The International Neuroscience Fellowship (INF) provides a unique opportunity to qualified foreign neuroscientists, at the junior or mid-career level, to receive one to two years of research training in the United States. Applicants to the INF must reside outside the U.S., be proficient in English, and have earned a doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. or foreign institution at the time their application is submitted. Applicants must demonstrate that, upon completion of the fellowship, they will have the opportunity to use their newly acquired skills to pursue neuroscience research, and to teach or direct others in neuroscience research in their home country. Preference will be given to applicants from low- to middle-income countries based on Gross National Income (GNI) per capita classified by the World Bank.
Research Proposal: The proposed research training must be responsive to the mission of the NIEHS, which is to reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes by understanding how environmental factors, individual genetic susceptibility and age (time or stage of development) interrelate in the disease process. Proposals should demonstrate a direct human health endpoint and address how an environmental exposure is, or might be, involved in a neurological or psychiatric disease process.
Sponsor: Before submitting a fellowship application, the applicant must identify a U.S. sponsoring institution and an individual who will serve as the sponsor (also called mentor or supervisor). The sponsor must be affiliated with the U.S. sponsoring institution and be funded to conduct independent research (e.g., Principal Investigator on an NIH R01 grant) in an area that is appropriate for the proposed research training.
Requirements for the Foreign Institution: The fellowship will be awarded to the U.S. sponsoring institution only. However, no application will be accepted without an accompanying endorsement letter from the Foreign Institution to which the applicant plans to return. In this letter, the Foreign Institution must assure that the applicant has a guaranteed appointment at the institution upon his or her return.
The full announcement for this program is located at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-227.html(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-227.html) .
Contact: Michael Humble, Ph.D.