Early-career scientists who intend to pursue a career in non-animal methods are invited to apply for an award for reimbursement* of travel to and accommodation expenses for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) Summer School on Non-Animal Approaches in Science. This award, presented by the 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 at the JRC in Ispra, Italy, from 18 to 21 May 2021. 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.
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- 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.
- The winner must attend all four days of the JRC Summer School, and the award is contingent upon fulfilment of this requirement.
- The winner must present a poster at the JRC Summer School.
- The award is contingent on the applicant’s submission to the Science Consortium of a 250- to 500-word summary of his or her experiences at the Summer School as well as a photo of him- or herself participating in the Summer School, both by 24 June 2021. The photo will be used in blog posts on Science Consortium and member organisation websites as well as their social media.
- Applications to the Science Consortium must be submitted between 15 February and 1 March 2021, and one winner will be announced by 15 March 2021.
- The Science Consortium will choose the winner based on each eligible applicant’s curriculum vitae (CV) and motivation letter, including the relevance of his or her current area of study or job, how inspirational the motivation letter is, and the scientific merits of the poster abstract.
- The award: The Science Consortium will reimburse the winner’s expenses for travel to and from and accommodation at the Summer School, up to a value of €1,000. 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. The winner will be responsible for registering for the Summer School and, if the Summer School is held in person, for booking his or her own travel and accommodation. Receipts are required for accommodation and travel reimbursement and must be submitted to the Science Consortium by 24 June 2021. The Science Consortium will reimburse the winner within one month of its receipt and approval of the winner’s receipts.
- All other expenses not noted above are the responsibility of the winner (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
To apply for the award, please e-mail the following to [email protected] between 15 February and 1 March 2021:
- The following documents that were submitted to and accepted by the JRC:
- A poster abstract of up to 250 words
- A motivation letter
- Confirmation that the JRC has accepted your participation in the Summer School
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*If the JRC Summer School is held online, the winner will be acknowledged on the PETA Science Consortium International e.V. website but there will be no monetary prize. This is a travel grant, and if there is no travel, there will be no grant.