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FAQs

1. How many calls for applications will there be?

There will be at least two calls for applications, the first opening on 1st October 2021 and closing on 30th November 2021. The second call for applications will open on 1st February 2022 and close on 31st March 2022. 

2. How many positions are funded in the first call?

There will be 24 positions funded from the first call. Each open position is advertised with three research project options, only one of which will be funded. You are invited to choose the research project option that is best for you.  The REDI Program will fund more than 40 positions in total (opening a second call for the remaining positions in February 2022). 

3. Will a position advertised in the first call be available again in the second? 

The positions advertised in the second call (February 2022) will be different from those opened in the first call (October 2021). Only unfilled positions will be re-advertised in the second call. 

4. Can I submit more than one application?

You may apply for up to three positions in each call. If you apply for more than one position, you will be required to nominate your preferred research projects in order.

5. Is there any extra support available? I want to apply but would need support to be successful in my doctorate.

There is an additional allowance for researchers who require extra support, for example those who identify as experiencing financial hardship, have a disability or are refugees. Full details of the special circumstances allowance are in the Guide for Applicants. 

REDI is also committed to providing flexibility for researchers who experience career breaks, parental leave and illness etc. RMIT has a dedicated department, Equitable Learning Services that provides confidential support to its students to ensure they are supported to reach their goals. 

If you have any questions or need further guidance to apply for extra support, contact REDI Help using the form below. 

6. What is the mobility rule?

REDI applicants have to comply with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) ¨mobility rule¨ which states that you may not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of your chosen research host for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the program’s call deadline. For full details please see the Guide for Applicants. 

7. What is the employment rule?

REDI applicants have to comply with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) ¨employment rule¨ which states that you may not be already permanently employed by your chosen research host, at the time of call deadline. This means that you cannot benefit from two Marie Skłodowska-Curie (or “Marie Curie” under FP7) Action grants at the same time and must be able to dedicate yourself full time to research/training activities. For full details see the Guide for Applicants. 

8. Am I eligible if I’m currently a student of the academic institution?

If you have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of your chosen research host for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline, then you are not eligible. See the Guide for Applicants for full details and consider one of the REDI positions hosted elsewhere. 

9. Am I eligible if I’m already employed by the academic institution?

If you are already permanently employed by your chosen research host, at the time of application deadline, you are not eligible for a REDI position with them. See the Guide for Applicants for full details and consider a REDI position hosted elsewhere. 

10. I am currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program, but I have not defended my PhD yet. Can I apply?

Yes, provided that you: 

    • have not been enrolled in a Doctoral Program in the country of your chosen research host for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline, 
    • have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree 
    • have not defended your thesis by the closing date for applications, and 
    • are in the first four years of your research career. 

11. Can I send part of my application/or supporting documents by post or by e-mail? 

No. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted electronically through the application portal. 

12. If my application is successful, what is the earliest date I can start my PhD?

The earliest start date for REDI researchers will be is March 2022 while the earliest start date for those applying in the second call (February 2022) will be July 2022. However, the start date might change from one project position to another. Check the Position Description for the position you are interested in. 

13. My application has been rejected and I think there has been a mistake. What can I do? 

If your application is not successful and you think there has been an error or shortcoming in the way your application was evaluated, you can submit a request for redress for a limited period of time (7 days). You will need to download a Redress form and follow the process in the Guide for Applicants. 

14. Who are members of the Selection Panels? Are their names public? 

You will not be informed of the identity of the individuals that evaluate your application. This is standard practice in processes using the peer review system, and we have made the selection process as transparent as possible by sharing the criteria with which applications will be assessed, as well as the Guide for Evaluators. 

15. Where can I find more information on how to use the application portal? 

The portal is user-friendly and intuitive, and there is a manual available should you need. There will also be a video of an information session for applicants available soon. Follow us on social media for updates.

16. Do I have to work from the country where the research is hosted?

While REDI is flexible in supporting researcher’s individual needs, international experience is key to the program in general and the opportunity of being embedded with research and industry partners is something you won’t want to miss! If you have a query about working remotely, please email redi.help@rmit.edu.au about your individual situation. We will try and find a solution but there may be limitations as REDI researchers will be contracted by their research host and it can be difficult to offer employment to someone based overseas.

17. Can I get a quick check to see if I am eligible for REDI before applying?

Unfortunately we cannot pre-assess your eligibility. If, after reading the eligibility requirements, you think that you qualify for the position, including the requirements for the research host and RMIT for your particular position in its Position Description, we recommend you submit your application. We will then get back to you with an official eligibility check.

18. How do I prove my English proficiency?

All REDI applicants must be proficient in English, but the evidence you need to provide can vary from institution to institution, so it is best to check the Position Description for the PhD you are interested in.

19. I still have questions, where can I get additional support for my application? 

If you can’t find the information you are looking for in Video for Applicants, Guide for Applicants, or Guide for Evaluators, or on the website, please contact  REDI help using the form below or email us at redi.help@rmit.edu.au. 

  1. What if the ethics self-check has identified potential issues with my project?

Wherever a question in column C of the ethics self-check sheet is answered with “YES”, and that corresponding project option has been selected by the successful applicant, the additional information and documents requested in Columns D and E must be provided to the REDI Program Manager (PM) before the REDI researcher can begin work on those aspects of the project.  

When Ethics Approval is required, REDI Supervisors must identify a suitable Ethics Committee (likely within the academic organisations involved) and list them under Column F of the ethics self-check sheet. Note that a minimum of two ethics review bodies will be required, one in an EU member state and one at RMIT University in Australia, due to the co-supervised nature of the projects in REDI. 

Where documents must be provided, please also retain copies for your own records. The REDI Teams shared folders should be used for sharing  documentation with the REDI PM. 

Specific steps for each supervisor:

RMIT Supervisor

  1. In column F of the ethics self-check sheet, name the Ethics Committee that will provide the necessary guidance and approvals for the relevant section of research work. For negligible or low risk research this will be the College Human Ethics Advisory Networks (CHEAN) most closely aligned to the RMIT Supervisor. For more than low risk research this will be the RMIT University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). Consulting RMIT University, Australian national and international research guidelines along with relevant legislation will ensure you conduct your project within appropriate ethical standards. 
  2. Prepare and submit your Human Research Ethics Application via the Research Ethics Platform (REP)REP will generate a reference number for your application and assign your application to the  appropriate reviewing body (the relevant CHEAN or HREC). 
  3. All submitted applications will be governance reviewed before progressing to ethics review and you will be able to track the progress of your application through the timeline in REP. 
  4. Await the finalisation of the outcome of the ethics review. Noting, you must secure ethics approval before commencing the research. 
  5. Once you have the required documentation, save copies in the REDI Teams shared folder, update column G in the ethics self-check sheet, and inform the REDI PM. 
  6. If permissions must be renewed, repeat steps 2 to 5 with the frequency specified in the initial approval in order to retain its validity. 
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Support for RMIT Supervisor: See Researcher Portal article on ‘Applying for Human Research Ethics Approval’. Should you need any advice or support, please reach out to the RMIT University Australia Research Ethics, Integrity and Governance team humanethicsatrmit.edu.au  

EU partner Supervisor 

  1. In column F of the ethics self-check sheet, name the Ethics Committee that will provide the necessary guidance and approvals for the relevant section of research work (likely within your academic organisation).
  2. Solicit the support of the Ethics Committee identified in order to prepare the documentation requested in Columns D and E of the ethics self-check.
  3. Once you have the required documentation, save copies in the REDI Teams shared folder for your organisation, update column G in the ethics self-check sheet, and inform the REDI PM.
  4. If permissions must be renewed, repeat steps 2 and 3 with the frequency specified in the initial approval in order to retain its validity.

Support for EU Supervisor: Please reach out to relevant resources within your organisation, within the REDI network and, of course, the REDI PM. 

Team

We are the RMIT Europe team supporting the REDI community of researchers, supervisors and projects

Reina Ueki

Senior REDI Program Manager

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