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You will find below general information on programs supported by the IBRO Asia Pacific Regional Committee (IBRO-APRC). If you are interested in applying to one of them, please click here to access currently open applications.

Exchange Fellowships | IBRO Travel and Short Stay GrantsSchoolsLecturer Exchange ProgramDiversity GrantsGlobal Advocacy



Grant amount: Up to 8,500 USD*

The IBRO-APRC Exchange Fellowship enables high-quality junior scientists at the level of postdoctoral fellow or junior faculty (under age 45) from diverse geographic and scientific areas to broaden the scope of their training in neuroscience by working 4-6 months abroad in established laboratories. Senior PhD students with a good publication record and strong justification for the exchange program are also considered. 

Both the applicant and the host laboratory must be within the Asia-Pacific Region.

Selection criteria include academic credentials of the applicant and the host, as well as the quality of the research proposal with a structured research plan. Priority is given to applicants from less developed and less well-funded countries. Strong justification must be made by the applicant that he/she will return home after the exchange, bringing with them new knowledge and skills to advance neuroscience in their home countries.

*The award may vary depending on the country in which the successful candidate works. The grant is used along with matching funds from the host laboratory to defray the cost of travel and to subsidize living costs.



Grant amount: 500-2,500 USD

Applications are invited from eligible candidates to attend a meeting held by a neuroscience society of an APRC country outside the APRC country they are currently working in. The society organizing the meeting has to be a national society member of IBRO in the APRC region. The applicant should also arrange a lab visit of a minimum 2 weeks to any lab willing to host them that would be beneficial to their research. The award is for a combination of the scientific meeting and the lab visit and must include both components.

The total budget requested from IBRO-APRC should be in the range of USD 500- 2,500. These funds can be used for the following expenses: Round trip travel to the society’s meeting, Accommodation during the meeting, Local travel (ground or air as appropriate) between the society meeting and the laboratory, Accommodation and meals during the lab visit may be covered partially within the budget limit.

Please Note:only applicants currently residing in an APRC country are eligible to apply.



Grant amount: Up to 20,000-40,000 USD

IBRO-APRC accepts proposals for IBRO-APRC Schools, Associate Schools and Advanced Schools from IBRO-APRC and Federation of Asian-Oceanian Neuroscience Societies (FAONS) members as well as other Asia-Pacific neuroscience organizations. This is part of a structured 3-tier program that provides different learning platforms for young neuroscientists at different stages of their career. Round-trip tickets, accommodation and meals during the schools are to be provided to students. See below for descriptions of each school category.

Up to 40,000 USD are allocated to each IBRO School and IBRO Advanced School on the condition that organizers can provide matching funds from local sources with which they can manage the school smoothly. In the case of Associate Schools, up to 20,000 USD is allocated and providing matching local funding is not a requirement. All proposals are evaluated by IBRO-APRC and then a selection of the top proposals are incorporated into the regional budget plan prepared by IBRO-APRC to be considered by IBRO leadership in the fall of each year. We thereforecannot guarantee final approval immediately after selection. The application format is flexible, but it should be concise (within 2 pages). The proposals should be sent to IBRO-APRC Chair Prof. Bong-Kiun Kaang at


- Each Associate School accommodates 20–40 students, who are mostly domestic (but may include some international students from other APRC countries).
- A schedule of no fewer than 5 days is expected.
- Each consists of lectures, group discussion (with computer search for relevant articles). Experimental components are not mandatory.
- Students are MBBS, MSc and Ph.D. students.


- Each School accommodates around 20-30 students for lectures, tutorials, and laboratory projects. At least half of the students should be international.
- A schedule of 2 weeks is expected.
- Students are senior Ph.D. students and postdocs who have had adequate exposure to at least one research technique during their graduate studies.
- Applicants are expected to have at least one publication.
- Students will have hands-on experience in well-defined laboratory projects.
- Students are expected to acquire knowledge of both theoretical and technological advances in key areas of neuroscience research.
- Student presentations are made at the end.


- Each Advanced School accommodates around 10 students. At least half of the students should be international.
- A schedule of 10 days or longer is expected.
- Small student-teacher ratio catering to in-depth interaction.
- The host laboratory (or laboratories) should have the most advanced technologies, which have been demonstrated by publications.
- Lectures, seminars and problem-based learning on the design of research projects. Laboratory works should be emphasized. Students make presentations at the end.
- To provide additional intellectual exposure to senior postdocs and junior faculty who have good research training and good publication records.



Grant amount: Up to 2,000 USD per person

The IBRO-APRC Lecturer Exchange Program supports trips for those who will attend meetings of APRC member societies from other APRC countries to make plenary, special lectures or presentations in symposia. The invited speakers must be Principal Investigators no older than age 45 at the time of the meeting. This helps annual meetings of member societies become more international and core researchers in member societies gain greater exposure to wider communities. Host societies must send proposals to IBRO-APRC Chair, Prof. Bong-Kiun Kaang at



Grant amount: Up to €1,000 per proposal

IBRO-APRC awards individual APRC member societies with diversity grants for activities or events that promote diversity and/or the participation of women in neuroscience. The successful society is required to send a program, a report on the proceedings and the numbers and proportions of female plenary lecturers, symposium speakers, session chairs and participants in the meeting after the event has ended. 

Proposals should include information about the meeting and a description of how the assigned budget will be used.

Please send inquiries and proposals to IBRO-APRC Chair, Bong-Kiun Kaang, at



Grant Amount: Up to €5,000

IBRO-APRC awards global advocacy seed grants to support neuroscience societies, groups and organizations in the Asia-Pacific region that would like to conduct advocacy events and activities in their local areas. Up to €5,000 is awarded to each successful proposal. The events and activities should address the specific needs of neuroscience advocacy in the country where they are being held. They can include public lectures, brain awareness fairs, conferences, educational symposia for policymakers, educators and the public, videos or multimedia products to increase awareness, etc. Please note that Global Advocacy Seed Grants are NOT for Research Projects or Fellowships.