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Universitas 21 - U21

Opportunities for collaboration and international experience
The U21 global university network has something for everyone. As a lecturer and researcher, you are offered platforms for collaboration and exchange of experiences. As a doctoral student, you can take part in competitions and joint projects with funding. Your students are offered opportunities to travel on exchanges and student conferences, as well as to take part in virtual competitions. You will find more information about the network in the column on the right.

U21 for students

LU has signed student exchange agreements with virtually all U21 partners. This means that as a student, you can spend one to two semesters studying at another U21 university within the framework of your studies at LU. You apply for exchange studies at the faculty where you are enrolled.

More information on the opportunities offered by the different faculties is available on the faculty web pages 

There are also opportunities (for students and an accompanying teaching staff member) to take part in some of the summer activities for students organised by U21. For more information, see the link U21 for students in the column on the right.

U21 for doctoral students

U21 advertises funding for joint projects for doctoral students, the Graduate Collaborative Research Awards. These projects aim to create sustainable interdisciplinary relations between research teams within the U21 network, and to develop transferable skills for doctoral students through collaboration, thereby promoting their research. The results of the projects are expected to be made available to the general public. The project groups must have at least three U21 members from at least two countries. Seven projects received funding in 2016. Applications for 2018 (concerning the period from 1 November 2017 to 1 November 2018) are open from 26 May to 1 August 2017.

More information and application documents are available on the U21 website  

U21 3MT Competition 2018

The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) is intended for doctoral students. The local competition will be held in October (2 October 2018) and organised by External Relations in collaboration with the Lund University Doctoral Students’ Union, LDK. Participants must present their research to a jury and an audience from the general public in three minutes, using only one slide. The competition, which is open to all disciplines, is held in English. The local winner is filmed and becomes LU’s representative in the global virtual U21 competition later on in the autumn. 

3MT poster (PDF – 2.10 MB, new window)

Information letter 2018 (PDF - 54 kB, new window)

Read more on the competition website 

U21 for young researchers

Early Career Researchers (ECR) workshops are an activity within the U21 network aimed at young researchers at the start of their careers. These workshops are organised annually at one of the U21 universities, usually in early October. The theme varies, but the idea is to allow researchers in many different fields to take part. Participation in one of these workshops provides good opportunities for network building and career development. LU supports participation in ECR workshops for two or three researchers through a travel grant suitable for the location of the workshop.

The 2017 workshop is organised by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) on the theme of Interculturality and Multiculturalism: the challenges for changing societies. In 2016, the University of Edinburgh ran the workshop on Big Data at the Heart of 21st Century Research.

More information on ECR workshops is available on the U21 website 

Collaborating within U21

As a lecturer and researcher, you can use the U21 network to generate contacts with colleagues at universities within U21 to collaborate on the realisation of ideas on projects or workshops, for example. Collaborations within U21 usually take the form of a project. The network has established Collaborative Groups composed of representatives from the member universities.

Read more on forms of collaboration within the network on the U21 website

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