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Opportunity profile: Bridging the early career funding gap


One-year fellowships from a Swiss medical research foundation help young researchers find their feet

Top tips

  • The IBSA Foundation likes researchers with courage and a desire to expand their horizons.
  • Projects must be achievable within a year, so don’t recycle proposals for longer fellowships.
  • Be clear about the design of your experiments, including preliminary results if possible.
  • Projects can be part of a larger research effort as long as there is a distinct aim.

The first stages of a research career can be financially precarious, so having your own funding, rather than relying on a supervisor, can make the difference when getting your foot in the door.

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