The ISB sponsors exchange fellowships to promote collaborations and exchanges between groups working in the field of biocuration. The fellowship will fund the visit of a biocurator, software engineer, developer, post-doc, or someone with a biocuration affiliated role, to another laboratory or organization with long experience in biocuration. This visit constitutes a unique opportunity to learn new methods, experience biocuration in different settings and/or in different fields, and to establish mutually beneficial collaborations across groups and disciplines. Applications are also welcome from persons not already involved in biocuration to learn biocuration from a laboratory or organization performing biocuration.

The exchange fellowship will cover travel and accommodation expenses during the exchange with a total up to CHF 2,000.

Application requirements

Applications may be submitted by all ISB members at any level of their career, or to applicants visiting a laboratory or organization led by someone in the ISB. If the application is successful, the applicant will agree to write a short report that will be posted on the ISB website.

Exchange fellowships are not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same funded consortium or same city. 

This fellowship will only be awarded to any single recipient one time.

If awarded, the recipient will be required to write a 400-word report informing the ISB membership about the outcomes of the exchange. This report must be provided no later than 30 days after the end of the exchange. The report will be posted on the ISB website.


The applicant should first contact the laboratory that they would like to visit. To apply, the hosting institution and the candidate will send a brief description of the purpose of the exchange, including the benefits expected to be achieved by the exchange. The application should also contain a budget for estimated travel and accommodation. 

Applications may be submitted at any time (i.e. there are no deadlines) and will be subject to funding availability.. A panel recruited from the EC and nominated external expert biocurators will review the applications and designate recipients.

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The award notification will be sent via email within 4 weeks of application.

Past Fellowship Recipients

Luana Licata (2018) read her fellowship report here.

Randi Vita (2019) read her fellowship report here.

Julieth Murillo  (2021) read her fellowship report here.