Initiative, which supports, among others, the development and career of young scientists.

The list of scholarship winners can be found on the Doctoral Student website.

Two students sitting by the window

Motivating and supporting the development and scientific career of young talents is one of the objectives of Research Excellence Initiative. Under the programme we allocated PLN 250,000 for additional pro-quality scholarship for first, second, third and fourth year doctoral students of doctoral schools at the University of Silesia in Katowice.

To join the call for proposals, a doctoral student had to submit an application via electronic form available at: www.us.edu.pl/szkola-doktorska.

The deadline for submitting applications was 6 September 2021, and the assessment criteria depended on the field of science represented by the doctoral student:

  • humanities, theology, arts,
  • social sciences,
  • natural sciences, engineering and technology.

The committee took into account the following criteria when assessing the applications: scientific achievements, including publications, management and participation in research projects, awards and distinctions achieved in calls for proposals and artistic reviews, doctorate degree executed in cooperation with a foreign unit.

RECRUITMENT

until 6 September 2021 [end of recruitment]

BENEFICIARES

doctoral students

Dziewczyna trzymająca w ręku modliszkę
photo by Szymon Nawrat

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