Application period: Wednesday, 1 December 2021 – Tuesday, 22 February 2022, 23:59 (CET).

The Young Investigator Training Programme is organised by the French Neuroscience Society (Société des Neurosciences) Host Society Committee (HSC) and sponsored by IBRO-PERC.

It consists of 2-3 week placements in host laboratories around France prior to the FENS Forum in Paris. As part of the programme, the selected researchers will have the opportunity to work within defined research environments in France in order to get familiarised with different facilities and techniques in neuroscience, as well as expanding their research network. Full information about the programme can be found below.

YITP for FENS 2022

The French Neuroscience Society (Société des Neurosciences) Host Society Committee (HSC) is pleased to announce the IBRO-PERC-sponsored Young Investigator Training Programme (YITP).

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from around the world can apply to visit and work in a host laboratory in France for 2-3 weeks preceeding the FENS2022 Forum in Paris. Host labs are located throughout France, and those ECRs selected to undertake these placements will receive up to €1000 courtesy of IBRO-PERC to help cover costs of the visit.

What is the Young Investigator Training Programme, YITP?

The YITP provides an opportunity for ambitious, talented ECRs to undertake research projects for 2-3 weeks preceding the FENS Forum. Research projects are short, focused, and provide training and networking opportunities for future exchanges. The successful applicants will meet with senior and junior scientists in the host lab, learn new techniques and data analysis pipelines, possibly establish collaborations, as well as experience a different working culture. This program facilitates opportunities for ECRs wishing to advance their careers by experiencing a different research environment.

Funding for the YITP is provided by IBRO

The International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) is generously funding the YITP.

IBRO is a global federation of neuroscience organizations that aims to promote and support neuroscience around the world through training, teaching, research, outreach and engagement activities, and the publication of two journals: Neurosciencand IBRO Reports. IBRO has partnerships with like-minded scientific societies and organizations to identify priorities and help bridge gaps in knowledge, investment and resources in the field of brain research.

Amount of Grant Award

Awards of up to €1000 will be made available to successful applicants.

Awards are need-based, meaning the amount requested (up to €1000) must be justified. Successful applicants will be asked to provide original invoices and a letter summarizing the expenses incurred.

The award may be used to cover travel expenses within France and other costs associated with visiting the host laboratory.

Location of available placements

Click here to discover the laboratories offering to host a YITP placement. Host labs are located throughout France.

Eligibility for YITP

  • Applicants must be Early Career Researchers (ECRs).
  • ECRs are defined as:
    • Postgraduate students undertaking MSc, MD, PhD or assistant/trainee clinical psychologist studies. A valid student/trainee enrolment form (or letter on official letterhead) is required to prove eligibility. Applicant name, institution name, and enrolment status must be indicated.
    • Researchers within the first five years of completing their highest degree (e.g. BSc, MSc, MD, PhD or other professional doctorate) or, for clinical psychologists, the first five years after starting work as a clinical psychologist. Copy or photograph of diploma (or letter on official letterhead) is required to prove eligibility. Applicant name, institution name, and graduation date must be indicated. This five-year period will be extended in case of maternity leave or other justifiable leaves of absence.
  • Applicants must not be currently working in a laboratory in France. French nationals not based at institutions in France may apply if they have been working outside of France for at least 18 months.
  • Applicants must have a first author abstract submitted to FENS 2022.
  • Applicants must be registered to attend FENS 2022.

Required documents

  • Proof of ECR status
  • Registration confirmation and abstract submitted for FENS Forum 2022
  • Curriculum vitae, maximum 2 pages, including education and degrees earned, current research projects/techniques used, publications/abstracts/presentations, and any other relevant information.
  • A recommendation letter from a current supervisor indicating name, affiliation, contact details.
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Deadline to submit is Tuesday, 22 February 2022, 23:59 (CET).