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Research Fellowships

You will find below general information on the IBRO Research Fellowships. Please click here to access currently open applications.

International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) offers research fellowships that aim to provide increased research opportunities for neuroscientists and support the global advancement of neuroscience research.  These fellowships intend to foster neuroscience research in less scientifically funded countries by providing support to excellent scientists from diverse geographic and scientific areas that wish to broaden the scope of their neuroscience training by working in first-class laboratories.

Three one-year fellowships are available. Applications from candidates who have completed their Ph.D. within the past three years and do not have postdoctoral experience are preferred.Scientists aged 35 or younger are eligible to apply. Personal circumstances such as parental leave or military service may also be considered. 

There is only one application to complete. Requests for applications will take place once per year.

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

Length of stay: one year, non-renewable

Amountup to 37,000 Euros. The World Bank Atlas method is 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 Research Fellowship should be used for travel and salary, not for research hardware, software or laboratory supplies and other indirect costs (such as administrative costs of a research institution or university). 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:

1. Project proposal: 1-2 pages (The proposed project should be different to the one undertaken at the home institution, as the fellowship should be used primarily to acquire a new skill.)

2. 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.

3. Two letters of reference are required, one of which should be from the current supervisor. 

4. 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 DeadlineMid-June

The online application opens approximately one month prior to deadline, closing at Midnight CET of the deadline date. There is only one application to complete. The Fellowships Committee will select the winner of each named fellowship from among all the applicants of the IBRO Research Fellowships Program.