Closed | 11 September – 11 October |

The IBRO Rising Stars Awards aim to increase the successful transition and retention of diverse, early career neuroscientists into academic positions by providing funds to make a significant difference in their research endeavors.

The award supports the research needs of  early career faculty from diverse and/or underrepresented backgrounds (racial/ethnic minorities, sexual orientiation, disability, etc) and early career faculty who do not have substantial start-up funds or grant support from other agencies.

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants should be within the first five years of their initial faculty appointment and starting their first independent laboratory in 2024.
  • Proposal indicating how funds will be spent and their significance to the project(s). Funds cannot be used for travel or conference-related expenses
  • A minimum of one letter of reference and a letter of support from the university or departmental chair

Fellowship Specifications:

  • Preference will be given to those who have not previously received, nor expect to receive, substantial support from other sources
  • Applicants who can use IBRO funding to leverage matching funds from other sources will be viewed favourably
  • The institution must agree that no indirect costs/overheads will be charged
  • The required funding report should be submitted one year following receipt of the award
  •  Funds will transferred according to an 80:20 format, meaning 80% of the grant will be awarded in advance, and the remaining 20% upon completion and submission of the associated grant report

Regional Eligibility Requirements:

Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin-America

    Preference will be given to applicants who have developed a successful career in a high/upper- middle income country and have taken up academic positions in their home country. The Rising Stars Awards replaces what was previously known as the Return Home Fellowships.

    US/Canada

    Applicants must currently hold academic positions within the US or Canada.

    Applications dates:

    11 September – 11 October 2023

    Maximum grant amounts:

    Asia Pacific and Africa: 15,000 EUR

    Latin America: 20,000 EUR

    US/Canada: 45,000 EUR

    Apply HERE

    For any queries, please contact programs@ibro.org