Travel grants for conference travel for M&B doctoral candidates
Please take note of the school’s possibilities and regulations concerning travel grant support and travel applications starting from August 2019.
Upon successful application for travel grants by our doctoral candidates, we will reimburse the following sums:
- 300 EUR for travel costs inside Europe, but no more than 50% of the total travel sum.
- 600 EUR for travel costs outside Europe, but no more than 50% of the total travel sum.
NEW GRANT APPLICATION FORMS
Travel grants will have to be applied for with a set of new forms. They have been distributed to faculty and doctoral candidates by e-mail, but they can also be obtained from the M&B management office. Owing to administrative necessity, there are different forms and procedures for supervisors based at HU Berlin and supervisors outside HU Berlin.
BOOKING AND ADMINISTERING DOCTORAL TRAVEL
The booking of trips and all reimbursement procedures will have to be administered by the supervisors' groups themselves.
ONE TRIP PER YEAR
Travel grants for doctoral candidates will be restricted to one trip per student per year.
TRAVEL WITHIN THE STANDARD DOCTORAL PERIOD OF THREE YEARS
Travel grants will be granted to candidates still within the standard doctoral period of 36 months.
INFORMATION TO DOCTORAL CANDIDATES
We will regularly inform all doctoral candidates of these changes and instruct them in several Q&A sessions per year.
ACQUIRING OUTSIDE FUNDING
In addition to the travel grants provided by the Berlin School of Mind and Brain and/or supervisors, doctoral candidates are advised to have a look at the following additional funding opportunities for conference travel and lab visits. Some of the websites are in German, so please get help from fellow students if you cannot read German.
DAAD, DFG, university departments/faculties, scholarship givers and many, many other funding agencies (see e.g. https://www.mystipendium.de/stipendienverzeichnis/typ-stipendium/auslandsstipendium) offer travel grants.
The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) has several programs offering travel grants and stipends to young researchers. Grants and stipends are aiming at facilitating mobility and scientific exchange and provide scientists early in their career an opportunity to attend FENS meetings, FENS training courses and schools.
NENS exchange grants
These stipends of the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) are intended for Master and doctoral students registered within NENS member schools or programs. The Berlin School of Mind and Brain is a NENS member.
Applicants are expected to spend a period of one to three months at a NENS member school of their choice in a different European country for the purpose of methodological training.
Stipends cover travel and accommodation costs of up to 2,000 EUR.
Application deadlines: 15 February, 15 June, 15 October
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Conference travel grants
Link to website
The DAAD supports conference travel (apply 4 months in advance) and lecture tours (apply one month in advance).
Among other forms of research funding, the Dr. Jost Henkel Foundation provides one-time payments, such as travel grants for doctoral candidates of all fields. Further information in German is available here.
The Fazit Stiftung offers travel grants for doctoral candidates. Further information in German is available here.
Minerva Short-Term Research Grants are available for all subject areas and are open to applicants from all research facilities (in Israel - public or governmental research institutes) and universities in Germany and Israel. Applicants should not be older than 38 years. Further information is available here.
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF): Travel grants
Link to website
For junior researchers pursuing experimental projects in basic biomedical research. For further requirements please refer to "Who can apply?"
- to learn clearly-defined methods useful for your ongoing research and the work of your research group at home by visiting another laboratory, or by attending research-orientated courses including practical training (the practical part has to cover at least 50% of the course);
- to enable graduates from abroad and their potential PhD supervisors to evaluate the scientific and personal prerequisites before embarking on a PhD thesis. To this end, the graduate student shall pursue a short project in his/her potential PhD supervisor’s laboratory for at least 4 weeks.