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Human Frontier Science Programme – Postdoctoral fellowships (2016 competition)

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Human Frontier Science Programme Organization (HFSPO)


The Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) supports innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems, with emphasis placed on novel approaches that cross disciplinary boundaries.
Biological research has become increasingly quantitative through the participation of scientists from biophysics, physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics and nanoscience. Such collaborations have led to new approaches for understanding the complex structures and regulatory networks that characterize the evolution and interactions of organisms and biological systems. Within this framework, HFSPO invites applications for its two international postdoctoral programs:
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.
The HFSP fellowship program funds innovative, ground-breaking projects that have the potential to advance knowledge in the applicants’ field of study or open a new approach to a research problem. High risk research is supported.
Proposals representing standard or incremental approaches, obvious next steps in the field or for the host laboratory (routine projects) are less likely to receive funding.
Indicators used by review committee member: Excellence of the applicant, Excellence of the proposed research, Excellence of the host lab environment


- Research doctorate (PhD) or equivalent conferred between 1 September 2012 and 27 August 2015 or must be conferred before 31 December 2016, but the fellowship cannot start before the PhD is officially conferred.
- 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.
- Applicants cannot have spent more than 12 months in the proposed host country as of the earliest start date of the fellowship (1 April 2016).
- Applicants cannot propose to take up the HFSP fellowship in the country where they obtained their PhD, even if the applicant is not a national of that country.
- Applicants cannot start to work in the proposed host institution or host country prior to 1 April 2015.
- A candidate cannot apply to go to the country in which he/she is national.
- Please check the full requirements on the guidelines attached


13 August 2015 (deadline for password registration and initiation of the online application) – 27 August 2015 (submission deadline)

IISPV Deadline

31 July 2015 (Please, contact upi@iispv.cat before that date)

Documents to be presented

The deadline for password registration and initiation of the online application is 13 August 2015. The deadline for submitting applications is 27 August 2015 at 1.00 p.m. CEST. Applications must be submitted via the HFSPO website, which will be open early July 2015 at https://extranet.hfsp.org.
The instructions are not already published, but, for reference, please check the last year Applicant Online Instructions (attached).
More information at: http://www.hfsp.org/funding/postdoctoral-fellowships


Depends on the host country, but includes living, child, parental leave, research and travel and relocation allowances.


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.


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