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Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences 2018

The Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences 2018 provides support for recent Ph.D. graduates from all Latin American countries to conduct postdoctoral training in top biomedical laboratories in the United States. The program aims to strengthen the scientific community in Latin America and to promote collaborative exchange between U.S. and Latin America scientists. 

For the 2018 application process, applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree by February 2018 but not for more than five years prior to July 14, 2018. Preference will be given to applicants who received their undergraduate and graduate degrees from institutions in Latin America. Applicants may have obtained their undergraduate or graduate degrees from a school outside of Latin America but preferably not in the United States. Applicants may not have had previous postdoctoral training in the United States in excess of 18 months prior to July 14, 2018. Applicants will not be considered if they have completed graduate work with a proposed sponsor. Applicants are required to submit a written statement of intent to return to Latin America.

To apply, candidates are not required to have a commitment of a research position and laboratory space after the fellowship. However, in order to obtain the $35,000 portion of the award at the end of the fellowship period for the purchase of supplies and equipment to establish a laboratory in Latin America, Pew fellows must obtain a written commitment of a position and laboratory space at least 4 months before the end date of the Pew grant.

Applicants must identify and confirm a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of an established principal investigator (sponsor) in advance of applying. Many excellent scientists in major research institutions in the United States are interested in having Pew Latin American fellows come to their labs for postdoctoral training. For assistance in identifying possible sponsors, potential applicants may e-mail Kara Coleman, Project Director, at kcoleman@pewtrusts.org.

The Pew fellowship provides a $30,000 salary stipend in each of two years and an additional $35,000 payment to the sponsoring institution when the fellow confirms plans to return to Latin America. The Pew salary support is for 24 months; however, if the sponsor is able and willing to provide continued salary and benefits for the fellow beyond the two years, a request may be made to Pew to extend the time period of the fellowship up to 36 additional months.

Deadline: 2 October 2017, 12:00 EST (11:00 Colombian time)

[Boletín UN Investiga 344, 11 de mayo de 2017]

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