Deadline: 1 April 2013
Open to: registered graduate students in a FEBS country (see list HERE) seeking to work in a laboratory in a different FEBS country
FEBS is the Federation of the Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology active in more than 42 countries. FEBS seeks to promote, encourage and support biochemistry, molecular cell biology, molecular biophysics and related areas, particularly in Europe and neighbouring regions. FEBS also promotes scientific aid to disadvantaged economies, and action on education, women in science, science and society, and research funding.
Summer Fellowships are awarded to young promising students in a FEBS country wishing to gain practical scientific experience in an institution located in another country within the FEBS area. Applicants should normally be registered graduate students in a FEBS country who have not yet submitted a doctoral thesis. Applications from developing countries in the FEBS area of interest may be considered, but full funding of the travel costs may not be given.
Summer Fellowships are not awarded for attendance at courses, symposia, meetings or congresses. The Fellowship will consist of a single sum of money, the total amount of which will be determined by the FEBS Fellowships Committee, in consultation with the FEBS Treasurer. In 2011, it amounts to €3,500. The Fellowship should be used between July 1 and October 30.
In order to be eligible to apply for a Summer Fellowship, applicants need to be registered students in a FEBS country (see list HERE) seeking to work in a laboratory in a different FEBS country. They need not be members of a FEBS Constituent Society.
Applications should reach the Chairperson of the FEBS Fellowships Committee before 1 April 2013. Application Forms may be downloaded HERE.
Completed Application Forms written in English should be sent to the Chairperson of the FEBS Fellowships Committee together with the following documents in English:
- A short description of the work to be done on no more than two A-4 sized pages of single-spaced text giving the title of the project, clearly indicating the experiments to be carried out whilst at the host institute and setting out the benefits to be derived from the visit.
- A short curriculum vitae with a list of publications in the format of the references required by the FEBS Journal and a list of conference abstracts.
- A letter of acceptance from the appointed head of the host institute or department, countersigned by the head of the research group(s) in which the applicant will be working, confirming that the applicant will be accepted to work at the institute, that its facilities will be made available to him/her to pursue the training/research proposed and that it will not ask FEBS or the applicant for any additional research grant, bench fees, or overheads, and indicating any dates the applicant has already spent at the institute. This should be provided on the official form that may be downloaded here.
- A letter supporting the application from the institution where the applicant has worked or studied in the preceding year with an opinion on his/her practical skills, scientific curiosity and dedication, strong/weak points and degree of maturity. This should be provided on the official form that may be downloaded here, and is to be sent directly to the Chairperson of the Committee, independently of the other documents.
All the documents should be sent electronically, preferably as a single pdf file (excepting the support letter, which should be sent separately by the institution writing it). In addition, the original signed application form and the letter of acceptance should be sent in paper. Should difficulties arise in sending the documents electronically, the entire application can be sent in paper form.
Applications will be assessed by the Fellowships Committee and the decisions will normally be communicated to applicants by June 30th of the same year.