Eugenio Balzan

Eugenio Balzan

Linda Balzan

Lina Balzan

Application Process and Eligible Institutions

The UCL Balzan Fellowships - Application Process

Applicants are likely to have completed doctoral training by the time of entry into the program in one of a variety of fields including, but not limited to, behavioural and social sciences, biomedical sciences, health professions and public policy.

The flexibility of the program is designed to ensure inclusiveness and maximize the benefits reaped from the available resources. Fellowships will last from three months to a year, with fellows being required to use the residency at UCL within the International Institute for Society and Health to produce the following outcomes: generate a collaborative research proposal; deliver one or more research seminars; write one or more collaborative research publication; and write up and deliver research findings on inequalities in health at one or more international conferences.

A program of training and research will be tailored to the individual but will include: support through a mentoring system; exposure to a range of academic disciplines, colleagues and research datasets; inclusion in all seminar series; and appropriate training. Dedicated office space, equipment and facilities will be provided, as will a stipend, travel allowance and conference allowance. Fellows will be treated as UCL Affiliates, the associated fees for which will be covered by the Institution. Where possible it is hoped that applicants/fellows can be seconded/paid by their home institution or through research applications, but awards of up to £30,000 will be available to cover fellowship costs where required. Up to six Fellowships will be available for the academic year 2016/17.

Eligible Institutions : Applications are invited from the following Institutions/Academic Colleagues:

Region Institution / Academic

*American University of Cairo, Egypt (Rashad)

Asia and Australasia
*Public Health Foundation of India, India (Reddy)
*Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University, Japan (Kagamimori)
*Tokyo University (Hashimoto)
*Osaka University (Iso)
Europe *Semmelweis University of Medicine, Budapest, Hungary (Kopp)
*Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (Pajak)
*Inst. Internal Medicine, Novosibirsk, Russia (Malyutina)
Dusseldorf, Germany (Siegrist)
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (Theorell)
INSERM, Paris, France (Goldberg)
North America University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley (Adler, Braveman)
Harvard University (Berkman, Kawachi, Williams)
Michigan University (Roux, Kaplan)
University of Ottawa (Labonte, Begin)
South America *Ozvaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil (Buss)
*Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil (Victora)
*Institute of Public Health, Mexico (Rivera)
*PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) (Galvao)

Preference will be given within the Balzan Fellowships to those Institutions indicated (*), as recent potential collaborative initiatives have been developed that focus on the theme for which the Balzan Prize was awarded.

Application Deadlines Applications are invited for the academic year 2016/17, with deadlines of 1st May 2016, for programs starting in September 2016, and 1st October 2016, for programs starting after 1st January 2017 (see above for eligible institutions).

It is intended that the program should support the development of the individual. As much flexibility will be allowed as possible on start and end dates, within the constraints of space, the timing of training provision and an ideal that at least two fellows should be resident at any point in time, to facilitate greater inter-institutional links.

Fellows do not have to be employed by the supporting institution at the point of application, although a clear link, or intended future collaboration must be demonstrated (for example, the collaborative funding application proposed could be to provide support on return to their home institution).

Applications should comprise of a:

  • statement of support from the home institution, including the names and contact details of who further referees, and possible costs and alternative sources of funding during residency;
  • curriculum vitae and publication list of the individual proposed;
  • two page statement indicating the research questions, duration of residency and potential outcomes;

Level of Funding Each Fellow will receive funding of up to £30,000 per annum. This is likely to include the cost of academic affiliate fees at UCL, conference and travel costs, and an honorarium for subsistence whilst in the UK.

An outline budget should be provided and all potential fellows are invited to discuss potential costs by correspondence prior to submitting your full application to Mr Andreas Opitz (a.opitz@ucl.ac.uk).

Because of the difficulties of setting up UK bank accounts for short periods, it may be more appropriate for funds to be handled through the visiting fellow’s home institution.

Selection Criteria and Process The Fellowships are designed to help develop the next cadre of researchers working in the area of inequalities in health, whilst building strategic global links between UCL and other institutions world-wide. The selection panel will employ the following criteria:

  • Potential to contribute to the field of inequalities in health;
  • Commitment to a career within the subject area;
  • Quality of past research;
  • Ability to utilize the opportunity presented by the fellowship to build strategic links and/or interdisciplinary research work;
  • References provided by those with whom the applicant has worked or studied.

Prior discussion with potential collaborative partners at UCL will clearly strengthen any application, giving research proposals a greater focus. All applicants are therefore encouraged to correspond with members of staff within the Department or more broadly across UCL.

A panel of four members will judge all applications and the proposed timetable for 2016 will be:

1st May 2016 first deadline for applications (7th June 2016 notification to applicants of acceptance) 1st October 2016 second deadline for applications (15th November 2016 notification to applicants of acceptance)

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