International Arabidopsis Research Experience for Graduate Students and
***NOTE*** The U.S. lab does NOT need to have a 2010 grant to be eligible
but MUST possess an NSF grant awarded in the general area of Arabidopsis
gene function. If the student or post-doc is associated with an NSF-funded
Arabidopsis gene function project, even if it is not their primary lab, they
would also be eligible, provided the association is clearly documented.
U.S. and German scientists are active in broad-based Arabidopsis functional
genomics programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) (e.g. the
Arabidopsis 2010 program) and the German Arabidopsis Functional Genomics
Network (AFGN), respectively, as well as through other scientific programs
from these government agencies. In an effort to establish collaborations
between U.S. and German functional genomics groups, an NSF grant has been
awarded to fund graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows from
NSF-supported U.S. laboratories engaged in Arabidopsis functional genomic
projects to spend up to three months in a host German laboratory.
In order to provide maximum opportunity and to represent as many projects as
possible, the program will provide for airfare (up to $1,000) and a nominal
subsistence allowance during the stay (up to $1,500/mo). The program has
sufficient resources to send 8-10 students per year to Germany and is funded
for two years beginning May 1, 2005. Of course individuals may wish to use,
and are encouraged to secure, additional funding to supplement the expenses
of their stay, to stay longer than the maximum 3 month period, or provide
other research related opportunities. All travel must be completed by
Awardees will be selected from those submitting a completed application
package (preferably in 1 PDF file) including:
1. A letter of nomination from the leader of the U.S. research group,
including the basis for candidate selection and the value of the experience
for the cooperating laboratories. There is a limit of one application per
group and applications by women and underrepresented minorities are strongly
2. A letter of agreement from the proposed German host laboratory approving
the proposed visit.
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
including information on past and current education and relevant research
and employment positions. (Follow the "Senior Personnel" guidelines, parts
a-d, located at <http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/gpg/nsf04_23/2.jsp#IIC2f>
5. A letter of application which should include how this proposed experience
addresses longer-term career goals of the applicant. A valid email address
for notification of application status must be included.
6. A draft itinerary including the estimated dates for the proposed research
Final selection will be determined by recommendations from The Multinational
Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC;
www.arabidopsis.org/info/2010_projects/index.jsp http) based on the
1. This program is targeted to postdoctoral fellows and graduate students
without substantial previous international research experience. Applicants
who have previously conducted research at the undergraduate or graduate
level outside of the United States will have lower priority.
2. Only postdoctoral fellows and graduate students who have completed at
least their first year of studies and have initiated their research project
expected to lead to the PhD (or its equivalent), will be considered. Level
of attainment of the applicant (i.e., how far along in their scientific
career) should be addressed by the PI in the letter of nomination.
3. Students must be working on a dissertation topic in the broad area of
Arabidopsis functional genomics and associated with a research group where
this is a significant part of the research goals of an NSF-funded program.
1. Suitability of the research to the goals of both the sponsor and host
research groups and its potential for longer-term interactions.
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.
US scientists interested in locating a German group and young German
scientists interested in a research exchange in the US are encouraged to
visit the DFG Arabidopsis Functional Genomics Network web site at
http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/plantphys/AFGN/ (select the 'Young Researcher
Exchange Program' link.)
Upcoming Proposal Deadlines:
2006: November 15th
2007: January 15th, March 15th
Application packages should be submitted electronically, either in MSWord or
Adobe PDF format, to Dr. Joanna Friesner, Coordinator of the Multinational
Arabidopsis Steering Committee (jdfriesner from stanford.edu). Applicants will
receive email acknowledgements of successful submission and notification of
the status of their application by the last day of the month following