IUBMB Mid-Career Research Fellowships

This Fellowship programme was established in response to an increased demand for further training of mid-career biochemists in the Developing World. These are short-term fellowships (1 to 2 months) to enable researchers to work in an established laboratory to learn state-of-the-art techniques that are not readily available in their own countries.

Guidelines for the IUBMB Mid-Career Research Fellowships


The Mid-Career Research Fellowships are designed to support young biochemists and molecular biologists, from countries that have Adhering or Associate Adhering Bodies of IUBMB, who need to travel to other laboratories in the IUBMB region for the purpose of learning new state-of-the-art techniques or for other forms of scientific collaboration or advanced training.

Conditions of Fellowships

The Fellowships will be awarded for travel lasting 1 – 2 months. The fellowship is intended to cover travel and incidental costs, as well as living expenses, to a maximum of US$ 5,000. The following conditions shall apply:

  1. The Fellowship will cover the cheapest airfare available and reasonable accommodation costs.
  2. The Fellowship will not cover insurance or research expenses at the host laboratory.
  3. Applicants are required to make a full declaration to IUBMB of all other support received in connection with the proposed visit.
  4. A Fellowship cannot be used to supplement scientific visits otherwise already fully covered from other sources.
  5. Fellowships will not be awarded to attend courses, symposia, meetings or congresses.
  6. Applicants must be residents of countries that are members of the IUBMB.
  7. Applicants should hold a faculty position and be actively involved in the training of PhD students.
  8. Retrospective applications to fund an already completed visit will not be considered.
  9. Travel should commence within three months of the award being made.


Applications shall consist of the following:

  1. A letter of motivation explaining why it is necessary to travel to a particular laboratory to conduct the experiments rather than to perform them in the applicant’s own laboratory or simply to ship the materials.
  2. A research proposal of no more than 5 pages clearly and concisely indicating the nature of the project and the work to be performed, including the timeframe for execution of the work.
  3. A comprehensive budget indicating all costs and all other sources of support, indicating whether they are already awarded or applied for. Documentation should include a quote provided by a travel agent and be based on the costs of the cheapest flight available. The type of flight (e.g. Apex, Super-Apex, student fare) should be stated.
  4. A complete curriculum vitae of the applicant listing all publications.
  5. A letter of acceptance from the Head of the host institute, countersigned by the leader of the group in which the applicant will work, stating that the institute will host the applicant. This letter should also give an indication of the living expenses for the duration of the visit and what contribution, if any, the host institution will make towards these costs
  6. A list of publications by the direct host during the past five years.
  7. A letter of recommendation from the Head of the department of the applicant’s home institution indicating the reasons why the Fellowship would be beneficial. This letter should also list all other Fellowships previously received by the applicant, especially for travel abroad to attend meetings or to study at another institution.

All documents should be sent as e-mail attachments (Word file or pdf); no printed applications should be sent in the regular mail.

Application Deadlines

The deadlines for receipt of applications are April 1st (for travel in July – December the same year) and October 1st (for travel in January – June the following year). Late applications will not be considered


A comprehensive report outlining the work done in the host institution should be submitted to the Chair of the Committee no later than three months after completion of the visit. The report should clearly indicate the work done in terms of the original proposal in the application and should be countersigned by the Head of the host laboratory. The Head of the host laboratory will be required to provide a confidential report on the productivity of the Fellow during the visit.

Acknowledgment of receipt of the Fellowship should be made in any publication(s) that arise(s) as a result of the visit.

Addresses of the Members of the Mid-Career Fellowships Committee

Dr. Janet Macaulay, Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Biomedical Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Phone: +61 3 9905 3730
e-mail: janet.macaulay@monash.edu

Dr. Ilona Concha, Institute of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Universidad Austral de Chile
Valdivia, Chile
e-mail: conchagrabinger@uach.cl

Prof. Khalid Fares, University Cadi Ayyad, Faculty of Sciences
Semlalia, B. P. 2390, 40000
Marrakech, Morocco

Dr. J. R. Sotelo, Dept. of Proteins & Nucleic Acids, Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable
Av. Italia 3318, C.P. 11600
Montevideo, Uruguay

Dr. Richard Berry, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Monash University
Melbourne, Australia