To promote student interest in sustainable development, the Environmental Advisory Board (Miljöråd) at Dalarna University awards a travel grant on an annual basis of 10 000 kr for the thesis work of a student that most strongly contributes to a sustainable society.
The winning thesis for the academic year 2018-2019 was Pavlina Arsova, who researched the effect of advertisements for alcohol in South Africa: see the news item "Award-Winning Thesis".
The travel grant is intended for continue studies and professional development. As stated above, it is awarded on an annual basis. The next grant will be awarded for a degree project published in the academic year 2018-2019: as such, students whose degree project is published in DiVA between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 can enter to win the travel grant.
Send your entry by email by September 1, 2019 to the University's Environmental Coordinator (see contact details below). In the email you need to 1) include a link to your thesis in DiVA; 2) explain in brief why your thesis contributes to a sustainable society; and 3) describe in brief how the travel grant would be used.
You can also nominate the thesis of somebody else: if you do this, be sure to first ask the author and also answer point 3 above.
A decision will be made on the submitted entries that will be based on these four criteria:
- Direct relevance to sustainable development: there must be clear connections to one or more aspects of sustainable development in, for example, the background, research question, results and discussion.
- Integration of a number of different perspectives related to sustainable development: this relates to whether the work covers social, ecological and/or economic issues, and not least the extent to which any possible conflicts or synergies are highlighted between these perspectives
- Potential to benefit society: this refers to any possible benefits for society that may result from the work should the new knowledge and understanding be applied. If the work does not tie to a specific area of application, or if any application is not expected to be put into application until a later time, the applicant must nevertheless give reason for the possible benefits of the work for society
- Originality in relation to the tradition of the subject: this relates to the extent to which the work is innovative and raises new questions or comes with new ideas that aim to make sense of or solve the challenges of the future.
The Environmental Advisory Board will make its decision in October 2019.
Costs Covered by the Travel Grant
The grant is for a trip within Sweden of which the purpose is to develop competence and understanding in terms of sustainable development in a broad sense: for example, to take part in a seminar, to go on a field trip or to attend a course. (Travel destinations outside Sweden may be considered after discussion with the Environmental Advisory Board.)
The grant can cover personal costs such as course fee, transport, accommodation and literature. To receive the grant, you must be clear in your entry that it will be used for study purposes related to sustainable development. The study trip must begin at the latest by 2020.
As recipient of the award, you must submit a report (maximum 1 A-4 page) to the Environmental Advisory Board at the latest six months after the study trip.