The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) is pleased to announce the names of the recipients of HFSP international postdoctoral fellowships for 2015 following a rigorous selection process in a global competition. A total of 788 applications were received in this round from applicants originating from 61 different countries.
HFSP postdoctoral fellowships are given to young scientists within three years of the Ph.D. degree who wish to broaden their training in a laboratory in another country. This year, 75 fellowships have been awarded. Of these, 66 are Long-Term Fellowships for life scientists planning to extend their expertise into another field of biology and 9 are Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships for young scientists with Ph.D. degrees in physics, chemistry, computer science or engineering. The latter are particularly special as they link the life sciences with neighboring disciplines thus pushing the use of quantitative approaches in modern biology.
In 2015, HFSP fellowships support young scientists of 23 different nationalities. Applicants from Israel, Germany, China and the USA were the most successful; new awards will also support young scientists from non-member countries such as Argentina, China, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, Uruguay and for the first time Indonesia.
HFSP's fellowships enjoy an excellent reputation and offer a built in return component. Starting in their second year of tenure, HFSP fellows can draw up plans for setting up their own independent laboratory. Fellows can then use the remaining time of their tenure to move to the new location. A fellowship is worth about $180,000 spread over three years and includes support for research costs and child care.
The Human Frontier Science Program is an international program of research support implemented by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) based in Strasbourg, France. Its aims are to promote intercontinental collaboration and training in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research focused on the life sciences. HFSPO receives financial support from the governments or research councils of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, the UK, the USA, as well as from the European Union.