Open | course dependent |

The US/Canada Regional Committee offers fellowships to go towards the costs to attend advanced neuroscience courses at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). This program for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows training in neuroscience in the US and Canada, aims to increase diversity in neuroscience in the region, by providing trainees with access to cutting-edge research approaches in contemporary neuroscience. 

About the Program

The MBL offers a range of courses, workshops, conferences, and internships throughout the year. Central to the MBL’s identity are its more than 20 advanced, discovery-based research courses. The focus of these world-famous, graduate-level courses ranges from physiology, embryology, neurobiology, and microbiology to imaging and computation integrated with biological research.

Each year, MBL courses attract about 500 of the best students in the world, from (in 2023) 270 institutions and 60 countries. Course directors and faculty are leaders in their fields, drawn from (in 2023) 247 leading universities and research institutions from 22 countries. The courses also benefit from MBL partnerships with many commercial developers and vendors, who bring the very latest technology in advanced imaging and other scientific equipment to the MBL each year.

Application deadlines: Course dependent. Please refer to the individual course deadlines.

Grant amount:
up to 9,625 EUR

Questions about fellowship eligibility may be addressed to:

Dr. Michela Fagiolini at

For all other queries, please contact

Who Can Apply?

We are looking for talented graduate students or postdoctoral fellows who have a keen desire to pursue careers in research.

American applicants: must currently be training in US-based minority-serving institutions (MSIs). Preference will be given to diverse individuals, as defined by the National Institutes of Health (e.g., African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities).

Canadian applicants: preference will be given to those in non-U15 Universities and trainees belonging to underrepresented groups (First Nations and other Indigenous communities in Canada, women, and persons with disabilities).

How to Apply?

Interested postgraduate students or postdoctoral fellows should submit applications directly to the courses of interest. Evaluation of applications and offers of admission to courses are made by the course leaders. Accepted candidates with the backgrounds mentioned above will be automatically considered for an IBRO fellowship.

Eligible Courses

Neural Systems and Behavior
1 June –  28 July 2024
Deadline: 3 January 2024

Neurobiology: Mechanisms & Advanced Approaches
2 June – 13 July 2024
Deadline: 3 January 2024

Methods in Computational Neuroscience
24 July – 20 August 2024
Deadline: 28 February 2024