CLI Research Fellowships

Appointing Research Fellows through the CLI

The Community for Learning & Innovation (CLI) focuses on joint innovation activities and improving the quality of education by enhancing the combination of online, blended and on-campus education. The CLI organises projects relating to the professionalisation of lecturers, innovation in online and other education, education research and student4student projects, in collaboration with the faculties.

The CLI supports these projects by providing faculties with the opportunity to appoint CLI Research Fellows. We will be giving a brief explanation of the term ‘Research Fellowship’ below, as well as how the faculties can nominate candidates for Research Fellowships to the CLI.

  • A CLI Research Fellow is a senior researcher (assistant professor/associate professor/professor) at EUR. Together with a student assistant, a Research Fellow carries out an educational research assignment for a period of one year. Ideally, this research assignment should be linked to one of the educational innovations that are already being carried out or will be carried out at the CLI. This will ensure that the programme management endorses the project. Research Fellows also participate in the community to ensure exchanges of knowledge among the Research Fellows and at EUR in a general sense.

  • The CLI will pay Research Fellows salary compensation amounting to 0.2 FTEs for the duration of the project. One or two student assistants may provide Research Fellows with support, and will receive a temporary appointment amounting to no more than 0.2 FTEs. The research projects may cover a period of one or two years.

  • To apply for a position as Research Fellow at the CLI, candidates will need to submit a detailed specification of the research project comprising no more than 800 words:

    • The application must include a brief specification of the educational innovation to be researched. The issues addressed in the research must link up with EUR’s strategy and with the CLI’s goals. In this respect, there may be a clear link with the Teaching Fellows in the CLI’s ‘Professionalisation of Lecturers’ issue.
    • The application must contain a specification of the research question, the research design, the requisite data compilation (if applicable) and a general timetable for the project.
    • The application must state the envisaged end product, e.g. a research report, a scientific publication, a presentation, etc.
    • The research project is preferably of an interfaculty nature and of interest to other faculties.
    • The project must be endorsed by the programme management.
    • The project must specify how candidates’ co-researchers (and possibly their students) will be involved.
    • Research Fellows’ activities must contribute to development of the network throughout EUR at the CLI, as the relevant Fellows will share their experiences and results, e.g. during the two-monthly lunch meetings held by Erasmus Education Research.
  • The CLI provides expertise in the field of educational research in support of the Research Fellows, including access to the Erasmus Education Research Database for Research. In addition, Research Fellows can use the creative spaces in the Learning Innovation Lab (LI Lab) on the ground floor of the Polak Building for meeting up with other educational researchers, lecturers and students. The LI Lab & Studio will become operational in November 2018. The CLI will also provide the Research Fellows with the necessary facilities for seeking and recruiting external funding. We will cooperate with existing services in order to recruit subsidies at EUR.

    • Faculties must submit their applications for a Research Fellowship in an e-mail sent to
    • Applications for Fellowships that start in 2018 may be submitted until August 31st, 2018 at the latest.
    • These applications will be assessed by a committee comprising Professor Guus Smeets (chairman), Dr Pleunie van den Borne (secretary), Professor Jeroen Jansz and Ms Nadine Nieuwstad (student member of the University Council). The committee members will assign precedence to the proposals and submit this to the CLI steering group, together with a substantiated recommendation. The CLI steering group will decide on the awarding of the Fellowships.
    • Support for the Fellows’ network will be provided in relation to the CLI theme of Educational Research.
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