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Professional Development

Please note that we have a new, improved online application program as of August 1, 2013. If you had previously created an IBRO account, your log-on information will no longer work, and you will need to sign up for a new account. Please scroll down the page for a list of our open application(s).

Application Overview

To apply for funding or to attend a neuroscience school, you must complete an application online. Click on "Sign in" or Sign up" to the right, to access the applications that are currently open for IBRO's Funding Programs and Schools:

There are no applications open on this platform at this time. 

For other funding opportunities (application forms outside this platform), please see below:

Pan European Regional Committee (PERC) Funding Opportunity

The PanEuropean Regional Committee (PERC) Calls for Organization of Partially Supported Schools in East and Central Europe

 IBRO-PERC may support a limited number of lecture-based or practical schools in Europe (including all countries from former CEERC) by providing each up to 20.000 €.  Suggested duration of the School is one week, but longer durations may be considered. The cooperation of two coorganizers, one from Central-East and other from West Europe will be positively evaluated.

The number of participants should not exceed 40 students and young scientists. The money granted by IBRO-PERC should be used primarily to enable the participation of students with few resources.
Applications for these schools should include:
1-Scientific program
2-Information on the location and facilities
3-brief CV of organizers
4-Budget, specifying local support

For all schools, the selection of students will be entrusted to the school’s scientific organizers, with final approval by the PERC-IBRO committee. A balanced gender and geographic distribution will be required.

All schools must include a lecture on one of the following topics: use of animals in scientific research, ethics in neuroscience, communicating science.

Applications must be submitted by email to:
Juan Lerma
Chair of IBRO-PERC
Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante
The deadline for application is May 30th, 2014.

The result of the selection will be communicated to applicants within July 2014.


Regional Schools


IBRO/APRC Advanced School of Neuroscience

September 3 - October 3, 2014

Monash University, Sunway Campus, Malaysia

Organizer: Prof. Ishwar Parhar 

Aims and Scope of the School:

The purpose of the Advanced School is to provide a platform for PhD students and post-doctoral fellows in the Asia Pacific region to meet in an environment where they can acquire knowledge of both theoretical and technological advances in key areas of neuroscience research.


BRIMS has organised two IBRO-Asia Pacific Regional Associate Schools in 2007 and 2009 and also IBRO School of Neuroscience in 2010, 2011, and 2012. This year, IBRO has agreed to fund us again to organize the 2nd IBRO Advanced School of Neuroscience.  This provides a forum for young neuroscientists, especially those from developing countries, to be exposed to high quality neuroscience. Funding from IBRO will cover the travel and accommodation expenses of up to 10 students who will attend the 1 month course. A two-day International Neuroscience symposium will be organized by BRIMS & NeuroMalaysia Society.

Who should apply?

  • Application open only to PhD students and post-doctoral fellows from the Asia/Pacific region.

Application deadline: May 4, 2014 

Apply online: application form

If you have further questions, please contact Prof. Ishwar Parhar (

For more details:

7th Teaching Tools Workshop

Kinshasa, DRC

September 6 - 11, 2014

The intent of the Seventh Teaching Tools School and Workshop is to provide tools and a framework for teaching Neuroscience in African countries. We will present stand-alone basic neuroscience modules that can be integrated by teachers into a variety of curricula and into various teaching contexts. We will also cover the theory and practice of effective pedagogy in neuroscience, with the goal of enhancing students’ learning outcomes. The objective of the program is to develop teaching modules on several specific topics, with the hope that the program can continue to form the basis for future efforts on other subjects. The topics of this effort will focus on “Fundamentals of Neuroscience.” Themes to be covered include the basics of neurons and glia, receptors, the organization of sensory pathways and function, nerve conduction, action potentials, organization of higher centers mediating sensations, plus other related topics.  Strategies for enhancing students’ comprehension and retention of these topics will be included. 

Requirements for participants

This course is designed for young faculty who have been teaching an aspect of Neuroscience (such as Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neuropharmacology) on the African continent for less than 5 years, although those with more experience will be considered. Applicants should be actively engaged in teaching a Neuroscience-related subject and will be required to present one of their lectures during the Workshop.


Lodging, meals and local transportation will be provided. Assistance with travel expenses to Kinshasa will be available.


Interested applicants from the African continent should provide the information requested on the application form (incomplete forms will not be considered). Please also arrange to have sent (by email attachment), two (2) letters of recommendation from the head of your department/institution or your supervisor, and/or other faculty or scientists who can comment on your scientific and educational qualifications, abilities, commitment and likelihood of benefiting from attending this school. At least one letter should, in addition, document your current position and education status. You should provide the letter writers with these guidelines and the application deadline.

Application deadline: May 16, 2014 (11:59 p.m. CET)

Apply here.

If there are any questions about the Workshop please contact Dr. Sharon Juliano at


3rd IBRO/ARC School on Insect Neuroscience and Drosophila Neurogenetics

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

August 11 - 30, 2014

Organizer: Lucia Prieto Godino, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

School Website:

Aims and Scope of the School 

To introduce the use of insects as powerful yet inexpensive model systems in neuroscientific research. With their comparatively simple nervous systems, tractable genetic access and low maintenance costs, Drosophila and other insects have rapidly consolidated their status as key model systems in scientific research. This course aims to introduce key concepts in insect neuroscience to scientists at African institutions to promote the use of such model systems in their research. Subjects covered will range from lab maintenance and grant writing to state of the art neurogenetics, behavioural and electrophysiological research techniques, as well as essential research skills such as statistical analysis, critical analysis and interpretation of data, usage of scientific databases and introduction to open source technologies.

School Description

The course will be divided in three weeks. The first week will be a general theoretical and practical introduction to the field, including introductions to insects as model organisms in neuroscience, neurogenetics, electrophysiology methods, statistical analysis, grant writing, and open source. The second and third weeks will consist of theoretical lectures common to all students and a series of alternative practical modules. Students will choose one out of three practical modules running in parallel each week. The modules include: Development of the nervous system, chemosensory systems in mosquitoes and Drosophila, vision in insects, motor control in insects, Drosophila as a model for human diseases, evolution and environmental control of body size and foraging behaviour in Drosophila. Throughout the course there will be a strong emphasis on the usage of open source technologies and an active “Do it yourself” spirit will be encouraged. For more information check the programme of previous schools in our website.

Who should apply to this School?

  • African scientists who already hold a Master’s degree or are currently enrolled for a Master’s degree or equivalent programme. Therefore this includes, Master students, PhD students, Postdocs and Professors.

The course is very intensive and a strong motivation and drive is required. Students will be selected on the basis of their academic record and written statements concerning their interest in neuroscience and how they expect to benefit from participating in the course. There will be no attendance fee. Selected students will receive economy round-trip airfare from a major international airport in their country to Dar es Salaam. Accommodation will be provided for international students, but not meals.

Application deadline: May 18, 2014 (11:59 p.m. CET)

Apply here.

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino (

4th IBRO/APRC Tehran School of Neuroscience: Basic Approaches in Neurological Diseases

Tehran, Iran

October 17-28, 2014


The Medical School of Tarbiat Modares University, Neuroscience Research Center of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, and IPM School of Cognitive Sciences will host an IBRO School of Neuroscience including molecular, electrophysiological & behavioral approaches for studying the basics of neurological diseases in October 17-28, 2014 in Tehran, Iran.

The purpose of this school is to provide an opportunity for senior Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows in the Asia-Pacific region to acquire knowledge of both theoretical and technical advances in key areas of neuroscience research in a setting that encourages personal interactions and exchanges. We expect participating students to have experience with laboratory work and, preferably, publications.

Funding from IBRO and local sponsors will enable 25 students to attend the 12-day school by covering their round-trip ticket, housing, and meals.

The school will provide lectures and opportunities to participate in a variety of laboratory projects. Instructors will be internationally recognized researchers from Asia, Europe and America. Interactions between the students and teachers will be emphasized and encouraged.


Laboratory projects will focus on the following themes and techniques. Each student shall choose one of the following:

THEME 1 - Pain and Addiction Research

THEME 2 - Cognition and Cognitive Disorders

THEME 3 - Synaptic Plasticity and Seizure

THEME 4 - Neurodegenerative diseases


 Who should apply?

  • Senior Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows.
  • Age limit is 35 years.
  • Only applicants from the Asia-Pacific region can be accepted. Preference will be given to students who have experience in laboratory work and publications.

Students will be selected on the basis of their academic record and written statements concerning their interest in neuroscience and how they expect to benefit from participating in the School. The selection process will be coordinated by the IBRO Asia-Pacific Regional Committee.

Poster Presentation

All students will present posters from their previous research and all students will participate in discussions of these posters. They have to send the abstract of these posters along with their application.

Group technique presentation

Groups of six students will work together on experiments. All students from each group will present a short oral report and the entire group will participate in a question-answer session.

Contact person:

Dr Amir Shojaei, Tarbiat Modares University

e-mail:, Tel: +98-21-82883864, Cell Phone: +98-9131488748, Fax: +98-21-82884528

Application deadline: July 11, 2014 (11:59 p.m. CET)

Apply here.



Questions? Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for IBRO Funding Applications and/or IBRO Schools Applications.