The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Mosaic grant to three talented graduates of a non-Dutch background from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The young budding researchers can use this funding to conduct PhD research for four years.
The winners of a Mosaic grant are ambitious young scientists. Many of them have already won awards during their studies or have co-authored scientific publications. In total, 156 students and graduates responded to a call for research proposals. The best candidates were invited to NWO workshops, and to further develop their research ideas and present their proposals to a selection committee. Finally, 19 of the 44 full proposals were awarded a subsidy.
Each candidate receives 200,000 euro for PhD research. This amount is financed jointly by the NWO and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
About the Mosaic grant
The NWO conceived the Mosaic grant to help representatives of ethnic minorities into the world of science and doctoral research. The NWO hopes that candidates rewarded with this grant will remain active in the Dutch academic world well into the future and that they will serve as an example to others.
- Monika Kackovic (Economics) - What makes an artist?
Monika Kackovic is studying the impact of quality signals in art sales, career development and peer review of visual artists. She distinguishes between different types of signals - prices, reviews, exhibitions, grants, affiliates - and different types of collectors - museums, corporate collections and private collections- in order to study combinations and sequences of quality signals and herd behaviour among collectors.
- Sizar Kamar (Medicine) - New method for recovery of the retina
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is an umbrella term for a group of inherited eye diseases whereby the photoreceptor layer of the retina loses its function and the patient progressively turns blind. Sizar Kamar is studying a new method (optogenetics) to restore the function of the degenerated photoreceptor layer of the retina.
- Emil Mihaylov (Economics) - Production in a globalising world: a new golden age for a trading nation?
In this era of globalisation, the production chain is being divided into more and more parts and an increasing number of businesses are moving their goods production and programming work to low-wage countries. Emil Mihaylov is examining the implications for wages, employment opportunities and prosperity in low- and high-wage countries.