International Society for Biocuration Exchange Fellowship


The ISB is launching a short-term fellowship to promote collaborations and exchanges between groups working in the field of biocuration. The fellowship will fund the visit of a biocurator 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.

Application requirements

Applications may be submitted by all ISB members at different levels 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.

Short-term fellowships are not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same funded consortium or same geographical location.


The applicant should first contact the laboratory that he/she would like to visit. To apply, the hosting institution and the candidate will send a brief description of the purpose of the exchange, including benefits expected by the exchange. The application should also contain a budget for estimated travel and accommodation. Application materials should be sent to intsocbio@gmail.com with the subject line ‘Exchange Fellowship’.

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

If awarded, the laureate will write a 400 -word report informing the ISB membership about the outcomes of the exchange. This report must be sent to ISB at intsocbio@gmail.com no later than 30 days after the end of the exchange. The report will be posted on the ISB website.

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