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Early-career researchers submitting an abstract to the 41st FEBS Congress may be eligible to apply for financial assistance for participation in the event through one of the two Congress bursary schemes: FEBS bursaries (for FEBS members travelling to the Congress from countries other than Turkey); and Turkish Biochemical Society (TBS) bursaries for scientists in Turkey. Full eligibility criteria for each bursary type are given below.

FEBS Bursaries

FEBS bursaries are awards funded by FEBS to help early-career researchers from outside the host country participate in a FEBS Congress when submitting an abstract to the event as first author. For the 41st FEBS Congress, standard FEBS bursaries will cover the 'Young scientist' early bird registration fee of €250, and make a €150 contribution towards travel/accommodation (€400 in total). In addition, increased FEBS bursaries of 600 (with 350 towards travel/accommodation) have recently been approved by the FEBS Finance Committee for successful applicants from the following countries: Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia & Ukraine. 

As set out below, FEBS bursaries are for early-career FEBS members studying for a PhD in a FEBS country, working as a postdoctoral scientist in a FEBS country, or working elsewhere after obtaining their PhD in a FEBS country. A 'FEBS member' is a member of one of the national biochemical and molecular biology societies that make up FEBS (its Constituent Societies); a 'FEBS country' is a country where there is a FEBS Constituent Society.


Eligibility Criteria

FEBS bursary applicants should:

  • Be submitting an abstract to the Congress as first author
  • Be a registered PhD student or within 5 years of receiving a PhD
  • Be, or have been, a PhD student at an institution of higher learning in a country where there is a FEBS Constituent Society, or be working as a postdoctoral scientist in such a country*
  • Be a member of a FEBS Constituent Society
  • Be travelling to the Congress from outside the host country (FEBS bursaries are not available to scientists resident in the country in which the Congress is taking place)
  • Not have received an award from the FEBS Youth Travel Fund to attend a FEBS Advanced Course in the current year

*Exceptions may be made for strong candidates studying or working in countries within the FEBS area of interest that do not currently have a FEBS Constituent Society (currently: Belarus and north African countries).

How to Apply

Applications for FEBS bursaries for the 41st FEBS Congress must be made through the Congress registration system before the final extended bursary deadline of June 03, 2016.  Applicants are expected to select the 'Young scientist' participant type and must pay the registration fee (at the early bird rate). An abstract must be submitted as first author, the bursary application box on the registration form should be ticked, and the following documents need to be uploaded as a single pdf:

  • Proof of Status: PhD student or post-doctoral scientist within 5 years of receiving a PhD
  • Society Membership: proof of FEBS Constituent Society membership
  • Curriculum Vitae, describing studies and work/research experience in no more than 600 words, highlighting: 1. Position; 2. University Degree; 3. Publications; 4. Congresses & Courses (including poster and/or oral communications); 5. Awarded Grants and Fellowships
  • Personal Statement, describing reasons why the applicant would benefit from attending the FEBS Congress, not more than 300 words
The outcome of the bursary application will be notified via e-mail. Awardees will be reimbursed after the Congress by bank transfer; more details will be sent with the notification. Note that awardees have to appear in person and provide ID for check-in at the Congress venue for verification of attendance. Unsuccessful bursary candidates can request reimbursement of the registration fee if necessary, according to the Congress's cancellation policy.

Turkish Biochemical Society (TBS) Bursaries

In order to assist participation of young Turkish scientists in the 41st FEBS Congress, a limited number of bursaries will be contributed by the Turkish Biochemical Society for scientists aged below 35 years old. The bursary will cover the 'Young scientist' Turkey/TBS early bird registration fee of €125.

Eligibility Criteria

TBS bursary applicants should:

  • Be a Turkish Citizen
  • Be an active member of TBS (No document is required to prove the TBS membership, as the evaluation of the TBS bursaries will directly be made by TBS)
  • Be below the age of 35 (ID is required for application)
  • Be an active post graduate, doctorate or residency student 
  • Submit an abstract to FEBS 2016
  • Be the presenting author of the submitted abstract 
  • Applicants’ abstracts must be submitted by the final extended abstract submission deadline of June 03, 2016

N.B.: Applicants should not be getting other funding or a bursary from any other source.


How to Apply

Applications for TBS bursaries for the 41st FEBS Congress must be made through the Congress registration system before the final extended bursary deadline of June 03, 2016.  Applicants are expected to select the 'Young scientist / TBS Turkey scheme' participant type and must pay the registration fee (at the early bird rate). An abstract must be submitted as presenting author, and the bursary application box on the registration form should be ticked.

The outcome of the bursary application will be notified via e-mail. Awardees will be reimbursed after the Congress by bank transfer; more details will be sent with the notification. Note that awardees have to appear in person and provide ID for check-in at the Congress venue for verification of attendance. Unsuccessful bursary candidates can request reimbursement of the registration fee if necessary, according to the Congress's cancellation policy.


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