The objective of the CASSS Frantisek Svec Fellowship for Innovative Studies is to introduce graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to the broad range of possibilities in the field of biopharmaceutical science and technology, by encouraging cross-training and innovative learning opportunities – and thereby helping build their capabilities to be a leader in the field.
Current graduate students enrolled in a program or post-doctoral researchers working in a discipline applicable to biopharmaceutical sciences, including protein and nucleic acid therapeutics, vaccines, cell therapy, and gene therapy, etc. It is open to participants from any geographic region who may apply to work or study in any location.
The fellowship will support innovative learning opportunities. The application will be judged on creativity of the applicant to utilize the fellowship funds to extend their research program to an aspect beyond its current scope. The funds should be applied to academic and scholarly purposes, not commercialization of discoveries of their current research. Examples of suitable activities would include enrollment in training courses (e.g., a Cold Spring Harbor training course, extended study in an academic or industrial laboratory, internship with a pharmaceutical regulatory agency or health care delivery organization). The project should be realistic in scale – e.g., attend a specialized training program, not launch a 6-month research expedition to Antarctica. Applicants should note that the above examples are just that, examples, and are encouraged to think outside the box and design novel learning activities that will both serve their own development and potentially provide models for future training programs.
Applicants may apply for up to $5,000. Funds may be used to pay enrollment fees, travel, living expenses, and materials that support the objective of the fellowship application. Funds may not be used to pay institutional overhead at the applicants’ current institution.*
If the proposal includes work or study at another laboratory or institution, a letter of acceptance or permission from the site of the fellowship must be included with the application.
FOLLOW-UP AND REPORTING
• Awardees are required to write a 1-page report of what was accomplished (goals, milestones, what was accomplished or not and why/why not) and summary of how the funds were spent.
• Awardees are required to participate (e.g. present a poster or talk, co-lead a workshop, or facilitate a round-table, etc.) in a CASSS conference within 18 months of the conclusion of their project. The fellowship includes waived registration at said conference and travel and lodging reimbursement of up to $1,000 (which is not part of the original $5000). At the conference, the awardee will be assigned a conference “mentor” who will help introduce the awardee to the conference community, be recognized as a Fellowship recipient, and invited to the speaker networking dinner (if there is one).
The application will include a project description (not to exceed two pages) which describes how the project is responsive to the program objective, the applicant’s qualifications to carry out the project and how the applicant will apply the knowledge gained through completion of the project.
In addition to the project description, the applicant should include:
• Two-page CV detailing degree(s) held or in progress, related publications, presentations and other relevant information.
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor or supervisor.
• Letter of acceptance from the laboratory or organization, if the recipient plans to spend time in another laboratory.
• Brief summary of how the awarded funds will be spent.
Applications for 2017 are due by September 30, 2016. Please include the above information in an email to CASSS’ Executive Director at sflores (at) casss.org. Be sure to state “Svec Fellowship Request” in the email subject.
All eligible requests will be reviewed by the CASSS Academic Committee. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decisions in November, 2016. Funds will be disbursed in December 2016 – January 2017.
*The program is a fellowship not a scholarship. Scholarship typically pays tuition and fees at the institution to support the students’ academic program. Fellowship can be applied to other aspects for academic and career development.