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FEBS Bursaries

FEBS bursaries are awards funded by FEBS to help early-career researchers from outside the host country participate in a FEBS Congress when submitting an abstract to the event as first author. For the 43rd FEBS Congress, FEBS bursaries will cover the early registration fee for such scientists, and make a contribution of €400 towards travel/accommodation (up to €650 in total; see further notes at the end of this page). 

As set out below, FEBS bursaries are for early-career FEBS members (1) studying for a PhD in a FEBS country, or (2) working as a postdoctoral scientist in a FEBS country, or (3) working elsewhere after obtaining their PhD in a FEBS country. A 'FEBS member' is a member of one of the national biochemical and molecular biology societies that make up FEBS (its Constituent Societies); a 'FEBS country' is a country where there is a FEBS Constituent Society.

Eligibility criteria

FEBS bursary applicants should

  • Be submitting an abstract to the Congress as first author
  • Be a registered PhD student or within 5 years of receiving a PhD
  • Be, or have been, a PhD student at an institution of higher learning in a country where there is a FEBS Constituent Society, or be working as a postdoctoral scientist in such a country*
  • Be a member of a FEBS Constituent Society
  • Be travelling to the Congress from outside the host country (FEBS bursaries are not available to scientists resident in the country in which the Congress is taking place)
  • Not have received an award from the FEBS Youth Travel Fund to attend a FEBS Advanced Course in the same year as the Congress, nor a FEBS Congress Bursary for the previous year’s Congress (42nd FEBS Congress in Jerusalem)

*Under exceptional circumstances and on a case-by case basis decided by merit, FEBS may support scientists studying or working in countries within the FEBS area of interest (Europe and bordering countries) that do not currently have a FEBS Constituent Society.

How to apply

Applications for FEBS bursaries for the 43rd FEBS Congress must be made through the Congress registration system before the bursary deadline of March 8th, 2018.

(1) Select the Young Scientist participant type (or, if applicable, Young Scientist – FEBS Sprinzl category)
(2) Click yes to the question in the registration form about applying for a FEBS bursary
(3) Upload the following documents as a single pdf:

  • Proof of Status: PhD student or post-doctoral scientist within 5 years of receiving a PhD
  • Proof of current FEBS Constituent Society membership (scanned copy of current membership certificate/letter from your FEBS Constituent Society)
  • Curriculum Vitae, prepared using the FEBS 2018 CV template (link)
  • Letter of Motivation, describing reasons why you would benefit from attending the FEBS Congress, in not more than 300 words
  • Proof of Age (for Young Scientist registration): a scanned copy of ID showing date of birth (and any additional supporting docs for over 35s with special circumstances)

(4) Submit your abstract as first author
(5) Complete your registration order including payment of the registration fee by March 8th, 2018.

Assessment and notification

Abstracts submitted with eligible FEBS bursary applications will be assessed by the Congress Organizing Committee for scientific quality; in addition, CVs and letters of motivation will be considered.

The outcome of the bursary application will be notified via e-mail by April 5th, 2018.

FEBS is supplying funding for over 200 bursaries for the 43rd FEBS Congress. Unsuccessful bursary candidates who are unable to attend the Congress without this bursary support can request refund of the registration fee from the Congress Secretariat if necessary, according to the Congress's cancellation policy. A further option relevant to unsuccessful bursary applicants who applied from the FEBS Sprinzl scheme can be found here.

The FEBS Bursary award value and reimbursement

The FEBS Bursary will cover the early registration fee for the participant categories ‘Young Scientist’ (€250) or, where applicable, the ‘Young Scientist – FEBS Sprinzl’ (€125). In addition, the FEBS Bursary will make a contribution of €400 towards travel and accommodation.

Delegates awarded FEBS bursaries will be reimbursed after the Congress by bank transfer from FEBS; more details will be sent by FEBS Treasury after the notification from the Congress Organizers that you have been awarded a FEBS bursary. Note that awardees have to appear in person and provide ID for check-in at the Congress venue for verification of attendance.

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