Award to Attend an In Vitro Toxicology Training Course at the Institute for In Vitro Sciences

Scientists interested in learning about in vitro test methods in toxicology are invited to apply for an award to attend a 4-day hands-on training hosted by the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) and sponsored by PETA Science Consortium International.

This award will provide an opportunity to gain a better understanding of in vitro methods, assay design, laboratory techniques, and data interpretation. The training will include informative lectures given by IIVS’ in vitro toxicology experts as well as hands-on laboratory experience in applying in vitro methods. Those who attend will explore numerous toxicological endpoints, such as skin and eye irritation and corrosion, skin sensitisation, phototoxicity, and respiratory toxicity.

Two recipients will be selected to attend the training, which will take place at the IIVS facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland, US, from 30 January – 2 February 2023.

The deadline to apply is Friday, 21 October 2022 and winners will be notified in November 2022.

Award Details and Eligibility

  • Applicant works in, or is studying to pursue a career in, toxicology. If the applicant is a student, he/she must have completed at least one year of a master’s or PhD program.
  • The Science Consortium will choose two participants based on their dedication and ability to advance non-animal toxicology.
  • Award recipients will receive complementary registration for the training (worth US$3,600) and reimbursement for hotel (up to US$700) and economy-seating airfare plus ground transport (up to US$350 from the US and up to US$650 from outside the US).
  • Award recipients will be responsible for booking their own travel arrangements, and receipts are required for hotel and travel reimbursement.
  • Lunch will be provided each day of the training.
  • All other expenses not noted above are the responsibility of the award recipients (including but not limited to meals, beverages, gratuities, incidentals, optional excursions, personal expenses, and travel insurance). The award recipients are responsible for obtaining and paying for any documents required to travel.
  • The award recipients must attend all 4 days of the training at IIVS, and reimbursement is contingent upon this requirement.
  • By 24 February 2023, the award recipients shall send the Science Consortium a 250- to 500-word summary of their experience at the training.
  • Open to residents of any country. Must be 18 or older. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. By entering, you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to our contest terms and conditions and privacy policy.

Application Instructions

To apply, please email [email protected] the following information by 21 October 2022:

  • Your résumé or curriculum vitae
  • A proposal of 1000 words or fewer explaining the following:
    • Reasons for your interest in attending the training and how you will apply the information learned to reduce and replace animal testing in your current or future work
    • Your short- and long-term career goals and how you envision the training will help you achieve those goals
    • How you can share the information learned at the training with coworkers or other scientists

For questions about this award, contact Bridget Rogers at [email protected].

To learn about previous travel grants to attend IIVS workshops, click here.


Click here to join the PETA Science Consortium International listserv.