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7 PhD Student Fellowships for Research Topics in Various Fields in Natural and Life Sciences, JSMC, Germany

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. It conceptionally unites different research areas (microbial communities, interactions with plant, animal and human hosts, and environmental interactions) into a comprehensive picture of microbial communication ( JSMC is an ambitious Graduate School with over 150 PhD students who are educated in a structured, interdisciplinary training program based on top-level fundamental research. Five faculties of Friedrich Schiller University Jena, six non-university research institutes as well as 13 partner companies are participating in this cutting-edge research and training program that includes an innovative PhD program, career development, and intensive sociocultural care. Three existing Research Training Groups and 12 other cooperative research projects collaborate in integrating novel research areas to achieve a complete view of microbial communication.

The Graduate School of Excellence ‘JSMC’ invites applications for

7 PhD Student Fellowships for research topics in various fields in Natural and Life Sciences

We expect:
• a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural Sciences (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biomedical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, etc.). Candidates about to obtain their degree are welcome to apply.
• high motivation and interest in joining one of the interdisciplinary research areas of the JSMC
• creativity and interest in shaping your own thesis project
• an integrative and cooperative personality
• very good communication skills in English (the language of instruction at the JSMC)

We offer:
• a highly communicative atmosphere within a scientific network providing top-level research conditions
• a PhD stipend paid for three years according to the rules of the DFG (German Research Foundation) as well as generous research funding
• a comprehensive mentoring program with efficient supervision by a team of supervisors
• a top-level PhD training program with courses in state-of-the-art research technologies and soft skills
• Jena – the German City of Science 2008: a young and lively town with dynamic business activities, successful scientific centers of innovation and a vibrant cultural scene around the famous Friedrich Schiller University

Scholarship Application Deadline:29 April 2011

Further Scholarship Information and Application

International Student Research Fellowships, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA

HHMI’s new fellowship program supports outstanding international predoctoral students studying in the United States who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies.

HHMI will award three-year fellowships to international students to support years three, four, and five of a Ph.D. program. Eligible fields include biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, even plant biology—as well as interdisciplinary research.

HHMI expects to fund up to 40 fellowships for the 2011-2012 academic year. Each fellow will receive an annual stipend of $30,000, plus an educational allowance.

Nomination Process and Eligibility:

  • HHMI has designated selected U.S. institutions to nominate students to participate in the fellowship competition. Only these institutions are eligible to nominate students for this competition. (See PDF list of designated institutions below.)
  • Only students nominated by their host institutions can apply for the fellowship.

To be nominated for the fellowship competition:

  • Students cannot be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Students must be in the 2nd or 3rd year of a Ph.D. program in the biomedical or related sciences at a designated nominating institution.
  • Students must have entered a laboratory in which they will conduct their dissertation research.
  • Students in the 1st, 4th, or 5th year of their Ph.D. program are NOT eligible for nomination.

To activate the fellowship:

  • Students must be in the 3rd or 4th year of a Ph.D. program in the biomedical or related sciences at a designated nominating institution.
  • Students in their 1st, 2nd, or 5th year of their Ph.D. program cannot activate the fellowship.
  • In no case will support past year 5 of the Ph.D. program be provided.

Important Dates:

  • Institutional nomination deadline: December 1, 2010
  • Application deadline: February 16, 2011
  • Award notification: May 2011
  • Fellowships begin: September 1, 2011

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