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Exchanges with the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

The society has both formal and less formal agreements with leading scientific organisations in many countries. In general, scientific exchanges with these countries fall into three categories: study visits, fellowships, and joint projects.

Agreement visits. Bilateral exchange agreements for short-term study visits in both directions exist with the academies of science in all the FSU republics (except Kyrgyzstan and Tadjikistan), Croatia, Macedonia, and Romania. Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, and the Czech and Slovak Republics participate in the society's European Science Exchange Programme (further details are available from the society).

Prospective visitors to the UK should apply to their national academy of science. UK scientists should apply to the Royal Society. Support covers travel and subsistence costs.

Ex-quota visits (all countries). UK scientists may apply to the society for support for a visiting scientist, where that researcher is unable to apply under the Agreement scheme. Visits usually last between ten days and three months (up to six months for the FSU). Priority is given to those applications which are likely to yield significant benefit to the UK side.

Royal Society/NATO Postdoctoral Fellowships. These twelve-month fellowships are aimed at recently qualified postdoctoral scientists and are to provide them with their first opportunity of working in a western scientific environment, Candidates must have their doctorate within the last five years and must not have more than seven years' doctoral-level experience. Those candidates who have spent, or will have spent at the start of the proposed visit, nine consecutive months in a western research laboratory, including North America and Japan, are not eligible to apply. The UK host applies directly to the society on behalf of the prospective visitor.

Joint projects. Joint projects are designed to support longer term collaboration over two years. Funds are provided to cover the cost of travel and subsistence (up to £3,000 per annum for CEE and £4,000 per annum for FSU) together with a maximum contribution of £500 per project towards the cost of consumables.

Details of eligibility and application procedure are available from the Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG (telephone: 0171-839 5561 (ext. 2562), fax: 0171-925 2620).

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