Travel Grant for Early-Career Scientist to Train at the JRC Summer School on Non-Animal Approaches in Science

Early-career scientists who intend to pursue a career in non-animal methods are invited to apply for an award for reimbursement of expenses for travel to and accommodation at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) Summer School on Non-Animal Approaches in Science. This award, presented by PETA Science Consortium International e.V., will help give a master’s student, PhD student, or early-career scientist (who completed a master’s or PhD no more than four years ago) the opportunity to gain a better understanding of state-of-the-art non-animal testing strategies.

The summer school will take place in-person at the JRC in Ispra, Italy, from 23 to 26 May 2023. Attendees will explore new developments in the field of non-animal approaches through expert lectures and interactive sessions, and each attendee will present a poster.

Click here for more details about the programme.

The Award

  • The Science Consortium will reimburse the winner’s expenses for travel to and from and accommodation at the summer school. See details below.
  • The Science Consortium will choose the winner based on each eligible applicant’s curriculum vitae (CV) and motivation letter and the scientific merits of the poster abstract.
  • Applications to the Science Consortium must be submitted between 24 February and 3 March 2023, and one winner will be announced in March 2023.


  • Any early-career scientist who has been accepted onto the JRC Summer School programme and intends to pursue a career in non-animal methods is eligible to apply for the award. The JRC is accepting applications from master’s students, PhD students, and early-career scientists (who completed a master’s or PhD no more than four years ago) active in fields related to toxicology, biomedical research, alternative methods, exposure science, or risk assessment.
  • Open to residents of any country. Must be 18 or older. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. By applying, you are acknowledging that you have read and that you agree to our contest terms and conditions and privacy policy.

Winner Requirements

The winner must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Attend all four days of the JRC Summer School in person. If the summer school is held online, the winner will be announced on the Science Consortium’s website but there will be no monetary prize.
  • Present a poster at the JRC Summer School
  • Provide a photo of themselves within one week of receiving notification from the Science Consortium that they have been selected for the award. The photo will be used in blog posts on Science Consortium and member organisation websites as well as their social media pages.
  • Submit to the Science Consortium a 250- to 500-word summary of his or her experiences at the summer school by 24 June 2023
  • Register for the summer school and book their own travel (up to a value of €1,000; economy seating only) and accommodation. Receipts are required for accommodation and travel reimbursement and must be submitted to the Science Consortium by 24 June 2023. The Science Consortium will reimburse the winner within one month of its receipt and approval of the winner’s receipts.
  • Assume responsibility for all other expenses not noted above (including but not limited to meals, beverages, gratuities, incidentals, optional excursions, personal expenses, and travel insurance). The winner is responsible for obtaining and paying for any documents required to travel.

How to Apply

We request the following documents that were submitted to and accepted by the JRC:

  • Your CV
  • A poster abstract of up to 250 words
  • A motivation letter

We also request confirmation that the JRC has accepted your participation in the summer school.

Please upload these documents using the form below. The submission period is 24 February to 3 March 2023. If you have any questions on the application process, please e-mail [email protected] for more information.

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Past Winners

2019: Patrícia Zoio, a PhD student from the NOVA University of Lisbon, is developing a fully humanised skin-on-a-chip model that can be used in long-term medical applications, without using any animal components.