FELLOWSHIPS & Travel Support
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Please see the three sections, below.

1- SfN-IBRO INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FELLOWSHIPS: Travel Assistance to SfN Annual Meeting
The Society for Neuroscience, via the IAC-USNC, and IBRO supports a limited number of travel fellowships for young neuroscientists from developing nations to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Travel fellowships to the 33rd SfN Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 8-13, 2003 have been distributed among the less developed and less well-funded countries of five IBRO regions (Africa, Asia/Pacific, Central/Eastern Europe, Latin America, Western Europe). Recipients received complementary meeting registration and a travel stipend up to $1,500 to help defray travel costs to attend the meeting.  April 1, 2004 was the deadline for the Fall, 2004 Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, California, USA.

Eligibility: Nominees 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 their abstract submitted to SfN for a poster or a platform presentation.

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. Optionally, a brief statement may be attached noting any special reasons why attendance at the SfN annual meeting will aid the nominee's career development. Application materials should be submitted (preferably) electronically to no later than April 1, 2003. Hard copies are to be sent by regular mail or courier (no faxes, please) to:

IBRO Secretariat
51 Bd de Montmorency
75016 Paris

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.

If you are interested, please check with your IBRO Regional Committee for more information. If you missed the 2004 deadline, please consider applying for 2005.


The committee has fellowship support for students from developing nations accepted into the neuroscience-related summer courses at the Marine Biological Laboratory (http://www.mbl.edu) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor New York (http://www.cshl.edu).  Applicants should apply to MBL or CSHL directly and remember that acceptance is highly competitive. If you are interested, you should contact your IBRO regional committee for advice and assistance. Please see HERE for more detailed information about applying to both laboratories. NOTE: The deadline for many courses is Feb 1, 2005 for summer, 2005 courses.  Some application deadlines are later.  Check the MBL and CSHL websites for details.

Past awardees include:



IBRO's Western European Regional Committee (WERC) and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) are sponsoring a programme to help support young students from developing countries wishing to obtain a PhD or an equivalent degree in Neuroscience in a Western European university with excellent training qualifications. It is expected that these researchers will return to their home country where, after completion of training, they will contribute to the development of brain research.

The Programme will commence with three PhD Fellowships in 2003. Two years later, in 2005, and every two years thereafter a new series of candidates will be selected. A Fellow will receive a scholarship of 18,000-24,000 euros each year.


For further information and online application forms, visit the IBRO web site.


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