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Our scholarship call
This call is aimed at budding researchers with creative and open minds towards the challenges of applied research. We offer a unique learning opportunity in a multidisciplinary research project on the isle of Gozo, Malta. Expeditions and the University of Leuven offer two full scholarships (excluding airfare) for the 2021 Malta Summer School. Scholarships are granted on a competitive basis, based on a research proposal.
(Note: this scholarship call only applies to the Off The Beaten Track summer sessions, for our other programs, unfortunately, we don't have grants available.)
- Undergraduate and graduate students - PhD students - Everyone with a genuine interest in anthropology - Previous participants of the project
Selection is NOT based on academic merit or complexity. We aim for enthusiasm, dedication and creativity.
The call is open to all. In the past years, even students who were not enrolled in an anthropology program received scholarships for the project.
Send us 2 or more research concepts (but at least two!).
150-250 words per research concept.
Submitting can only be done through the online form that is linked at the end of this step by step walkthrough. Please read this walkthrough guide thoroughly!
Use the form once per proposal, submit and reload the form to start a next proposal.
You will receive an automated email per submission.
The deadline for submissions (first stage) is January 5th, 2022 (GMT+1).
The basic guidelines
You are allowed to send in as many research ideas as you like. All submissions will compete equally.
Applicants are asked to be creative and think outside the box in the topic, approach, and methods.
The research should be feasible within the context of the Off the Beaten Track program.
Browse through www.omertaa.org to find exemplary research papers of previous participants.
The topic in itself does not have to be original at all. We look for feasibility and creativity in the approach of the topic.
There is a mandatory minimum of 2 proposals to be eligible.
In order to get your research proposals reviewed by our board, you will also need to submit a regular application.
When your regular application gets approved for participation, you will have the opportunity to register for the program.
Suppose this regular application does not get approved. In that case, your scholarship submissions will still be in the running: don’t worry, refusal of applications is mostly due to a lack of available slots, while scholarship spots are reserved until the outcome of this process.
If you are not registered before the scholarship outcome, we cannot guarantee that you can eventually enlist in your preferred session. (Simple mathematics: we can not reserve a spot in each session for each scholarship recipient).
From the proposals submitted before the deadline, the scholarship review board will select 15 to 20 candidates to work out a more detailed research plan before the deadline of February 27th. On or before January 14th you will receive an email on whether or not you are selected for this next and final step.
This research plan, together with your application info will be presented to the review board as your final submission.
The final submissions will be ranked and scholarships will be divided according to this ranking.
The two top ranked proposals will be granted a full scholarship, others might receive a partial scholarship. It is at the discretion of the review board to divide the scholarship fund.
None of the scholarships include airfare from and to Malta.
Please understand that…
The number of students accepted in the program is limited. Scholarships will be granted only after the completion of the selection procedure, while registration is open to non-scholarship participants. In case you wish to join the project even if you do not receive a scholarship from us, we advise to register through the regular application procedure as early as possible since non-scholarship slots are usually filled before the scholarship deadlines.
The final announcement on your scholarship grant will be done by email on or before the 7th of March.