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[Arabidopsis] International Research Experience for Senior Graduate Students

Isabell Witt isawi at duke.edu
Fri Jun 10 22:08:27 EST 2005

Arabidopsis 2010:
International Research Experience for Senior Graduate Students

Scientists in both Germany and the US are active in broad-based programs in 
functional genomics of Arabidopsis, funded by the US National Science 
Foundation's Arabidopsis 2010 program, the Deutsche 
Forschungsgemeinschaft's Arabidopsis Functional Genomics Network, as well 
as through other scientific programs from these government agencies.  We 
are interested in building cooperation between German and US functional 
genomics groups and, through funding provided by a grant from the US 
National Science Foundation, we plan to send senior graduate students from 
NSF 2010 project laboratories or other US laboratories engaged in 
Arabidopsis functional genomic projects with NSF's support to spend up to 
three months in a host German laboratory.

In order to represent as many projects as possible, the program will 
provide for airfare (up to $1000) and a nominal subsistence allowance 
during the stay (up to $1250/mo). The program has sufficient resources to 
send 10 students per year to Germany and will run for two years beginning 
May 1, 2005. Of course, individuals may wish to use additional funding 
sources to supplement the expenses of their stay, to stay longer, or 
provide other research related opportunities, and they will be encouraged 
to do so.

The individuals will be selected from those submitting a completed 
application package:

1.	First, nomination will be obtained from the research groups themselves 
(with a limit of one application per group), with strong encouragement to 
give consideration to women and underrepresented minorities in deciding on 
those to be nominated.  A letter of nomination, including the basis for 
candidate selection and the value of the experience for the cooperating 
laboratories, will be required.
2.	A letter of agreement by the proposed German host laboratory will be 
required for each complete application.
3.	A two page description of the research topic and suitability of the 
research to the goals of both the sponsor and host research groups,
4.	A brief (2 page, NSF format) biographical sketch for the applicant.
5.	A letter of application will also be required.  This letter should 
include how this proposed experience addresses longer-term career goals of 
the applicant.  An email address for notification of application status 
should be included in the letter.
6.	A draft itinerary for the proposed research visit.

Final selection will be determined by recommendations from The 
Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC; 
http://www.arabidopsis.org/info/2010_projects/MASC_Info.jsp) based on the 
following criteria:
1.	This program is targeted to advanced graduate students without 
substantial previous international research experience, thus students who 
have previously conducted research at the undergraduate or graduate level 
outside of the United States will have lower priority.
2.	Only advanced graduate students, typically in their last year or two of 
a Ph.D. program (or its equivalent) and having been advanced to candidacy, 
will be considered.  This should be addressed by the PI in the letter of 
3.	Students must be working on a thesis topic in the area of Arabidopsis 
functional genomics and associated with an research group where this is a 
significant part of the research goals of an NSF-funded program.

Evaluation criteria:
1.	Suitability of the research to the goals of both the sponsor and host 
research groups and its potential for longer-term interactions will be an 
important aspect for selection.
2.	The potential for the candidate to contribute substantially to the field 
of Arabidopsis during their career, as determined by accomplishments, 
current research efforts, and longer-term goals will also be considered in 
the selection.

Proposals will be due July 15th and January 15th of each year.  Application 
packages should be submitted electronically, either in MSWord or Adobe PDF 
format, to Ms. Isabell Witt, Executive Secretary and Coordinator, The 
Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (isawi at duke.edu). 
Applications will be notified by email of the status of their application 
by the last day of the month following their application.
Potential applicants from Germany, interested in travel to US laboratories, 
should apply through the AFGN program:
AFGN-2010 Young Researcher Exchange Program
We are interested in further developing the cooperation already in place 
between groups in Germany and USA working on functional genomics. Because 
the size of the AFGN and 2010 programs has grown significantly over the 
last few years, we suggest that the next level of interaction should be at 
the bench level. Thus, we provide the possibility to send young 
investigators from AFGN laboratories for a 1 - 3 months stay in a host US 
laboratory. A similar proposal for the other direction, i.e. young US 
investigators coming to labs in Germany, was submitted to the NSF by 
representatives of the 2010 program.
In order to represent as many projects as possible, we are requesting 
funding for airfare (about 800 Euro) and a nominal subsistence allowance 
during the stay (about 1000 Euro per month). Applications must contain the 
following items:
1.	Letter of acceptance from the proposed host laboratory
2.	Letter of nomination/recommendation from the AFGN principal investigator 
of the sending laboratory
3.	Two page description of the research topic and suitability of the 
research to the goals of both the sponsor and host research groups
4.	Curriculum vitae
5.	Description of previous international experience and how this proposed 
experience addresses longer term career goals of the applicant
Applications can be sent at any time to the coordinator of AFGN by email 
attachment (nover at cellbiology.uni-frankfurt.de ). The applications will be 
reviewed and decided by members of the AFGN Steering committee within 1 
Group leaders (AFGN principal investigators) are excluded from application.

Isabell Witt Ph.D.
MASC Executive Secretary and Coordinator

DCMB Group, Department of Biology
Box 91000
Duke University
Durham NC 27708

Office phone: (919) 613-8216
E-mail: isawi at duke.edu

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