Long-Term and Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships: for worldwide students

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    HFSP fellowships are for three years. Fellows may choose to stay for up to three years in the host country or use the last year of their fellowship to return to their home country or to move to another HFSPO member country.
    Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline, who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous Ph.D. or postdoctoral work.
    Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. from outside the life sciences (e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences), who have had limited exposure to biology during their previous training.


    1) A candidate who is not a national from one of the supporting countries (see list below) may apply to work only in a research institution in one of the supporting countries. A candidate who is a national of one of the supporting countries can apply to work in a research institution in any country. HFSPO supporting country.
    2) A research doctorate (Ph.D.) or a doctoral-level degree comparable to a Ph.D. with equivalent experience in basic research (e.g. a research based M.D. or medical Ph.D.) must be conferred# by the start of the fellowship. It is not required at the time of submission. By “conferred degree” we mean you have received your diploma for the degree. The “conferral date” is the date on the official Ph.D. document.
    3) Applicants must have at least one lead author research paper - either accepted for publication, in press or published - in an international peer-reviewed journal by 27 August 2015 in order to be eligible to apply. The applicant must either be the single author, first author or joint first author. In a joint first author paper the applicant may be listed in second place, however the equal contribution of the first two authors must be clearly stated. In some cases the standard publication practice makes first authorship impossible (e.g. alphabetical listing of authors); these circumstances must be explained in the “Additional Comments” section of the application.
    All papers must be written in English. Publications in other languages are not taken into account, nor are review articles or patents. Electronic copies of lead author publications must be uploaded while preparing the application.
    They cannot be uploaded after the applicant has submitted.


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    • Financial support, depending on the country in which research is conducted (in Germany: between 40,200.00 and 43,800.00 EUR per year).

    • Family allowances

    • Material, travel and book allowance

    • Health insurance

    • Language course
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