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

MBL & CSHL Summer CoursesCanadian School of Neuroscience | Allen Summer Workshop Travel GrantsDiversity Grants


Grant award: Up to USD 10,000

IBRO-USCRC provides fellowships for international students who are accepted into the eligible neuroscience-related summer courses at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Applicants should apply to MBL or CSHL directly. Please note that acceptance into these courses is highly competitive. 

These grants are an effort to enable the most meritorious alumni of IBRO Neuroscience Schools and other outstanding young scientists to gain "capstone" experiences in leading training programs. These experiences are intended to benefit scientists who will continue to study and work in less financially advantaged regions such as those in Latin America, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia/Pacific. (Please note - students from the US and Canada are not eligible for these fellowships.)

Applications should be submitted through the normal MBL and CSHL application mechanisms. The MBL or CSHL will inform students if they have been selected. No applications should be sent to IBRO or the USCRC directly. While not required, the USCRC does request that persons preparing their applications let the committee know they are applying (preferably in advance of the application deadline). Scientists who applied before but were not accepted might consider applying again as the application pool varies each year.

Frequently Asked Questions about USCRC grants for MBL and CSHL courses

Marine Biological Laboratory

More information about MBL courses included in this program is available at the MBL website under "Summer Courses" and "Special Topics Courses." Eligible MBL courses:

- Neural Systems and Behavior
- Neurobiology
- Methods in Computational Neuroscience
- Neuroinformatics

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

More information about the CSHL courses included in this program can be found on the CSHL website. Eligible CSHL courses:

- Advanced Techniques in Molecular Neuroscience
- Neurobiology of Drosophila
- Imaging Structure & Function in the Nervous System
- Ion Channel Physiology
- Circuits & Connectivity in the Vertebrate Brain

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IBRO-USCRC offers advanced neuroscience schools in Canada for young investigators, with priority given to IBRO alumni residing in Africa and Latin America. A special feature of the Canadian IBRO Schools is their integration with the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN). Travel, room and board for the students are covered.



Grant award: Up to €1,800

IBRO-USCRC provides travel grants for international researchers who are successfully accepted into the the Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain co-hosted by the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Computational Neuroscience Program at the University of Washington (UW). Interested candidates must apply directly to the Workshop, not to IBRO or IBRO-USCRC.

This annual summer workshop is directed by Drs. Christof Koch (Allen Institute) and Adrienne Fairhall (UW). The intensive two-week, project-based interdisciplinary course aims to give advanced students in neuroscience, biology, physics, engineering and computer science a rapid introduction to the current state of understanding of the neurobiology of sensory processing, including anatomy, physiology and neural coding.

If accepted, other costs such as conference fees, housing and meals during the workshop are covered by the local organizers. 

Location: Friday Harbor, Washington, USA



Grant award: Up to €1,000

IBRO-USCRC provides diversity grants for activities or events taking place in the US/Canada region 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.