COST Action 15130: Study Abroad Research in European Perspective


Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

Call for applications


Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. STSMs will contribute to the scientific objectives of this COST Action, while allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and / or methods not available in their own institutions.


STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow, or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an Institution of legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. Applications from Early Career Investigators are especially encouraged. The institutions / organisations where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as Home Institutions. The Host Institution is the institution / organisation that will host the successful applicant.


The following table shows the scenarios available to eligible STSM applicants:

Home Institution Host Institution
From a participating COST country To another participating COST country
To an approved NNC institution
To an approved IPC institution
To an approved EC / EU agency / an approved European RTD organisation or an approved international organisation
From an approved NNC country To a participating COST country
From an approved European RTD organisation To a participating COST country


Information on participating COST countries in this Action is available at

Eligible STSM applicants can submit their STSM applications online at

Applicants may be Management Committee members and participants in this COST Action. Applications are also welcome from eligible applicants who are not currently participants in the Action, in which case they should contact the COST Action Chair, Dr Martin Howard for information on joining the Action, email: Information about the Action is available at


The evaluation of each received STSM application is performed by the COST Action STSM Committee.


STSMs must respect the following criteria:

  1. They must have a minimum duration of 5 days.
  2. They must have a maximum duration of 90 days.
  3. STSMs must be carried out within a single grant period of the Action, i.e. between 1 May and 30 April of the following year.


STSM grantees must make their own arrangements for all provisions related to personal security, health, taxation, social security and pension matters.


STSM Financial Support

The calculation of the financial contribution of each STSM must adhere to COST rules on eligible expenses for financial reimbursement, and respect the following criteria:

  • Up to a maximum of €2,500 in total can be afforded to each successful STSM applicant;
  • Up to a maximum of €160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses.


The STSM Committee can approve lower country rates to cover accommodation and meal expenses based on the perceived cost of living in the host country.


Once the STSM has been completed, the Grantee must submit a scientific report to the STSM Coordinator and to the Host Institution. Payment of the Grant is subject to the scientific report being approved by the STSM Committee and a senior researcher affiliated to the Host Institution.


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and may therefore be made at any time by submitting an application online at It is advisable to make applications early in the Grant Period year which runs from 1 May to 30 April of the following year.


Selection Criteria

Awards are subject to the Action’s budget during each grant period. Applications are restricted to the global thematic remit of the Action in relation to Study Abroad research in its broadest sense, while also taking account of the thematic foci of the Action’s Working Groups in the areas of Methods and measures of input and second language development; Linguistic and cognitive factors impacting language development; Integration and social networks in residence abroad; Individual differences in study abroad outcomes; Interculturality and diversities in stays abroad.


Applications will be assessed in relation to the overall quality of the application; the innovative nature of the applicant’s research agenda within which the STSM is situated; the contribution that the STSM will make to the completion of the applicant’s research programme, the potential for ongoing collaboration; and the proposed outcomes of the STSM.



For further information, please contact the Action’s STSM Coordinator, Katerina Kanellopoulou