There are many reasons why you may consider undertaking a period of research in a different institution:
- to learn a new method
- to learn a new skill
- to broaden your experience
- to foster collaboration
- to boost your reputation and profile as a researcher (it looks good on your CV, especially if it is a prestigious group/Institution)
- some funders actively encourage it
- demonstrates proactivity and independence
Plan the following:
- Contact the institution and group in advance to ask if you can join them. You may need a letter of support. You may need to pay Institution fees.
- Work with them and your supervisors to decide what specifically you want to get out of the visit and the optimum timing of the visit (when and how long for).
- Consider the following costs:
- cost of living i.e. food
- Institution fees
- insurance (this may be covered by your University)
You may cost this within a larger grant (e.g. a Fellowship grant) or apply for a separate travel grant e.g.
- the ACP Travel Fund
- Consider the following practicalities:
- passport (when does it expire?)
- vaccination or health checks
- local currency
- local travel adaptors
- local safety (ask for advice about where to stay and the surrounding neighbourhood from the group you will be visiting)
- On your return consider:
- how you can best share the skills you’ve acquired e.g. creating a new lab protocol, hosting a workshop
- the requirements of your funder e.g. do you need to produce a report?
- how you will continue the collaboration
- Update your CV