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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Investigators for Neuroscience Research

Grass Fellowship


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Funding Source
The Grass Foundation
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International investigators for neuroscience research. Particular emphasis is placed on research related to epilepsy. Fellows may come from a broad range of academic disciplines, including neurophysiology, systems neuroscience, biophysics, integrative neurobiology, neuroethology, neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, cellular and developmental neurobiology, and computational approaches to neural systems. Fellowships will take place in the summer of 2024 in Massachusetts.

The Foundation has a longstanding interest in epilepsy-related research. Comparative and integrative neuroscience have been of particular interest in recent years. Anthropogenic environmental impacts – including climate change, chemical and sensory pollution, and ocean acidification – may impact brain at the cell and circuit level in ways that are not well understood. In partnership with the Grass Foundation, The Kavli Foundation supports Grass Fellows who explore this area through their research related to neurobiology and changing ecosystems. (Learn more about the partnership and the first two years of Kavli-Grass Fellows.) The overarching goal is to identify early-career scientists who envision the future of neuroscience, and support, catalyze, and advance their visions with a unique set of resources.

Grass Fellowships provide research support including a stipend, laboratory space, animals, equipment and supplies for one summer at the MBL. Additionally, the investigator, his/her spouse or legal domestic partner, and dependent children are provided housing and round-trip travel to the MBL.

Fellows function as an intellectual and social group within the MBL scientific community while sharing space in the Grass Laboratory. In a weekly private seminar series, eminent investigators at the MBL discuss their work with the Fellows. In addition, a yearly Forbes Lecturer will spend a portion of the summer in the Grass Lab interacting with Fellows.

Childcare benefits are available and supported by the Foundation.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Early investigators (late stage predoctoral trainees and beyond) are eligible to apply. This includes applicants with prior experience at MBL or with the Grass Foundation (MBL course alumni are encouraged to apply). Priority is given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a research career.

International Fellows (i.e., not US citizens or resident aliens) must hold a valid visa (e.g. J-1, H-1B, F1 or F1-OPT) for the entire duration of the fellowship. Please contact the Foundation early in case you need to adjust your visa status. The Grass Foundation values diversity in all of its programs.

Pre-Application Information
The competition will close on December 1, 2023.

Applicants must ensure that the completed application and letters of recommendation are submitted by the deadline.

Decisions will be announced by the last week in January.


Fellowship Timeline:

Number of Grants
Typically, approximately 10-12 Grass Fellowships are awarded annually.

Estimated Size of Grant
On average, the ‘value’ of the fellowship is in the range of ~$50K.

Term of Contract
The duration of the program is 14 weeks starting Memorial Day Monday.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Contact Briana Bertochi, the Grass Fellowship Program Coordinator at MBL, at:; Voice: +1-508.289.7521

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The Grass Foundation
P.O. Box 11342
Takoma Park, MD 20913

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