Research on sexual harassment in sports, late onset impact of antibiotics on children's health; ethical ideas of young people on love post #MeToo; physical and mental health in young people, and mobility and distribution of tourists in Iceland are among the 37 doctoral projects that received grants from the Doctoral Grant Fund this year. Projects from all of the five University Schools have been allocated grants.
The Doctoral Grant Fund is a collection of funds for The University of Iceland Eimskip Fund and other funds that support doctoral students at the University of Iceland at each point in time. The number of applications has been growing in the past few years, and this year the fund received 146 valid grant applications. The majority of them were well above average, making the competition fierce for the grants
Nevertheless, 37 doctoral projects received grants at this time and the ratio in individual fields of study is in relation to the applications. Twenty-three grants come from the University Research Fund, and from the University of Iceland Eimskip Fund. This is a a 50% increase from last year due to changes in the tax environment for research fund. The University of Iceland's Science Park allocated two grants for the second time, but the board emphasises supporting doctoral research in the field of health- and biotechnology, information technology, and renewable energy.
The total number of grants increased somewhat last year, but they were also 37. Furthermore, 30 of the 37 grants are for three years. This is a positive development, and in line with the fund's policy of enabling grant recipients to dedicate their time to studies and research.
The projects span a diverse field within sociology, economics, anthropology, business administration, political science, environment and natural resources, psychology, bioscience, literature, history, Icelandic, archaeology, educational sciences, sport and health sciences, gender studies, engineering, chemistry, biology, earth sciences, mathematics, and chemistry.
"I sincerely congratulate all grant recipients and their supervisors, the competition for grants is fierce which reflects the dynamic group of doctoral students and research scientists affiliated with the Univeristy. I wish to thank the boards of the the University of Iceland Eimskip and the Science Park who have in recent years worked towards increasing the grants. Grants such as these are imperative for doctoral studies at the University of Iceland," says Jón Atli Benediktsson, rector of the University of Iceland.
Information on the grant recipients is available on the University website.