We know the winners of the second call of the PASIFIC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. 15 researchers from all around the world will begin their research projects at the institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences. They will join 35 scientists who are already conducting their research in Poland.
15 researchers were selected by an independent, international jury from a pool of 200 individuals. The laureates will come to Poland to carry out their research projects until November 1, 2022. The second call gained a lot of interest as there were 13 candidates for one place. Evaluators assessed projects in three main categories – excellence, impact and feasibility. Each project also had to pass an ethical evaluation.
Funding was awarded to 6 projects in the Physical Sciences and Engineering panel, 5 in Social Sciences and Humanities, and 4 in Life Sciences. The number of Fellowships granted in each panel depended on the number of applications submitted in each discipline.
Among the winners are 8 men (53.3%) and 7 women (46.7%). Interestingly, although female candidates made up 36% of the total candidates 46.7% received the grants.
The Fellows are of 7 nationalities and will come to Poland from 9 countries. They represent 11 different scientific disciplines.
The laureates will carry out their research at 9 different institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The highest number of Fellows will run their projects at the PAS Institute of Philosophy and Sociology (5) and at the PAS Institute of Physical Chemistry (3).
The PASIFIC Fellows will receive a monthly salary of approximately EUR 2 300 net for two years. Those who decide to come to Poland with their families will be entitled to a family allowance. In addition, they will have a budget for direct research costs of up to EUR 60 000.
The second PASIFIC call attracted many researchers from around the world – we received 200 proposals from scientists of 50 nationalities. 78 applications were submitted in the Physical Sciences and Engineering panel, 71 in Social Sciences and Humanities, and 51 in Life Sciences.
In the Call, 25 disciplines were covered. The largest number of proposals – 28 – was submitted in the study of the Human Past.
The winning projects will cover diverse issues. They will deal, among others, with designing energy storage devices based on modified activated carbon obtained from biological waste, comprehensive petrochronological examination of rock, molecular control of aging or exploring the engagement of contemporary Eastern Orthodox Christianity with environmental issues.
The majority of applicants were of Indian origin (42), followed by Polish (20), Ukrainian (17), Iranian (11), Pakistani (11) and Belarusian (7).
The researchers will join 35 Fellows selected in the first PASIFIC call.
The ranking and reserve lists are available at the dedicated website https://pasific.pan.pl/call-2/.
Watch the video summarizing the results of the first PASIFIC competition: