Three researchers from the University of Groningen (UG) have been awarded a Rubicon grant by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), allowing them to conduct research at a foreign institute of education. In Sweden, Sara Raj Pant will study the causes and effects of the various migratory habits of four bird species.
The Rubicon programme enables promising young researchers to acquire international research experience at a top institute abroad. Most of the researchers spend 24 months abroad, while some laureates stay for between 12 and 18 months. The amount of the grant depends on the chosen destination and the duration of the stay. Approximately 60 up-and-coming researchers are awarded Rubicon funding every year. A total of €7 million is available, and it is allocated in three separate rounds. The three UG researchers are among a group of 31 researchers from two rounds of grants awarded in 2020.
Sweden: Lund University, Department of Biology, 24 months
Many animals cover incredible distances with the changing of the seasons. Migration strategies between individual animals differ, and can also change with age. Different strategies can have different effects on survival or reproduction. Dr Raj Pant will use this project to study the causes and effects of individual variation in the migratory habits of four species of birds.
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