ICon Programme

January, 2017 to January, 2025
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The ICon Programme originates from long-lasting collaboration links between the SGroup network and its members with institutions located in strategic regions and is associated with the Think Tank Academy. Its aim is to promote, facilitate and/or strengthen collaboration between SGroup institutions and their overseas partners through a short mobility programme.


2022 Call

In 2022, as part of this mobility programme, administrative and academic staff of full-member universities of SGroup can apply for an SGroup scholarship to visit a partner institution of their choice outside Europe, including associate members.

The ICon Programme Guide 2022 containing the call, Application Form and all relevant information can be found here.

Applications are open from January to 31 May 2022 or until all grants have been distributed and will be judged with respect to eligibility and award criteria on a first-come first-served basis. The mobility must have a minimum of 5 working days (no maximum) and take place before 31 December 2022.

The application form and documents can be submitted by directly by the participant, but only after contacting the respective SGroup Liaison Officer of their university (list here).

10 grants of up to 1000€ are still available, distributed as follows:

  • 1 ICon Grant for Latin America;
  • 2 ICon Grants for China;
  • 2 ICon Grants for Africa;
  • 5 ICon Grants for Internal Networking (at associate members):
    - 1 for Shanghai International Studies University, China;
    - 1 for Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia;
    - 1 for the University of Los Andes, Colombia;
    - 1 for La Trobe University, Australia;
    - 1 for Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Even if all grants for a given region/associate member have been given out, we advise all interested candidates to send in their application as a redistribution might take place.
In case there are grants left once the application period is over, the ICon Selection Commitee will redistribute them among as in this process, the maximum number of grants per Think Tank region or host associate member does no longer apply. Thus, even if all grants for that region/member have been given out, the candidates for the same region/member, they may still get a grant. They will informed of this by June 17.


Grants awarded in 2022

ICon for International Networking:
From Universidad de León, Spain to Ohio State University, USA

ICon for Latin America:

- From Universidad de León, Spain, to Autonomous University of Mexico


Testimonials from previous participants (click on the names to read):