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Opportunity profile: Galton spends its inheritance wisely

Early-career geneticists eyeing a Galton Institute Postdoctoral Travel Grant to support their trip abroad should apply soon for the greatest chance of success, Betty Nixon, the institute’s general secretary, tells Fiona McIntyre.

Founded as the Eugenics Education Society in 1907, the Galton Institute now specialises in genetics and the scientific exploration of human heredity.

Its Postdoctoral Travel Grants are worth up to £6,000 and can be put towards travel and living expenses for projects of up to six months’ duration. One grant is awarded each year to a UK-based postdoctoral researcher who completed a doctoral degree within the past six years and wants to carry out research into genetics in a laboratory abroad. Applications are assessed soon after they are received, and the scheme closes as soon as one is approved. Applicants are therefore encouraged to apply early in the year.

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