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. Full details:

Plant Fellows

School (Institution / Country): | 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).

Level: PostDoc

Field(s): Fellowship is open to all fields of research in plant sciences

Deadline: 30th April 2013.

Funded By: co-funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Marie Curie Actions – People and Regional, National and International Programmes.

Beneficiaries( Target Group): Scholarship is Open for International Students.

Benefits( Value/ Inclusions):

‣ No. Awards: Not Specified.

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

‣ Scholarship Covers: 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.


Plant Fellows International Postdoctoral Fellowship spread between three different schemes (incoming, outgoing and reintegration) and a structured training programme, including workshops, dedicated training in complementary skills and industrial placements.


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 FELLOW 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.

Scholarships Application Method:

Apply 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:

  1. Applicant CV
  2. Personal motivation letter describing the reason why the applicant in interested in the programme
  3. Research proposal (including a section on ethical aspects)
  4. Personal Development Plan
  5. Commitment by host organisation (including a funding request and a finance plan for the 60% own contribution of the PI);
  6. Two letters of recommendation;

Scholarship Applications are due by 30th April 2013.

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

‣ It is important to read the application guideline , and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the official website

Contact: Website: Email:

Mrs Romy Kohlmann, M.A.

Programme officer of PLANT FELLOWS Zurich-­‐Basel Plant Science Center ETH-­‐Zurich, LFW B 51 Universitätstrasse 2

CH-­‐8092 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 632 47 96 Available: Mon-­‐Thu Email:

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