Realising the potential for world-class research
As part of the Faculty’s research strategy, the Talent Track is designed to provide the Faculty’s researchers with the opportunities to pursue their research ambitions in a competitive and challenging landscape. The initiative is designed to help us identify and acknowledge talented and ambitious researchers at the Faculty and support their original, world-class, and potentially ground-breaking research plans.
Sten Rynning, Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, comments on the Talent Track initiative:
- Innovative ideas are crucial for both research and society. With Talent Track, we want to strengthen our support to a number of emerging career scholars with extraordinary potential by giving them an even better opportunity to invest in their ambitious and ground-breaking ideas, which can take their research in new directions and to new heights. It’s an individual career booster, but it also benefits the research environment at SAMF and thus creates value and solutions for the benefit of society.
An activity-based career booster
Excellence Fellows enrolled in the Talent Track will have individually tailored career plans made for them. Such plans will define distinct excellence objectives and measures to achieve them. Enrolled fellows are offered financial support from the Faculty as well as mentoring and coaching by senior excellent peers to help achieve their career objectives.
Bringing together emerging career scholars
The Excellence Fellows include both early career scholars at the Faculty, who have applied specifically for enrolment in the Talent Track, as well as emerging career scholars at the Faculty recognised by external excellence programs or grants: Marie Curie Fellows (MSCA), Danish Institute of Advanced Studies Fellows (DIAS), and ERC Starting Grant holders. Though more established, ERC Consolidator Grant holders are likewise offered participation in the Talent Track.
As a forum for networking and learning the Talent Track will bring together these talented young researchers to share and discuss research experiences and visions with each other and with relevant guest speakers from academia and society.
All researchers at the Faculty with a PhD age of 2-8 years can apply for enrolment in the Talent Track. Enrolment requires an extraordinary academic profile that will be assessed on the merit of their research track record and research promise. The Talent Track is open for applications once a year, and an advisory board reviews applications and decides on new Talent Track enrolments.