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Tel Aviv University Training Fellowship Abroad (TFA) – Guidelines and Rules
The Tel Aviv University Training Fellowship Abroad (TFA) fund has been launched in May 2013. The establishment has been made possible by a grant from The Naomi Prawer Kadar Foundation ("The Naomi Foundation").
Goal/purpose: TFA Fellowships will fund up to three months research visits of TAU young researchers, to laboratories in USA, Europe and elsewhere in the world. The aim is to facilitate collaborations with research groups, and in particular to allow the visiting fellows acquire new techniques and research methods that are not available in their home laboratories and facilitate collaboration between the home and host research groups. The fellowships will be intended specifically for joint research work and not just consultations.
Eligibility: Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, senior team members, working in research groups at the Sackler School of Medicine and the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, will be eligible for TFAs, but not group heads (principal investigators).
Applications for fellowships to attend courses, workshops, or symposia will not be considered. On completion of the internship applicants will have return to their home laboratory for at least 6 months.
Application. There will be three submission rounds yearly. The deadlines will be: 1st of January 1st of April, 1st of September. In the first year of fund activity, 2013, only submissions will be will be possible; the deadlines will be 12th of May and 1st of September. The decisions will be announced within 6 weeks after each deadline.
Applications should be submitted online only, by email to: email@example.com, in the form of a single PDF file. Applications should be written in English, structured as shown in Appendix 1. In general, an application should include curriculum vitae and list of publications of the applicant, synopsis of current work (up to 600 words), a statement of career plans, and a description of the proposed collaboration consisting of a 150-word summary followed by the main text (maximum 1500 words excluding references). Applications that do not conform to the guidelines may be discarded without review.
In addition to the application itself, the Receiving Institute Acceptance letter and two confidential letters of reference (one from the current supervisor) must be provided separately. The letters of reference should be sent by the referee directly to the TFA at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and not via the applicant. The applicant will be responsible that these letters reach the committee within a week of the application submission.
Review process. Each application will be initially reviewed by the entire committee, and upon initial positive decision, will be assigned to one committee member for in-depth review. The responsible committee member will solicit at least two external reviews. External reviewers will be asked to judge the quality of the proposal based on the following criteria: the quality of proposal and the recommendations; the proven abilities and academic record of the applicant; the quality of research in the home and host labs; the benefit from collaboration, in particular from the acquisition of new methods/techniques. The responsible committee member will subsequently prepare a summary statement based on the external reviews and his/her own opinion, which will be distributed to the committee members for final decision. The applicant will be promptly informed of the decision.
Applications that received good scores but have not been funded will be eligible for one resubmission only. The possibility of resubmission will be indicated by the TFA committee in the decision announcement to the applicant.
Award. The maximal grant will be $6,000 for 3 months. Each application will be subsidized according to needs, as decided by the committee. The grant will cover the minimal flight cost and, in addition, allowance of up to 1,500 US$ per month. If the TFA decides to support the project, reimbursement will be provided to applicants who have started the visit in the host laboratory before the final decision has been made, but after the submission of the application. Reimbursement will not be provided in cases when the visit has been paid for from research grants that explicitly include budget allocations for such collaboration, such as BSF of GIF.
The recipients will be asked to provide the committee with a report of their activity at the receiving lab (up to 1,500 words), within 60 days after returning from the trip.
The recipient is requested to read and agree with the terms and conditions of the agreement between TAU and the Naomi Foundation, and to credit the participation and support of the TAU TFA Fund and the Naomi Foundation in any advertisement, publication resulting from the project, publicity or public comment related to the Project.
Appendix 1. TFA Application structure
Please submit single spaced, font 12.
Part 1. Title page: Title of project; name of applicant; affiliation (department, faculty); laboratory (name of PI).
Part 2 (p to 2 pages). CV of the applicant.
Name, address, email, telephone, current position (e.g. Ph.D. student, Lab manager, etc.), name of PI or supervisor.
Academic background (from – to year; where studied; academic degree acqured).
Awards and membership in societies, if any.
List of publications, separated into: peer-reviewed papers; reviews and book chapters; presentation at meetings.
Do not include in CV: high school, army service, public activities such as Perach, languages or hobbies.
Part 3 (up to 2 pages). Synopsis of current work (up to 600 words – no exceptions) and a statement of career plans (up to 200 words).
Part 4. Description of the project. Description of the proposed collaboration consisting of a 150-word summary followed by the main text (maximum 1500 words excluding references).
Part 5. References.