The Nordic Centre has eight office spaces for visiting scholars, i.e. academics from our member universities who come to Shanghai to conduct research, collaborate with partners in their field, or other purposes. Durations typically vary from a few days to many months.
We offer the visiting scholars help with such things as getting in contact with relevant Chinese researchers, practicalities of locating to China temporarily, library and IT facilities, business cards, and more. Please read our HANDBOOK FOR VISITING SCHOLARS to learn more about this opportunity.
Please write to programme manager Magnus Jorem at email@example.com to book a space or hear more -- but please do read the handbook first as it probably answers many of your questions.
Funding for visits
Nordic Centre can financially support your research visit abroad through our "research platform", whether you are a researcher at a Nordic member university who wants to do work in China, or a Fudan/Duke Kunshan University researcher travelling to the Nordic countries to do work at a member university there. All levels (PhD fellows, Post Docs, etc) are eligible to apply.
The Nordic Centre Research Platform is a flexible and easily accessible support instrument for research collaboration between the Nordic Centre´s member universities and Fudan/Duke Kunshan University. Its main purpose is to promote research of mutual interest to Chinese and Nordic researchers.
Who can apply?
Researchers (PhDs, Post Docs, and Professors) from Fudan University, Duke Kunshan University and Nordic Centre (NC) member universities can apply for the grant. The grant can be used for Nordic researchers to visit Fudan/Duke Kunshan University and for Fudan/Duke Kunshan researchers to visit NC member universities.
What is funded?
The costs of the research visits will be divided between the home university, the host university, and the NC. NC reimburses the visiting researcher for accommodation, local transportation, and basic living costs up to the amount of EUR 600 per week for visitors to Nordic universities, and up to EUR 400 per week for visits to Fudan/Duke Kunshan University. Such basic living costs may include meals, various work-related expenses, or representation costs for work-related meetings, but not expenses like entertainment, clothing, or unnecessary consumption. The money will be paid after the research trip has been completed and upon handing in original receipts/boarding passes, etc. to the Nordic Centre.
The home university is responsible for the visiting researcher’s salary during the visit as well as travel costs. However, the NC can provide up to EUR 500 for travel expenses. The host university provides office space and research facilities for the visiting researcher and assists in finding accommodation during the visit. The researcher should establish contact with the host university independently and is responsible for the arrangements of their stay themselves, including taking out a travel insurance if this is not covered by his/her home university.
The duration of the visit is 2-4 weeks.
There is no deadline for the application which means you can submit your application throughout the year. The funding will be transferred to your account after the trip, and when you have submitted a report showing your travel expenses along with the original receipts. You will be reimbursed according to your actual expenses up to the amount of EUR 400 (China) and EUR 600 (the Nordic countries) per week.
Applications will be evaluated based on the purpose of the visit and its expected results. Among the criteria to be used in evaluating the applications will be:
● potential for long-term cooperation
● benefits for Sino-Nordic cooperation and for the Nordic Centre.
The application should include:
● a list of research background/experience and publications/research projects
● the approval and recommendation of the home university for the visit
● an invitation and recommendation from the host university
Upon completion of the visit, the visiting researchers will be required to submit:
● a short written report to the Nordic Centre describing the content and results of their visit
● an overview of travel expenses
● scans of the original receipts
The form should be filled in English and sent (together with relevant attachments) to the Nordic Centre Programme Manager, Magnus Jorem (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
We invite our member universities to contact us to discuss the possibilities of utilizing the NC´s facilities, research networks, and logistic support for various kinds of academic events.
If a member university plans on organizing a research seminar, a workshop, or conference at the Nordic Centre, there is also the possibility of applying for funding from the Nordic Centre Council.
Organizers of academic events can apply the Council for funding of any amount between 2,000 and 7,000 euros.
Priority will be given to applications that include the participation of at least two Nordic member universities, preferably from different Nordic countries, and one or more Chinese partners. Events where Fudan University or Chinese affiliates are among the Chinese partners will be prioritized; however, other Chinese universities are naturally more than welcome to be involved as partners, and this priority should not be understood as a mandatory condition.
The deadlines for applying for activity funding are 15th of March and 15th of September. The applicant will be notified immediately after the first coming Council meeting, which generally take place in April and October.
Room rentals are free for member universities. If the duration and intensity of the activity is exceptional, we may charge a fee, upon agreement.
Please specify your requests in the email, and feel free to ask any questions about the rooms or the types of services we can provide. Keep in mind that we are generally closed on weekends, in the week of the Chinese Spring Festival, and in the month of August (plus a few other holidays), but can upon request make our facilities and available during such occasions.
Besides our library and informal "multi-function room" on the second floor, which are both open 9 AM - 5 PM on weekdays to everyone, we have the following facilities in the Nordic Centre building:
Seminar room 101, seating 80 (comfortably). With projector. Suitable for presentations, movie screenings, panels; however the chairs cannot be moved.
Classroom 109, seating about 40 people. With projector. Suitable for teaching or group work.
Meeting room 201, seating about 15 people in horse-shoe formation. With projector. Suitable for smaller meetings.
Seminar room 302, seating about 40 people around a horse-shoe formation (tables and chairs can be moved around however), with additional seats against the walls. With projector. Suitable for seminars, workshops, meetings, and teaching.
The Sino-Nordic Welfare Research Network (SNoW) was established in 2010, and has been funded by NordForsk and the Nordic Council of Ministers during 2011-2015. The University of Bergen provides basic funding in 2016. The project is directed by Professor Stein Kuhnle, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, and its hub in China is Nordic Centre, where many of its activities take place.
Every other year, Nordic Centre hosts a conference, the theme of which is decided at the previous year's autumn council meeting. Organizers at one but preferably several member universities work in close collaboration with the Nordic Centre to organize the conference, putting the programme together, spreading information and calling for papers, and identifying and attracting participants.
The Nordic Centre has given the title Nordic Centre Research Fellow to about 30 professors at Fudan University. In addition to being experts in their own fields of study they all have a special link to one of the Nordic Countries or universities, or they have shown prolonged dedication and active engagement to the Nordic Centre activities. The Nordic Centre Research Fellows regularly attend activities at the Nordic Centre and also act as adviser or think tank.