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They are going on research adventures abroad

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Photo: Nick Fewings/Unsplash

Three travel grant applications from SWEAH PhD-students have been approved this spring.

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Sharon Kagwa. Photo: Private

Sharon Kagwa, Karolinska Institutet, will visit to the non-governmental organisation SAJIDA foundation in Bangladesh, in June- August this summer.

– I am mostly looking forward to being exposed to new research methodologies and perspectives within a new research setting in a middle-income country. This internship will provide me the opportunity to collaborate on a joint publication in my ongoing project “Use of mHealth to support family caregivers to persons with dementia” with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, says Sharon Kagwa.

During her internship she will also contribute to the foundations ongoing research project on the implementation of "iSupport", a skills and training program for formal and informal caregivers of persons with dementia.

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Giorgi Beridze. Photo: Private

Also Giorgi Beridze from Karolinska Institutet is heading off to School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health, University of Glasgow in Scotland, in September-November this year.

– I look forward to lear about new methods that are relevant to my research and exploring all that Scotland, and rest of UK, has to offer. The opportunity to go abroad will shake up the usual work routine, broaden my skillset and knowledge, make new academic connections and come back to Sweden with novel research ideas and methods, says Giorgi Beridze.


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Isabelle von Saenger. Photo: Johan Holmberg

lsabelle von Saenger, from the same university will visit the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University, USA, in December.  

– I'm excited to share my research and hear feedback from colleagues with different viewpoints. I'm also looking forward to learning from their research, work atmosphere, and how they collaborate.  I'm especially interested in seeing how junior researchers connect and work together, and I hope to share some insights from my experiences with SWEAH, she says.

– Exploring beyond one's usual environment can offer a fresh perspective and distance from one's own work. So I hope this change of scenery will be a great productivity boost during my last year as a PhD student, says Isabelle von Saenger.

They all hope to get inspired for future research projects and potential collaborations. All trips will be presented in a forthcoming meeting for SWEAH PhD students.

Next call for travel grants will be in autumn 2024, by end of September.