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Fellowships 2021

With the aim of promoting and allowing young and talented researchers to do great science, IBSA Foundation offers 6 fellowships of € 30,000 in the following research fields: dermatology, endocrinology, fertility and urology, orthopaedics and rheumatology, pain medicine and for the 2021 special edition “regenerative medicine”


Applicants of any nationality must be under 40 years old on the deadline for the submission of proposals.

They must have a degree in medicine, biology, pharmacy, biotechnology or bioengineering. Open to PhD students, PhD, Post-Doc and residents. Permanent positions such as Professors cannot apply.

For the entire duration of the grant, applicants must be active in the Host Institution, i.e. a research organization (such as universities, hospitals or other research centres), irrespective of its legal status (organized under public or private law), whose primary goal is to independently conduct non-economic biomedical research and to disseminate its results.

Application Procedure

Applicants are invited to submit their proposals no later than the 31st of December 2021 on the dedicated platform (link) and shall provide the following additional documents as separate files:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of PubMed publications (max.5) of the past five years
  • Cover letter of a short self-presentation

Applications and supporting documentation are only accepted via the online application system.

2021 Call

Download the 2021 Call


Applications are open until 31st of December 2021


Selection Process

Proposals are evaluated by the Scientific Board of the Foundation through a peer review process. The Board will make its final decision after having considered the recommendations of the Board. Award decisions are final.

Applicants are promptly informed as soon as a decision is reached, normally within two months from the deadline. The award is assigned only after presentation of the acceptance letter by the Host Institution, which should be sent to the IBSA Foundation within one week of the communication.      

Award winners are invited to attend a private ceremony that will take place in the first quarter of 2022, usually at the IBSA Foundation Headquarters in Lugano (Switzerland).  

Travel costs and a one-night accommodation will be covered.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the project to be developed in the host laboratory (Feasibility - Originality - Scientific value);
  • CV of the candidate with particular emphasis on the research
  • Appropriateness of the host laboratory for the proposed research

The projects of applicants, who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution different from the laboratory of origin receive an additional 10% scoring value by the Scientific Board. 

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The budget (before taxes and duties) includes funding for salary and mobility costs, and is intended to cover the cost of living for 12 months. The fellowship is compatible with other awards and can be used to increase the salary. 

Bench fees, overheads, funds for consumables or any other financial benefits for the host supervisor/the receiving institute are not covered

Projects must start by 2022 and fellowship holders cannot move the beginning of the fellowship to the following year.

The salary rate depends on the country being visited and may be subject to taxation. The IBSA Foundation cannot advise on respective national tax regulations and we recommend fellowship winners to contact the relevant authorities in the host country. 

Payment Instalments 

The grant will be paid in two instalments directly into the bank account (IBAN) indicated by the candidate. Written confirmation of the start date by the host supervisor is mandatory. A first instalment of 50% will be paid before the start of the project and the second instalment of 50% by the end of the year 2022.  

Acknowledgements & Responsibilities

Publications related to the research awarded should acknowledge our support in the acknowledgement section of the manuscript and should read “IBSA Foundation for scientific research”.

Each publication, press release or any other document or media communication citing results from the research carried out during the fellowship appointment must include an acknowledgement reading “IBSA Foundation for scientific research”.

Every year winners are required to reply to the survey mailed by the IBSA Foundation. The reply is mandatory, as well as the prompt notification of any changes of e-mail and phone number details.