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    Applications open for the IBRO-ISN Fellowships Program 2018

    Gijs Kooij, a neuroscientist at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, was awarded an IBRO/ISN 2016 Research Fellowship to perform research as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA.


    The International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and the International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN) are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the joint IBRO-ISN Fellowships Program. This new program aims to provide increased research opportunities for neuroscientists and support the global advancement of neuroscience research.

    A total of 8 fellowships is available (4 funded by IBRO and 4 funded by ISN). Applications from candidates who have completed their Ph.D. within the past seven years are preferred. Personal circumstances such as parental leave or military service may also be considered.

    There is only one application to complete. Those awarded fellowships from ISN must be ISN members. If an awardee is not an ISN member, they will be required to become a member if they are awarded a research fellowship.

    *Please note: ISN membership is initially at no cost for new members. The first two calendar years (year of application and subsequent year) are free of charge.

    Location: host laboratories may be located in any country without restriction

    Length of stay: one year, non-renewable

    Amount: up to 35,000 Euros. The World Bank Atlas method will be used to rank countries and identify low-income, lower-middle income, and upper-middle income economies. Applicants from these countries are preferable but not exclusive. Those from high-income countries currently experiencing decreased support for research will also be considered.

    Funds from an IBRO-ISN Fellowship are meant to cover living expenses and should not be spent on administrative costs of a research institution/university or research materials.  Qualified candidates will not yet have begun working at the laboratory where he/she is applying for the research fellowship at the time the application is submitted. The program generally does not allow duplicate funding. If simultaneous financial support from another source is offered, approval is required from the IBRO Secretariat.

    Application requirements:

    • Project proposal (1-2 pages)
    • A letter of acceptance from the proposed supervisor (host scientist) indicating they are willing to accept the candidate and agree on the proposed project. The letter should also comment on how the proposed project could be integrated into the laboratory’s research program.
    • Two letters of reference are required, one of which should be from the current supervisor.
    • If available, evidence of an offer that the applicant will have a position to return to in his/her home country after the fellowship. 

    Application deadline: June 18, 2017 (11:59 p.m. CET)

    Apply here.