Doing research in a non-EU context: funding, ethics and integrity


Research & Valorization

Target Group

The target audience will consists of all UGent students & researchers doing research in a non-EU context. Ma and PhD students from Africa, China, Russia, South-East Asia and Latin-America will be easily reached through the networks of the Regional Platforms. Other groups might be easier mobilised through the networks of the doctoral schools. The final group of participants should be mixed, to enhance interaction and the exchange of experiences. The session on Dual Use will specifically target academic staff. 


All PhD students


This Transferable Skills Seminar will be open to Ma and PhD candidates working in a non-European context. These scholars will be informed on funding opportunities for scholarships; they will get information on topics like ethical clearances, ethics commissions, regulating protocols in the field; and on issues such as corruption, unequal power relations, political complexities when doing research in an unstable context. The ‘dilemma game’ will be the topic of the afternoon– the game offers participants the opportunity to formulate dilemmas from their own practice, which will lead to interaction between researchers familiar with the UGent context or various non-EU contexts. 


    The topic will be funding, ethics and integrity when doing research in a non-European context.

    We plan on some plenary sessions, but also various break-out sessions in the morning - as to differentiate between the various regions. The sessions on ethics commissions and on doing research ethically can be plenary, while the sessions on specific funding channels can take place in regionally-oriented break-out groups. Next to these sessions, we would like to host a separate parallel session on Dual Use right before the lunch break, in particular for an audience that would also consist of academic staff from Ghent University.

    The dilemma game can again be organised with all participants, since it will be extremely enriching for participants to exchange experiences and insights taken from a different regional context.


    This training will broaden the skills of young researchers (Master and early PhD level), in particular within the domain of research and valorization. The first objective for the participants is to be informed on funding opportunities for continued research and on the practicalities of conducting research ethically (ethics commissions, ethical consent documents, dual use, etc.). The second objective is to raise awareness on problems that might arise when doing research/fieldwork in a complex political context (related to unequal power structures, corruption, state interference…). Finally, we want the scholars to actively participate in the dilemma game, which will give them the opportunity to formulate dilemmas from their own practice, and thus relate the theories to their own individual research.

    Time schedule & Venue

    23 February 2021 from 9h00 - 17h00 - Online


    Admission and lunch are free but registration is required at:

    Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

    100 % participation