The European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) is offering postdoctoral research fellowship exchange programme for young neuroscientists to facilitate their conduct of and training in basic, clinical or applied research related to multiple sclerosis (MS). Generally, a maximum of two fellowships will be awarded for 1 or 2 years each year. The fellowship will provide an annual stipend of €50,000 for all fellows. The application deadline is 1 December 2013.
Study Subject(s): Applicants pursuing a research fellowship experience in any MS-related research topic (basic, applied or clinical, in any relevant specialty area) will be considered.
Course Level: These postdoctoral fellowships are awarded to conduct research in a European laboratory or clinic.
Scholarship Provider: The European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS)
Scholarship can be taken at: Europe
-Scientists and physicians who hold or are candidates for an MD, PhD. ScD or equivalent professional degree is eligible.
-Candidates must have received their advanced degree(s) prior to initiation of the fellowship.
-More senior candidates may have no more than 5 years of postdoctoral experience beyond their final degree (PhD, MD, ScD or equivalent) at the time of application.
-In general, successful applicants should be less than 40 years of age at the time of application; exceptions under special circumstances will be considered.
-Only candidates who are citizens of countries that are members of ECTRIMS or citizens of countries in the European geographic area who wish to spend their fellowship period in a European laboratory or clinic will be eligible to apply.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Students of EU (Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia (Slovak Republic), Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UK and Vatican City) can apply for the fellowships.
Scholarship Description: ECTRIMS offers a postdoctoral research fellowship exchange programme for young neuroscientists to facilitate their conduct of and training in basic, clinical or applied research related to multiple sclerosis (MS). The goal of the programme is to maximize the exchange of information and to help grow the pool of well-trained research scientists focused on problems in MS. Past fellows have worked with a spectrum of basic and clinical research areas in labs throughout Europe. Generally, a maximum of two fellowships will be awarded each year.
Number of award(s): Generally, a maximum of two fellowships will be awarded each year.
Duration of award(s): Fellowships of 1 or 2 years duration will be available. Fellowships of shorter duration than 1 year will be considered only under special circumstances which must be detailed in the application process. In most circumstances, fellowships will be initiated to coincide with the fall academic year initiation. The fellowship must be initiated (all paperwork submitted to the administrator; move to training venue complete; work actively beginning) within 6 months of the receipt of an award letter from ECTRIMS or within 6 months of the completion of the doctoral degree for fellows who apply for and receive an ECTRIMS fellowship while still pursuing their doctoral degree. Any exceptions of this must be approved by the ECTRIMS fellowship program.
What does it cover?
-The fellowship will provide an annual stipend of €50,000 for all fellows.
-Payment will be made annually to the host institution, which will be considered the employer of the fellow. Salaries will be paid by the host institution to the fellow according to the institution’s own payment policies and schedules.
-The stipend is intended to provide living wages to the fellow; no cost-of-living increase is anticipated in a second year of a two-year fellowship period.
-Healthcare benefits and other benefits are expected to be provided by the host institution.
-It is expected that the actual research to be undertaken at the host institution will be supported by the host institution/mentor.
-No additional support for travel, books, journal subscriptions, etc. will be provided.
-Fellows will be expected to attend annual ECTRIMS Congresses during the term of their fellowship and to make a presentation (at a young researcher’s section or elsewhere) on their funded research. ECTRIMS will separately support travel and accommodations for Congress participation.
ECTRIMS Research Fellowships will be awarded in a competitive review process conducted by members of the ECTRIMS Research Fellowship Review Committee. Applications will be evaluated based on the:
-candidate qualifications, educational history and evaluation of career plans
-qualifications and characteristics of the proposed fellowship mentor and host institution
-the proposed research plan, including an assessment of the scientific quality, innovation, perceived feasibility, quality of letters of endorsement from the proposed mentor and from referees at the fellow’s home institution, etc.
Notification: The ECTRIMS Fellowship Review Committee will review all proposals during the early winter of each year; notification of the review outcomes will be made by March 15 of each year, to facilitate logistics involved in relocation by the following fall of each academic year.
How to Apply: Part 1:
-A completed on-line application, available from the ECTRIMS Fellowship Administrator (fellowship-at-ectrims.eu) or the ECTRIMS web site.
-A complete curriculum vitae plus bibliography of the applicant
-A research project description, to be no longer than 6 pages long, including figures, tables and references.
-The following additional items must be submitted electronically to fellowship-at-ectrims.eu by 1 December. These should be submitted as confidential documents and should NOT be submitted with the materials requested in Part 1. Please be sure to ask referees to clearly identify the NAME of the applicant on all pages of his/her letters.
-Letter of endorsement of the proposed mentor, with special reference to interactions he/she has had with the proposed fellow and to the proposed research plan. A current curriculum vitae and full bibliography for the proposed mentor should be included.
-Letter of support from the department chair (or other relevant institutional official) at the proposed host institution accepting the proposed fellow, should a fellowship be awarded.
-Up to three letters of reference from professionals acquainted with the proposed fellow, from his/her home institution or elsewhere, that addresses the fellow’s qualities and likelihood for success in a research and/or clinical career. One of these letters should be submitted from the degree mentor for the proposed fellow.
-If applicable, a letter from the home institution indicating that the fellow will be welcomed back to the institution and the nature of the position that will be available, once the fellowship period has been concluded.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 1 December 2013.