Guidelines for FEBS Collaborative Experimental Scholarships for Central & Eastern Europe
To be read in conjunction with the General Guidelines for Fellowships.
- These scholarships are restricted to students engaged in research for a doctoral thesis in the currently depressed economies of Central and Eastern Europe. Eligible countries are: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. In addition, lesser developed regions of Russia may be considered on a case by case basis; however, applications from the regions of Moscow and St Petersburg will not normally be considered. The aim of the Scholarships is to support short visits to well-funded laboratories in Western Europe for the purpose of carrying out experimental procedures that would be impossible in the students’ home countries because of lack of resources.
- These Scholarships are for short-term visits (normally not longer than two or three months), for the purpose of scientific collaboration, advanced training or employing techniques not available at the usual place of work.
- Scholarships are not awarded for attendance at courses, symposia, meetings or congresses.
- Scholarships are intended to cover subsistence and travel costs for the student only; expenses incurred by dependants are not provided for. The daily subsistence allowance, which in 2017 amounts to €60 per day, will be reviewed and adjusted annually by the FEBS Fellowships Committee, in consultation with the FEBS Treasurer. Travel costs will provide for a second-class rail fare or an economy flight between the place of residence and the host laboratory.
- Applications may be made at any time, but an application should reach the Chairperson of the FEBS Fellowships Committee at least two months before the proposed starting date. Retrospective applications cannot be considered.
- Application Forms may be downloaded from the right of this page (Related Documents).
Completed Application Forms written in English and should be sent to the Chairperson of the FEBS Fellowships Committee together with the following documents in English:
a. An outline of the research proposal on no more than two A4-sized pages of single-spaced text set out under the following headings:
i. title (or prospective title) of the PhD thesis;
ii. nature of the work and outline of the experiments proposed;
iii. how this complements the objectives of the thesis;
iv. why it is necessary to travel to a laboratory in another country to perform the work;
v. why the particular laboratory has been selected, including a list of relevant publications (up to five) from the host laboratory;
vi. why the project will require the time period requested.
b. 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.c. 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 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 from the right of this page (Related Documents).
d. Letter of reference from two different referees, namely:i. the student’s doctoral research supervisor confirming the need for the proposed experiments and the fact that they cannot be carried out in the home country;
ii. an experienced scientist and university teacher who can assess the applicant’s abilities and potential as a research scientist and does not work at the host institute.
Both letters should be written on headed paper of the referee’s institution and sent directly to the Chairperson of the FEBS Fellowships Committee, independently of the other documents.
e. A letter from the appropriate FEBS Constituent Society confirming that the applicant is a member and indicating the date on which the applicant jointed the Society.f. An estimate of the cost of return travel, in EUR, provided by a travel agent, between the place of residence and the host laboratory.
All the documents should be sent electronically, preferably as a single pdf file (excepting the reference letters, which should be sent separately by the scientists writing them). 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.
- The Scholarship should be taken up within six months of its award. Any delay will require the authorization of the Chairperson of the FEBS Fellowships Committee.
- Within three months of completion of the Scholarship, Scholarship Holders must send electronically a short report detailing the work done while in receipt of the Scholarship to the Chairperson of the FEBS Fellowships Committee. The FEBS Collaborative Experimental Scholarship should be acknowledged in any work published relating to the project funded and one reprint of each article should be sent in electronic form to the Chairperson of the Fellowships Committee.
- It is expected that there will not normally be more than two visits, at least one year apart, during the period of research for a thesis. Students who have been in receipt of a FEBS Summer Fellowship and fulfil the requirements of the Scholarship Scheme may be eligible to one further visit to a Western laboratory, but may not apply for a Scholarship before at least one year after completion of their Summer Fellowship.