Researchers & coordinators – The Junior Researchers Project - University of Copenhagen

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Information for researchers & coordinators

During the Junior Researchers Project the participants prepare their own research project and gain insight into their field and the world of research by obtaining support for their project from actual university researchers. The project has existed since 1998 and is funded by the Ministry for Children and Education and the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Higher Education.

The Junior Researchers Project is a competition that runs throughout most of a calendar year. The project covers all areas of research from humanities to science and is divided into four categories: Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Health Sciences.
Every year in December a student from each of the four categories is announced the winner and is awarded 20,000 dkkr to carry out his or her project.

Download information letter for English speaking researchers.

The research contact's role

All the junior researchers must find a research contact who can help them during the process of preparing the project. The work with the researcher takes place from around the beginning of May until hand-in in late October.

A contact researcher will advice the junior researcher on choice of relevant literature, the approach to the project’s theme, identifying the research problem and the like.

The contact generally comprise of two personal meetings and a number of e-mails and/ or telephone calls. It is good idea to match the expectations for the degree of contact before beginning the collaboration. The process is individual in each case.

Students' research projects

The junior researcher must prepare a project proposal for an original research project of approximately 5 pages. In the proposal the project's problem is described using relevant argumentation, theory, literature, description of empirical data and process.

Guidance for the students

Students also receive help from a local high school coordinator who is invited to assist students in finding a relevant researcher to supervise the project. Each high school coordinator is in close contact with "his" junior researchers throughout the entire process. During the project period the junior researchers take part in two major seminars which will further prepare the students to work academically with their projects.