DION call for grant applications 2019

DION is happy to announce a new round of support grants for educational or social activities for our members at NTNU! All PhD candidates, Postdocs and other temporary scientific employees at any NTNU campuses are eligible to apply for a grant (up to 2500 NOK) to cover expenses related to organizing activities that create opportunities for PhD students and post-docs to network, learn, and enrich their experience. Please note that Master degree students are NOT eligible.

DION will give preference to applications which are targeted towards an open audience. Applications for the exclusive benefit of one department or faculty will still be accepted but applications that are accessible for all DION members will be prioritized.

This year, we also decided to give preference to applications addressing the topics of “parenthood” (for example by making the event explicitly family friendly, by organizing an event around the topic of parenthood during PhD/ post-doc, etc.) or “mental health“. We also highly encourage those interested to apply as a group, although grant applications by individuals remain welcome.


  1. The deadline for sending the application is 23:59 CET 01 October, 2019. Applications will be evaluated by DION board members. You can apply via the application form filling out all mandatory fields and sending it to post@dion.ntnu.no
  2. Funding should be used by the end of January 2020
  3. The organizers are expected initially to cover the costs of the event and then seek reimbursement of the costs from DION. No a priori funding is given. Please note that the receipts and all reimbursement documents should be submitted to DION at the LATEST two weeks after the event, but before the end of January, 2020 – whichever comes first. Otherwise, reimbursement of the costs is not guaranteed.
  4. In case of approval of the grant, the organizers should promote DION by making it a co-host of the Facebook event, and allowing a DION board member to attend the event for promotion purposes. A DION board member will be assigned to each approved application, and the organizers will liaise with them about the event.
  5. Please note that the maximum amount DION can reimburse is 2500 (two thousand and five hundred) NOK. If overall cost of the event exceeds 2500 NOK, it is organizer’s sole responsibility to get extra funding from other sources. Any requests for more than 2500 NOK from DION will be automatically declined.

Last year’s successful grant applicants were (these are just examples – you are not requested to organize a similar, or a follow-up project):

  • Randomized Coffee Trials
  • PhD and Postdoc Choir
  • Smart City Day
  • OK Computer: Being a researcher in the digital era
  • How to pitch your research “story” to a non-academic audience
  • Laser tag in Gjøvik
  • Stoic Principles for a Healthy Academic Life


We are looking forward to your applications!

Temporary employment at NTNU – tips and tricks of the trade (29th May)

Tekna NTNU and DION invite all PhD candidates, postdocs and others with a temporary employment at NTNU in Gjøvik to a free seminar. We will enlighten you on all the tips and tricks of being employed here at NTNU, the benefits and challenges.

When: 29th May (Wednesday)

Time: 11am – 1pm

Where: K102, Ntnu Gjøvik

There will be time for discussion, and the seminar is open to everyone.

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Any questions, requests, ideas, or feedback for DION? This is a great opportunity to meet a DION board member and discuss in person.

Binding registration is required! Please register here: https://www.tekna.no/en/events/temporary-employment-at-ntnu–tips-and-tricks-of-the-trade–iv-faculty-38127/Enroll/

Follow the facebook event for more updates!

Congrats to the new elected DION Board 2019/2020

Congrats to Angelina Penner for becoming DION President 2019/2020!

PhD Candidate

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture
Faculty of Humanities

Congrats to the elected DION Board members:

Elodie Besnier

PhD candidate, SU-ISS

Davit Gigilashvili

PhD Candidate
Department of Computer Science Gjøvik

Lisa Tietze

PhD Candidate
Department of Biotechnology and Food Science

Mattia Veroni

PhD candidate
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology

Erland Årstøl

Phd candidate
Department of Biotechnology and Food Science

Masab Khalid Annaqeeb

PhD Candidate
Department of Energy and Process Engineering

Tor Anders Bye

Department of Sociology and Political Science


Election Procedures for DION 2019/2020

All PhD students, post-docs, and temporary scientific employees are eligible to run for a DION board position! DION Board elections will take place at our 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM), 25th April at R2 Realfagbygget (Trondheim). 

The DION Board consists of 5 to 8 members, including DION president, who serve for 12 months (until spring 2020). DION is the only organization at NTNU which represents PhDs and post-docs from across the university. We hold monthly board meetings and discuss wide-ranging questions we receive from PhD students, post-docs, institutes, and the NTNU Board. This is an opportunity influence the work situation of the academic temporary staff, and get insight into how the university works. DION is invited to various university events throughout the year and presents at faculties’ introduction seminars for new PhD students. We therefore strive to have the broadest range of disciplines represented on the board to bring diverse perspectives to our discussions. We also serve as an important social arena, and hold event targeted at different groups throughout year.  

As a compensation for this work, board members receive one month of paid extension of the PhD (or one month paid duty work), and the DION president receives two months.  

What is needed from the candidates: 

  • All candidates must be employed at NTNU as a temporary scientific employee (such as PhD student and Post-doc) and have a contract for at least until spring 2020;  
  • For the president position, Norwegian proficiency is required. 

Election Procedures for DION 2019/2020

The Board election takes place during the Annual General Meeting and opens on April 25th after candidates have presented themselves. Final deadline for voting is same day, April 25th, minimum 60 minutes after opening. Board members are compensated and elected for one year at the time.

Cast your vote in the electronic election system Valg Web: https://innsida.ntnu.no/valg

To be elected: Temporary scientific employees (1 president + up to 7 board members) 

How to become a candidate

Send your short application including name, affiliation short bio and motivation (1 page max) to post@dion.ntnu.no if you’d like to join next year’s DION Board preferably in advance of the AGMand and up to time before the announcement of the candidates during the AGM. Alternatively, contact the board at the beginning of the AGM (before the announcement of the candidates). You’re welcome to contact us to post@dion.ntnu.no if you have any questions about joining the Board. 

At the AGM, candidates will have the opportunity to present themselves. Candidates for board will have 1 minute to present, candidates for president 2 minutes.

If you cannot be physically present at the AGM, you could send a short video (1-2 min max) motivating your election as a board member.

Voting procedures:

You can vote for up to one candidate for president and up to seven for board members.

The voting will be done in accordance in NTNU voting system (Valg Web).

The votes are weighted by dividing the total of Number 1 rankings by 1, the total of Number 2 rankings by 3, the total of Number 3 rankings by 5, the total number of Number 4 rankings by 7, etc.

The total of the weighted numbers of votes determines who is elected as a member.

In case of tie for the position of president or board member, a new round(s) of election is(are) done between those candidates until one gets elected.

According to the DION Statutes (p. 2.4), it is a goal of the organization to achieve a good diversity and gender balance between members of the board if possible.

Candidates (in order of application):

For more information about the candidates please see this page:

Candidates 2019

For President:

contact post@dion.ntnu.no if you would like to be the DION president!

For DION Board:

Rouzbeh Keihani

Elodie Besnier

Davit Gigilashvili

Angelina Penner

Lisa Tietze