UiT Aurora Outstanding

Aurora Outstanding is a talent development program designed to give selected young researchers at UiT the very best opportunities to qualify as international scientific leaders in their fields

About UiT Aurora Outstanding

UiT Aurora Outstanding is a cooperation between UiT The Arctic Univeristy of Norway and Tromsø Research Foundation (TFS).

The program aims at giving outstanding academic fellows the opportunity to enhance their career at UiT towards becoming a leader of an internationally recognized research group, and to strengthen their opportunity to gain highly competitive external funding. Aurora Outstanding Fellows are offered training within various transferrable skills and a local, multidisciplinary and social network for young, ambitious researchers at UiT.

The architecture

Each Aurora Outstanding program runs for two years, with new classes every second year. The first class entered the program in 2018, the second class in 2020. 

The current criteria for invitation in to the program are UiT researchers that have received either 1) a TFS StG, b) a MSCA-IF, c) an ERC StG (or reached second stage in the application process), d) Young Research Talent funding from The Norwegian Research Council, or e) are association to NCMM (Norwegian Center for Molecular Medicin).

Each fellow will early in the program appoint two mentors, se details below. Together with the international mentor, the fellow will prepare a Career Development Plan (CDP) which lays the ground for the individual development of the fellow. Flexible funding for career development activities are available for the fellows as part of the Aurora Operative funds (see details below).

During the two years of the program, the fellows will receive training in transferrable skills (incl. topic like leadership, ERC StG proposal training, work/life balance, innovation, communication, etc). There are 2-3 main gatherings each year, these gathering often include social events. In addition, the program offers add-on seminars on request from the group (eg. economy-for-dummies, IPR/Open Access, etc). 

The fellows can also choose from a variety of open courses at UiT, including courses on transferable skills given at High North Academy (HNA: https://site.uit.no/hna/).

 

Role of mentors

Mentorship is an important element of the program. Each of the participants will assign both an internal (UiT local) and an international (academic) mentor.

The main task of the internal UiT mentor will be to contribute to the career development, including clarifying career goals and career opportunities at UiT, and to discuss national funding opportunities. The internal mentoring will help the candidates to learn more about UiT and help them integrate further at UiT, building interdisciplinary relationships and networks.

The main task of the international mentor is to help the fellow prepare a CDP for the program period and beyond, including a plan for publication, international collaboration, and for competing for prestigious research grants, such as ERC. An important element in the plan is to identify the unique contribution of the fellows to the respective research fields.

Mentoring is specifically aimed at enabling the participants to meet the professional expectations and performance objectives within their career track; to identify gaps in their CDP; and how to establish long-term career objectives.

UiT Aurora Operative funds

Current members of Aurora Outstanding may apply for flexible funding through UiT Aurora Operative Funds. The funding will cover activities that will enhance the fellows career development.

Fellows that have attended more than 2/3 of all gatherings are eligible for funding. Please contact the UiT project leaders (Theresa Mikalsen or Inger Lin Uttakleiv Ræder) for questions of eligibility.

Find application for for UiT Aurora Operative Funds here.

UiT Aurora Outstanding Administrators

Aurora Outstanding is a cooperation between UiT The Arctic University of Norway and Tromsø Research Foundation (TFS). The program is administrated by Unn Sørum (TFS), Oddveig Åsheim (TFS), Inger Lin Uttakleiv Ræder (UiT) and Theresa Mikalsen (UiT).


Current UiT Aurora Outstanding Fellows (2020-2022)

Portrettbilde av Simon Devylder
Simon Devylder

Postdoctor

Department of Language and Culture

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Portrettbilde av Laura Junka-Aikio
Laura Junka-Aikio

Postdoctor

The Arctic University Museum of Norway

Web page

Portrettbilde av Sybil Akua Okyerewa Obuobi
Sybil Akua Okyerewa Obuobi

Postdoctor

Department of Pharmacy

Web page

Portrettbilde av Jason Rothman
Jason Rothman

Professor

Department of Language and Culture

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Florian Ströhl
Florian Ströhl

Postdoctor

Department of Physics and Technology

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Deniz Tat
Deniz Tat

Postdoctor

Department of Language and Culture

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Josephine von Zitzewitz
Josephine von Zitzewitz

Postdoctor

Department of Language and Culture

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Portrettbilde av Mohamed Ezat
Mohamed Ezat

Postdoctor

Department of Geosciences

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Bastian Fromm
Bastian Fromm

The Arctic University Museum of Norway

Portrettbilde av Khadij Gharibi
Khadij Gharibi

Postdoc

Department of Language and Culture

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Peter Heintzman
Peter Heintzman

Associate Professor

The Arctic University Museum of Norway

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Tone Huse
Tone Huse

Associate Professor

Department of Archeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Ingeborg Høvik
Ingeborg Høvik

Associate Professor

Department of Language and Culture

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Portrettbilde av Nadine Kolb
Nadine Kolb

Postdoctor

Department of Language and Culture

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Portrettbilde av Jaume Ferrer Lalanza
Jaume Ferrer Lalanza

Postdoctor

Department of Psychology

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Portrettbilde av Christian Lentz
Christian Lentz

Associate Professor

Department of Medical Biology

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Portrettbilde av James Edgar McCutcheon
James Edgar McCutcheon

Professor

Department of Psychology

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Portrettbilde av Lynn Butler
Lynn Butler

Associate Professor

Department of Clinical Medicine

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Audun Theodorsen
Audun Theodorsen

Associate Professor

Department of Physics and Technology

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Portrettbilde av Casper Ullsten-Wahlund
Casper Ullsten-Wahlund

Postdoc 

Department of Clinical Medicine

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UiT Aurora Outstanding 2018–2020

15 talented researchers formed the first class (2018-2020) of UiT Aurora Outstanding. Criteria for invitation for participation for this first cycle was a) TFS StG scholarship; b) MSCA-IF fellows at UiT; c) ERC StG fellows from H2020, including those who were invited to stage 2 in the evaluation process; d) other outstanding fellows who have recently been recruited to UiT on similar criteria.

Portrettbilde av Kathrin Helen Hopmann
Kathrin Helen Hopmann

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Science and Technology

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Portrettbilde av Jana Jágerská
Jana Jágerská

Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Technology
Faculty of Science and Technology

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Krishna Agarwal
Krishna Agarwal

Postdoctor
Department of Physics and Technology
Faculty of Science and Technology

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Andreia Plaza Faverola
Andreia Plaza Faverola

Researcher
Department of Geosciences
Faculty of Science and Technology

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Cordian Riener
Cordian Riener

Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Science and Technology

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Juha Vierinen
Juha Vierinen

Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Technology
Faculty of Science and Technology

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Shona Wood
Shona Wood

Researcher
Department of Arctic and Marine Biology
Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Eva-Stina Edholm
Eva-Stina Edholm

Researcher
The Norwegian College of Fishery Science
Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Alexander Tøsdal Tveit
Alexander Tøsdal Tveit

Researcher
Department of Arctic and Marine Biology
Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Lorena Arranz
Lorena Arranz

Researcher
Department of Medical Biology
Faculty of Health Sciences

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Rachel Klassen
Rachel Klassen

Postdoctor
Department of Language and Culture
Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Fatih Bayram
Fatih Bayram

Postdoctor
Department of Language and Culture
Faculty of Humanitites, Social Sciences and Education

Webpage

Portrettbilde av Evelina Leivada
Evelina Leivada

Postdoctor
Department of Language and Culture
Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

Webpage

Main gatherings

UiT Aurora Outstanding offers a total of seven main gatherings during the two-year period of each class. All main gatherings are exclusively for UiT Aurora Outstanding fellows.

Kick-off UiT Aurora Outstanding class 2020-2022

New members of UiT Aurora Outstanding are welcomed to the program!

18.01.2021 11:30 - 18.01.2021 13:30
Tabletten (F1.101)

Find program here.

 
Get-to-know-eachother 03.02.2021 08:30 - 03.02.2021 16:00
Digital
ERC Basic

Information & inspiration

27.04.2021 12:15 - 27.04.2021 15:45
Tabletten (F1.101)

Prerecorded online course at your available time between April 13th and 27th. 

In collaboration with Enspire Science.

Add-on seminars

In addition to the main gatherings, add-on seminars are offered on request. Three breakfast seminars are already planned; Career development and mentoring + Open access/IPR + Economy-for-dummies.

Add-on seminar 02.11.2021 12:52 - 02.11.2021 12:52
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Add-on seminar 11.01.2022 11:00 - 11.01.2022 11:00
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Career development and mentoring

We would like to welcome you to the first add-on seminar for Aurora Outstanding, class 2, with topic career development and mentoring.

16.03.2021 12:30 - 16.03.2021 13:30
Digitalt

UiT Aurora Operative Funds

Current Aurora Outstanding fellows are eligible to apply funding through Aurora Operative Funds. The flexible funding covers career enhancing activities according to the fellow's CDP, and requires attendance at minimum 2/3 of the Aurora Outstanding gatherings.

Find application form here.

UiT Aurora Mentorships

Aurora Outstanding Fellows will appoint two mentors; an internal UiT mentor and one international mentor within the fellows scientific area. Read more here.

Find a CDP template here

Attached documents

Here you will find all our attached documents

Aurora Outstanding application form