International Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme in Plant Sciences, 2014

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Applications are invited for Plant Fellows fellowships available for postdoctoral fellows from all over the world. Approx. 69 new fellowships will be awarded which spread between three different schemes (incoming, outgoing and reintegration) and a structured training programme, including workshops, dedicated training in complementary skills and industrial placements. Only experienced researcher can benefit from the Plant Fellows programme. The fellowships must in any case end within the duration of the Plant Fellows programme (February 2016). The Plant Fellows contribution is fixed at 40% of the fellowship costs for eligible researchers. The remaining 60% own contribution has to be provided by the principal investigator.. Plant Fellows is a new international post doc fellowship programme in the field of plant sciences co-funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Marie Curie Actions – People, Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND). Plant Fellows is centrally managed at the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. The Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center is a competence center of three Swiss universities, the University of Zurich, the University of Basel and the ETH Zurich. The University of Zurich will act as the coordinator of Plant Fellows. Professor Ueli Grossniklaus at the University of Zurich is chair of the programme (see contact for further details). Plant Fellows is open to applicants from all over the world. 13 European and 7 international universities and research institutes and 3 industry partners have been predefined as host organizations on the basis of their excellence in higher education and plant research..  Fellowships are available for pursuing postdoctoral research programme.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Not provided
Who can apply to this scholarship? Plant Fellows is open to applicants from all over the world and all fields of research in plant sciences are eligible.
· Only experienced researcher can benefit from the Plant Fellows programme. Thus the fellow must, at the time of recruitment be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full
· time equivalent research experience. Both options need to be verified by certificates, which will be reviewed by the PLANT FELLOWS selection committee.
· At the date for application submission, the applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the application submission
Benefits of the scholarship: The Plant Fellows contribution is fixed at 40% of the fellowship costs for eligible researchers. The remaining 60% own contribution has to be provided by the principal investigator. Along with the living allowance, mobility and travel allowance as well as a research cost contribution will be paid. -The living allowance including a mobility allowance is based on the prevailing market rates in the host country and shall be used for remuneration of the fellow. It shall include robust social security coverage and social benefits. The living allowance is a contribution to the salary costs of the fellow and is specific to the host organisation. -The travel allowance covers the fellow’s travel expenses from the place of origin to the host organization. It is based on the direct distance (in a straight line) between the place of the host organization and the place of origin of the fellow. Only one travel allowance shall be paid per period of 12 months. -The research cost contribution includes costs for consumables and training costs. The calculation of costs for consumables follows the recommendations provided to Marie Curie Individual Fellowships: lab based or non-lab based. The research cost contribution also includes a yearly rate to participate in training activities, conferences etc. that help the future fellow to develop his/her skills and career.
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Duration:  Proposed research project shall have duration between 12 and 24 months in order to be eligible for a Plant Fellows fellowship. The fellowships must in any case end within the duration of the Plant Fellows programme (February 2016). All fellow-months outside the project duration have to be paid by the host organisation’s own funds.
Number of scholarships: Plant Fellows offers approx. 69 new post doc fellowships spread between three different schemes (incoming, outgoing and reintegration) and a structured training programme, including workshops, dedicated training in complementary skills and industrial placements.

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