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FELLOWSHIPS & Travel Support
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1- SfN-IBRO INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FELLOWSHIPS: Travel Assistance to SfN Annual Meeting in the U.S.
The Society for Neuroscience, via the IAC-USNC, and IBRO support a limited number of travel fellowships for young neuroscientists from the less developed and less well-funded countries of five IBRO regions (Africa, Asia/Pacific, Central/Eastern Europe, Latin America, Western Europe) to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.  Recipients receive complementary meeting registration and a travel stipend of $2000 to help defray travel costs to attend the meeting.  Note that this fellowship is not available to candidates from USA/Canada Region.

The 2009 SfN annual meeting will take place in Chicago, Illinois, US on Oct. 17-21.  The travel fellowships deadline is March 1, 2009. If you miss the deadline for the 2009 meeting, please consider applying for the 2010 meeting in San Diego, California, USA, Nov. 13-17.

Eligibility: Applicants must be from a developing country, be less than 35 years of age, and be first author of an abstract to be presented at the annual meeting. The applicant must provide a copy of the abstract that they submitted to SfN for a poster or a platform presentation.  The abstract can be entered in the online form.

Application: All applicants are required to submit a complete application form accompanied by a copy of the abstract to be submitted for the annual meeting. The application form is available on the IBRO website: click here. To complete the application form, the applicant must first be an IBRO member.  Many members of regional neuroscience societies are IBRO members -- check the IBRO website to see if you already are a member. 

Selection: The IBRO Fellowships and Travel Grants Committee will review all application materials for merit, and awardees will be notified in June.

Mentoring: Each designated fellow will be asked to identify a senior member of the SfN (plus 2 alternative choices) with whom he/she would like to speak at the annual meeting. The SfN central office will contact the chosen senior member, and ask that the member arrange meetings with the fellow, for example at a designated poster.

The committee has fellowship support for students from developing nations who are accepted into the neuroscience-related summer courses at the Marine Biological Laboratory ( in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor New York (  Applicants should apply to MBL or CSHL directly and remember that acceptance is highly competitive. If you are interested, you should read our MBL/CSHL fellowship page and then contact your IBRO regional committee for advice and assistance. Contact information for IBRO regional committee representatives can be found on the IBRO website.

The deadline for many courses is Feb 1, 2009, for summer (N. hemisphere) of 2009.  Some application deadlines are later. 


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