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Dear Faculty/Institute Members,

The application period (1st call) for the funded program "Academic Staff Mobility for Teaching to non-European countries" (Erasmus+ KA107 Program) will be held between 22 October and 28 November 2018.  The application deadline is November 28, 2018. According to the Program rules, the mobility activities within the framework of this 1st call must be completed until 15 May 2019.

For this call of Erasmus+ KA107 Staff Mobility for Teaching Assignments, please find the attached list of countries/partner universities, which can be visited. In this specific call, total available funding for Israel and Iran is up to 2 weeks each and funding available is 4 weeks for Russia. The Program budget can only be used for mobility to the partner universities in the list specific to this call. Funding cannot be provided for mobility towards universities other than those in the attached list.

Erasmus+ KA107 Staff Mobility for Teaching Assignments (STA) is a fully funded mobility activity that allows academic staff of a Higher Education Institution (HEI) to teach and carry joint academic/educational activities at a partner HEI in the program countries around the globe. Erasmus+ KA107 Staff Mobility for Teaching Assignments might include a variety of activities such as lecturing, hands-on teaching activities, giving a seminar and organizing a workshop.

 

1. Application Conditions (Minimum Requirements):

  • Applicants must be a member of METU and they must actively work at the time of application,
  • Applicants must be employed for teaching and lecturing at METU (i.e. staff who works as Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor)
  • Applicants are expected to get in touch with the preferred HEI (from the list) and receive an acceptance letter (or e-mail) prior to the application deadline (28 November 2018).  

 

2. Application Procedure & Application Documents

Step 1: Check the attached Partner list to see availability of funding for country/university for this specific call.

Step 2: Obtain an Acceptance Letter or e-mail (either from the International Office or related academic department at the partner university) and fill in the Application form. An acceptance letter is a pre-admission document/e-mail sent by an official from the preferred partner university. You can find a draft for pre-admission letter for your use attached. The letter needs to be submitted together with the Application form  to METU ICO (akkol@metu.edu.tr) prior to the application deadline.

Step 3: All applications will be evaluated by METU ICO according to the fair and transparent selection criteria and the results will be announced at www.ico.metu.edu.tr

Important note: Applications of those candidates who have not received pre-admission will not be evaluated in the selection process.

Important note: It is possible to apply for more than one countries (3 preferences). But, the applicants need to submit an acceptance letter or pre-admission e-mail for each of their preferences.  

 

3. Selection Criteria:

To find more information on the application criteria used in the Erasmus+ KA107 STA applications, please see attached document.

 

4. Duration of the Activities

According to KA107 program rules, duration of teaching mobility ranges from 5 days to 2 months (max.) excluding travel time. In order to learn the maximum duration of the teaching activity that can be funded, please check the Partner list for this call.

In the list, “maximum week” column indicates the maximum number of weeks available in the related country budget. For those countries which have a budget to support more than one week, it may be possible to allocate the whole budget for one teaching staff, if there is only one applicant. In case of having more than one application, the available budget will be shared among applicants according to program rules.

For one-week participation, the teaching activity has to comprise a minimum of 8 hours of teaching per week (5 days) and there must be a teaching activity for the each day of the mobility. For teaching activities that will last more than one week, the minimum teaching hour must be calculated in proportion to the minimum requirement (e.g., 16 hours/2 weeks, 24 hours/3 weeks).

Important note: If the teaching activity/teaching hours last less than the minimum requirements, the activity is considered as void by the funding body and the grant payment will not be made for the related activity.

The activity must take place until 15 May 2019. It is not possible for the beneficiaries to conduct their mobility after 15 May, 2019.

 

5. Erasmus+ Funding Amounts

5.1. Daily Grant Amounts

For the mobility period, the grant per day will be 160 € for all countries. For the mobility period exceeding 14 days, the grant per day will be 112€.

Except travel days, no daily grant is paid for weekends.

Even if the travel days exceed 2 days, it is not possible for beneficiaries to receive daily grants for more than 2 days of travel. 

5.2. Travel Amount by Distance

In addition to these daily grants, participants will receive a travel support as well. The travel support is a fixed amount, independent of the price of plane tickets. The travel amount is calculated by using the “Distance Calculator” below:

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/tools/distance_en.htm

The distance calculator is used to determine the distance between the location where the staff is residing and the place of activity. The kilometers in distance calculated by the distance calculator corresponds to the round-trip and the amount does not get multiplied two.

 

Obtained “km” Value

Grant Amount (€)

100-499 km

180

500-1999 km

275

2000-2999 km

360

3000-3999 km

530

4000-7999 km

820

+8000 km

1.100

5.3. A Sample of Grant Calculation

For example, if you visit Iran for 1 week, the total grant will be: 160*5 (mobility days) + 160*2 (travel days) + 275 (travel support) = 1395 €.

For the mobility period exceeding 14 days, the grant per day will be 112€. For example, if you visit Russia for 3 weeks, the total grant will be: 160*14 (mobility days) +112*1 (mobility days exceeding 14)+112*2 (travel days) + 275 (travel support) = 2851 €.

 

6. Additional Grant for Disabled Participants

For disabled participants, it is possible to receive additional grants to meet their specific needs. In order for the disabled staff to be given additional grants, the beneficiary higher education institution is required to request additional grants from the Turkish National Agency. The applications for additional grants should be made during the term of the contract, but in any case up to 60 days before the contract end date. The Turkish National Agency will evaluate each application specifically and determine whether the additional grant can be granted, and if so, the appropriate grant amount. In order to learn more about the application forms, you may contact METU ICO.

 

7. Erasmus Staff Mobility without Grant (Zero-Grant) 

It is possible to participate in Erasmus staff mobility programme without a grant. Those staff members who would like to participate in the programme without a grant need to submit an application and their applications need to be evaluated along with all the others. Those participants with zero grant also have to fulfill rights and obligations of the program.

If you have any questions about the Program, you can contact METU International Cooperations Office (ICO): Mrs. Burcu Akpınar (Overseas Mobility Coordinator); akkol@metu.edu.tr; 210 7180

 

Note: A second call of application period is planned for April-May 2019 (the exact dates will be announced later). In the 2nd call, there will be a different list of countries including Australia, Canada, Japan, Serbia, Thailand, Ukraine, United States and so on. The mobility activities within the framework of the 2nd call will need to take place until 15 May 2020. Seperate application periods are planned because of the different countries and program budgets offered in two separate Erasmus+ project periods.