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Research Fellowships

The International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and the International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN) offer a joint research fellowship program that aims to provide increased research opportunities for neuroscientists and support the global advancement of neuroscience research.

A total of 8 fellowships are available (4 funded by IBRO and 4 funded by ISN). Applications from candidates who have completed their PhD 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

Amountup to 35,000 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-ISN Fellowship should not be spent on 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. Applicants coming from the United States and Canada will not be considered. 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 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.