Fully-funded Teacher Training Courses in March/April 2012

The European Hands-On Universe (EU-HOU) project is offering new 5-day training sessions on 'Bringing Frontline interactive astronomy to the classroom' and 2-day seminars on radio astronomy to all interested teachers.

The dates and links to more information on these courses can be found on this page : http://www.euhou.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=237&Itemid=184

If you are a teacher from the UK, you can apply to the British Council for funding to attend these courses/seminars. The funding will cover everything - course cost, accommodation, subsistence and travel.

If you are a teacher from outside the UK you can apply for funding from your Comenius National Agency.

Application Deadline


The deadline for applying for funding from the British Council to attend a course/seminar in March or April 2012 is 2nd December 2011 (this is an extension to the previous deadline). Below are the steps you should take in order to apply for the course.

Steps for applying

1. For the 5-day astronomy workshops: Pre-register on the EU-HOU website (http://www.euhou.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=237&Itemid=184) by filling out the pre-registration form and emailing it to EUHOU at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the 2-day radio astronomy seminars: Pre-register on the EU-HOU website (http://www.euhou.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=237&Itemid=184) by filling out the pre-registration form and emailing it to EUHOU at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. After filling in the form on there and emailing it to the correct address given above, you then have to go to the following page on the British Council website to apply for a grant to fund the trip:

http://www.britishcouncil.org/comenius-applications-forms-and-guidance.htm

The best place to start is by downloading the guidance notes -
 
3. From the table, choose the 'Application guidance for 2nd December 2011 deadline' for the In-Service Training activity - this will help guide you through how to fill out the application, and also recommends which sections of the document you *should* read through before applying, and which sections you can miss out (as they seem to realise there's a lot of info in there!). 

YOU SHOULD READ THROUGH THE FIRST PAGE OF THIS DOCUMENT AS IT TELLS YOU HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION GIVEN THAT THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED.
 
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The application form that you need for the In-Service Training (IST) is linked from the above page also - you need to submit the application both online and by post by the deadline which is December 2nd for the March/April workshops. The reference code for the EUHOU training course can be found from the EU-HOU link.

5. How much money to ask for:

The whole cost of the course is given on the Comenius page - it's 750 Euros for the registration fee, so when you apply for the grant, you should include that in the form.

But - you should also apply for money to cover accommodation and subsistence - normally, the British Council will give you a set amount per day (this appears on the form when you select UK as your country). It's approx. 150-200 euros per day. You have to book and pay for your accommodation (with the grant), so you could choose a very cheap place to stay, and any money granted to you for accomm and subsistence, you keep (i.e. you don't have to give back if you dont spend it).

The max amount of money you can ask for is 2000 euros for a 1 week course (to cover course fees, accom, subsistence and travel). They recommend that you ask for the max amount as an estimate of your costs, as you can't increase what you want after you've bought your tickets etc.

It should all work out that your school would not have to pay extra, as you should get enough money to cover everything you need.

Further help

If you have questions, you can either contact Sarah Roberts (UK EUHOU coordinator) on sarah.roberts "at" faulkes-telescope.com or the British Council at: us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0161 957 7755