90 CASCADE Fellowships for International Researchers in Life Sciences, 2015

Publish Date: Apr 09, 2015

Deadline: Apr 30, 2015

Applications are invited for CASCADE Fellowships available for international researchers. These fellowships are awarded in Life Sciences disciplines for 24 months programme. By the closing date for application, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, research or study) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the previous three years. Fellows will be paid at market rates as well as receiving financial support for carrying out research and a travel/mobility allowance. 

Fellowships are awarded in Life Sciences including any of the following fields: Bioenergetics, Biological membranes, Biomedicine, Public Health & Epidemiology, Cancer Research, Cell Biology, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Developmental Biology, Enzymology, Genetic Engineering, Genomics and General Genetics, Immunology, Macromolecular Structures and Molecular Biophysics, Medical Pathology, Metabolic Regulation and Signal Transduction, Metabolism of Cellular Macromolecules, Microbiology and Parasitology, Neurosciences (including Pyschiatry and Clinical Psychology), Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology, Virology and Other Life Sciences (this includes areas such as Mental Health.

Fellowships are available for undertaking research project.
Scholarship Provider: Fellowships are cofunded by the EU through FP7 Marie Curie Actions – People, Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND).
Scholarship can be taken at: Overseas
Applicants must fulfill all the programme criteria below by the closing date for applications:

-Only experienced researchers are eligible for the programme. This means that you must have a full PhD degree by the closing date of the call under which you are applying, or be able to prove four years’ full-time equivalent research experience after obtaining the degree which would formally entitle you to embark on a doctorate either in the country where the degree was obtained or the country in which you wish to carry out your research project.
-You must have successfully defended your PhD thesis (i.e. passed your viva) by the closing date for applications.

-Important: Under the rules for Marie Curie Actions a medical doctor (MD) qualification is not considered equivalent to a PhD.

-At the closing date for applications you must not have lived or carried out your main activity (work, research or study) in the country of your Host Organisation for more than 12 months in the previous three years.
-If you are not an EU/Associated Country citizen, you will only be eligible if your Host Organisation is located in an EU state or Associated Country. Applications from Third Country citizens to work with Host Organisations in a Third Country will be rejected automatically.
-The EU Member states are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
-The Associated Countries are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Faroe Islands, FYR Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey.
-If your application is successful, you must be able to start your Fellowship within six months of notification of acceptance from the Programme Office, including any time needed for a visa application.
CASCADE-FELLOWS offer exciting career opportunities in a stimulating workplace for young experienced researchers in Life Sciences, including the fields of endocrine disruptors, nuclear receptor research and health risk assessment. You will be able to choose the research topic, destination and research group for your Fellowship freely provided your proposal can provide sufficient evidence that it will build European competitiveness and it falls within the field of Life Sciences.
The maximum project length that can be funded under this programme is 24 months.


Applicants will receive a salary (the exact figure will depend on the country your Host Organisation is in, plus a monthly travel/mobility allowance (€500 per month if you have no dependents, €700 if you have dependents). Your Host Organisation will also make a fixed allowance of €8900 available to cover your research costs, but they cannot use this to pay for equipment or to cover the salaries of technicians or other staff to help you in your research.

The evaluation process will be completed within four months of the closing date of the Call.
-The week after the close of the Call, the Programme Office at the University of Nottingham will check that your application fulfils all the eligibility criteria.
-They will check that:
-your application is complete and has all the necessary sections
-you have an appropriate level of research experience
-you meet the mobility requirements
Results will be announced by 30 August 2015.
The application process for CASCADE-FELLOWS is online only. The application portal is only accessible during the period that a call is open. To submit an application you need to register as an applicant. You can then access the online forms in the secure area. If you have difficulty accessing your account, please contact Sandra Winfield (link sends e-mail). Your application needs to consist of:

-Your CV information (online form)
-Your research proposal (online form)
-A  statement on how taking part in the programme will contribute to your Personal Career Development
-A completed Ethics table (online form)
-Two academic references
-Any additional information, including a scanned copy of your PhD
-A list of up to five impartial subject matter experts in your chosen field of research
-Before the start of your Fellowship you must also supply a formal signed agreement from your Host Organisation that they agree to host you as a Fellow according to the rules of the programme and will support 60% of your Fellowship costs. This must be printed on the official letterhead of the Host Organisation and signed by an authorised representative. Please note that the 60% contribution to funding must be from non-EU sources. You may submit this agreement at any point during the application process: we encourage you to obtain it as soon as possible.

-Your data is stored securely and you can only access it when logged in. You may save a draft of your application on the system and return to work on it at any point before the final closing date for the Call. It will not be submitted to us until you select the submit option.
The third and final call is open from 30 January 2015–30 April 2015.


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