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IMPRS-UFAST PhD Scholarship Programme, Germany: ultrafast imaging with a view to exploring structural changes of atoms, molecules, condensed, biological, or warm dense matter on femtosecond time scales.

IMPRS-UFAST is a PhD programme which offers unique training opportunities in the field of ultrafast imaging with a view to exploring structural changes of atoms, molecules, condensed, biological, or warm dense matter on femtosecond time scales. Students work and research alongside an international and interdisciplinary team of experts with access to first-class research facilities and whilst obtaining a PhD degree. Our mission is to enable young scientists to achieve their full potential through supervised thesis research complemented by a multifaceted programme of lectures, interactive workshops and advanced courses. The duration of the programme is 3 years.
IMPRS-UFAST students normally graduate from the programme with a doctorate (Dr. rer. Nat, the German equivalent to a PhD) which is awarded by the University of Hamburg. The language of instruction is English and the Research School strives to attract a diversity of talented students from around the world. Funding in form of stipends and PhD contracts is available. Applicants will hold or are about to receive an MSc, a German “Diplom” or an equivalent degree in an area relevant to the programme. Please apply online under . The programme starts in October 2011.The IMPRS-UFAST is a collaboration of the Max Planck Society, the University of Hamburg, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), and European XFEL GmbH. The location of the School is Hamburg, Germany.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 10 April 2011

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Margdarshi Fellowships for Researchers in India: Biomedical Research

This scheme is for scientific leaders who already head a research laboratory, and wish to relocate from their current institution (in India or overseas) to a non-profit research Institute in India.
The Fellowship is for five years, and provides:

* Generous personal support for the Fellow
* Salary support for research personnel, which may include Assistant Professors
* Equipment and consumables
* Funds for travel to attend scientific meetings, collaborative travel and to organize meetings.
* Overheads for the host Institution

Detailed budgets are not required at the time of application. However, if short-listed for interview, the India Alliance will seek a detailed justified budget both from the applicant and the sponsor.


The underlying philosophy in launching this fellowship is to facilitate global standards of scientific excellence in non-profit research institutes across India. Therefore, it is mandatory for interested applicants to relocate with a vision to lead a vibrant group of young scientists and collaborators.

Applicants should have demonstrated strong scientific leadership as independent investigators. In addition to significant contributions in research, applicants should have mentored young scientists and students, attracted extra mural funds from peer-reviewed competitive sources, established collaborations, successfully initiated programmes of advanced scientific research and importantly, maintained high ethical standards. Applicants would have to detail the reasons for leaving their current institution and how the proposed relocation will augment their scientific activities.

There is no age-limit to apply for this Fellowship. Applicants would normally be expected to be running an independent laboratory for 10 years or more. As an exception, for the first round of this competition, applicants who have already relocated, but after May 2010 will be eligible to apply.


It is mandatory to have an eligible sponsoring host institution in India and an eligible Sponsor from this institution, at the time of applying.

The Sponsor is expected to hold a senior administrative position (for e.g., Directors/ HoD) at the host Institution and would have to fill a separate form. The form aims to understand how the applicant’s research interests and scientific leadership will enhance the research programme at the host institute as well as the type of support and commitment the host Institution is willing to make if the Fellowship were to be awarded.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 1 May 2011

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CRP – ICGEB Research Grant 2011 for Applicants from Developing Countries: basic sciences, human healthcare, industrial and agricultural biotechnology and environmental bioremediation.

The Collaborative Research Programme (CRP) – ICGEB Research Grants is a unique source of funding aimed at financing those projects addressing original scientific questions that show a potential contribution of particular relevance for the applicant’s country. The programme was established in 1988 with the specific aim to:
-stimulate collaborative research in Member States;
-promote training of young scientists;
-facilitate the creation of appropriate research facilities in promising Institutes.
The programme provides support for research projects in many fields of basic sciences, human healthcare, industrial and agricultural biotechnology and environmental bioremediation.
Applicants for research grant proposals (identified as “CRPs”) should hold positions at Universities or Research Institutes in any of the Member States listed in the Annex A. The maximum number of project proposals that may be submitted by each country is three (3) and Liaison Officers are requested to submit to ICGEB, on or before the closing date, a final list summarising their
endorsed proposals.
Project proposals must be submitted by the Principal Investigator (PI) in English, in original with one double-sided copy, duly endorsed by the ICGEB Liaison Officer (see Form A for name and full postal
coordinates). Forms submitted without the necessary signatures and endorsement will not be considered. Active collaboration with ICGEB Research Groups is welcome but it is not mandatory to apply for funding. Investigating groups do not qualify for submission of applications:
– if previously awarded projects have not been evaluated and satisfactorily concluded;
-if the University or Research Institute of the PI is based in Italy or India.

Scholarship Application Deadline:
31 March 2011: Suggested deadline for submission to the ICGEB Liaison Officers for endorsement.
30 April 2011: Endorsed applications to be submitted to ICGEB – Office of the Director-General,

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