EMBO supports researchers from emerging economies

November 08, 2002

Heidelberg, November 8th, 2002 -- The first fellows benefiting from the European Molecular Biology Organization's (EMBO) new World Programme fellowship scheme will start their work in their guest laboratories from now on. The four selected researchers come from Bangladesh, Brazil, Cuba and India and will visit German or Israeli laboratories for six or nine months: The EMBO World Programme fellowship scheme was launched this year. It builds on the tradition of EMBO fellowships providing training and mobility for scientists in the life sciences since 1966. However the World Programme fellowship scheme has a slightly different focus. "These fellowships provide an excellent opportunity to scientists from non-European countries to gain training by visiting a laboratory in a European country. We prefer applicants from developing countries or emerging economies who wish to visit European (EMBC+) laboratories," says Mary Gannon, Manager of the EMBO World Programme. "These visits should strengthen ongoing collaborations or establish new research contacts between the laboratories involved. To foster these collaborations the EMBO World Programme fellowships provide funding for a six to nine month period."

For EMBO it is important that the selected fellows wish to return to their home countries after the training in the European laboratory. "The experience gained during the fellowship period should benefit the research of the home laboratory," explains Mary Gannon. "Since the first round of applications was very successful, the second deadline for applications will be March 1st, 2003."
+The European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) supports EMBO's work and consist of 24 member states. The EMBC countries are: Austria, Greece, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, Croatia, Iceland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Spain, Denmark, Israel, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Turkey, Germany, Norway and United Kingdom.

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