Plant Fellows International Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme in Plant Sciences, 2013

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PLANT FELLOWS is an international post doc fellowship programme in the field of plant sciences. It is co-funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Marie Curie Actions – People and Regional, National and International Programmes. The mode of applying is online. The applicant shall be available for the post within 5 months after receiving the notification of acceptance of application. The application deadline is 30th April 2013.

Study Subject(s): Fellowship is open to all fields of research in plant sciences.
Course Level: Plant Fellows is an international post doc fellowship programme.
Scholarship Provider: It is co-funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Marie Curie Actions – People and Regional, National and International Programmes.
Scholarship can be taken at: Fellowships can be taken at Host Organisations (13 European and 7 international universities and research institutes and 3 industry partners were predefined as host organizations on the basis of their excellence in higher education and plant research).

Eligibility: Plant Fellows is open to all fields of research in plant sciences and to applicants of any nationality fulfilling the following eligibility criteria:
-Only experienced researcher can benefit from the PLANT FELLOWS programme. Thus the fellow must, at the time of recruitment be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. Both options need to be verified by certificates, which will be reviewed by the PLANT FELLOWS selection committee.
-At the date for application submission, the applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the application submission.
-The transnational mobility shall come under one of the following 3 fellowship schemes, any of which may be intersectorial, between academia and industry or vice versa; but this is a decision driven by the applicant and is not a specific requirement. Applicants of any nationality must comply with either of the following mobility rules:
1- Incoming mobility to  residents of EU Member States, Associate Countries or Third Countries who want  to benefit  from  the broad and excellent  training and  research capacities of the diverse research groups at the ZurichGBasel Plant Science Center.
2- Outgoing mobility to residents of EU Member States or Associated Countries. This mobility  has  to  be  carried  out  by  moving  to  a  host  organisation  in  another  EU Member State, Associate Country or Third Country. Outgoing mobility for a stay in a Third  Country  should  be  coupled  to  a  return  phase  to  a  EU  Member  State  or Associated Country. The return phase should be appropriate in value and duration (not over weighted compared to the outgoing phase).  The return phase can be carried out in another EU Member State or Associated Country than the country of residence before the outgoing phase.
3- Re integration of EU Member State or Associated Country residents having carried out research in a Third Country for at least the last 3 years and who wish to take up a research position in a host organisation located within the EU Member States or Associated Countries.

Scholarship Open for International Students: International Students can apply for this fellowship.

Scholarship Description: Plant Fellows is an International Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme in the field of plant sciences co  plant sciencefunded by Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Marie Curie Actions – People and Regional, National and International Programmes. PLANT FELLOWS is centrally managed at the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. The Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center is a competence center of three Swiss universities, the University of Zurich, the University of Basel and the ETH Zurich. PLANT FELLOWS is open to applicants from all over the world. 13 European and 7 international universities and research institutes and 3 industry partners have been predefined as host organisations on the basis of their excellence in higher education and plant research.

Number of award(s): PLANT FELLOWS offers approx. 69 new post doc fellowships spread between three different schemes (incoming, outgoing and reintegration) and a structured training programme, including workshops, dedicated training in complementary skills and industrial placements.

Duration of award(s): Awarded fellowship duration is between 12 months (minimum) and 24 months according to the proposed research project.

What does it cover?  Along with the living allowance, a mobility and travel allowance as well as a research cost contribution will be paid. The PLANT FELLOWS contribution is fixed at 40% of the fellowship costs for eligible researchers. The remaining 60% own contribution has to be provided by the principal investigator.

Notification: Evaluation  results are  estimated to be available within 3 months after the relevant deadline for submission.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online. An application for a PLANT FELLOWS post doc fellowship is prepared by the applicant in liaison with the chosen host organisation, which is represented by the principal investigator. The principal investigator is a professor or a group leader from one of the predefined host organisations. Thus don’t forget to contact the designated host organisation and the principal investigator prior the application preparation for additional instructions and support. The application has to be made jointly by the applicant and the principal investigator from the chosen host organisation and shall be written in English. It includes:
-Applicant CV
- Personal motivation letter describing the reason why the applicant in interested in the programme
-Research proposal (including a section on ethical aspects)
-Personal Development Plan
-Commitment by host organisation (including a funding request and a finance plan for the 60% own contribution of the PI)
-Two letters of recommendation

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 30th April 2013.

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