ISRIC guest researcher programme

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In partnership, ISRIC implements a wide range of soil-related activities and projects that support environmental, social, and economic sustainability. In this context, we have a guest researcher programme aimed at strengthening international collaboration and stimulating exchange of knowledge and information. We welcome researchers and professionals who wish to collaborate on global and regional soil information related initiatives that align with ISRIC's strategy.

During the past years, we have hosted guest researchers from Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Iran, Kenya, the Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, Spain and the USA. Generally, our guests stay with us for three to six months to work on a mutually agreed upon topic that aligns with ISRIC's strategy. At the end of their stay, each guest researcher will have to present his/her results during a plenary lecture attended by all ISRIC staff. In principle, each guest research should result in at least one of the following:

  • co-authored research manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed journal;
  • shared database (CC-BY or CC BY-NC), ideally complemented with a co-authored manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed Data Journal;
  • documented methods and procedures (e.g. as R codes or wikis);
  • materials or innovative methods for the ISRIC World Soil Museum or collection management;
  • initiatives/proposals for externally funded follow-up activities.

Researchers who work in an area of research that is of interest to ISRIC may submit an application form plus a CV to the coordinators (Niels Batjes and Gerard Heuvelink). These will screen the proposal on scientific merits and strategic importance for ISRIC. Should you desire to work with a specific ISRIC staff member, this should be indicated on the application form. When agreeable and feasible, the proposed advisor(s) will help you to fine-tune your initial application.

Please note that ISRIC can only accommodate up to two guest researchers each year; the selection on scientific merits of the proposal is strict. Further, the selection procedure includes a short online interview to assess the prospective candidate's proficiency with the English language (Only for non-native English speakers).

All prospective guest researchers must provide written evidence from their employer that they will receive financial support for their stay at ISRIC; this is also needed for visa application. All guest researchers will have to make their own financial arrangements (e.g. travel, accommodation, health and travel insurance). Typically, ISRIC will only cover costs associated with office space, internet account, computing facilities, scientific and administrative support. On average, ISRIC advisors will have up to 2 hours per week to provide advice to a guest researcher.  

Only if your (finalised) application has been evaluated positively by the screening committee it will be sent to the ISRIC Director for his consideration. When positive, you will receive a formal letter of acceptance from ISRIC. Thereafter, the ISRIC secretariat and the Human Resources Department will ‘take over’. They will help you with visa and residence permit application with the Dutch Immigration Service. These procedures may require up to three months in some cases.

Obtaining appropriate and affordable (furnished) accommodation in Wageningen is often problematic and time consuming. It is the responsibility of the guest researcher to find housing; ISRIC can only provide limited support. Some useful sites are listed here.

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