Wood Whelan Research Fellowships

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Grant amount: Up to US $4,000

Next deadline: Apr 1, 2020

Later deadlines: Oct 1, 2020

Applicant type: Unaffiliated Researcher Graduate Student Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship, Conference

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Argentina; Armenia; Australia; Bangladesh; Belarus Show all

Age restriction: No more than 35 years of age

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within a few years of receiving their PhD

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Established in 1983 with funds provided by an appeal among the world's biochemists for the purpose of granting short-term fellowships to young biochemists to carry out research and training in a laboratory other than their own. This was named after Harland Wood, former General Secretary and President of IUB, and William Whelan, former General Secretary of IUB and former President of IUBMB. Additions to the funds were made by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ($10,000 in 1997, $20,000 in 1998) and by a donation from William Whelan ($18,000 in 2001).

The Wood-Whelan Research Fellowships are designed to support young biochemists and molecular biologists, from countries that are full or associate members of IUBMB who need to travel to other laboratories in the IUBMB region for the purpose of carrying out experiments that require special techniques or for other forms of scientific collaboration or advanced training.

Note: applications in English can be submitted at any time but they should reach the Chairman of the Committee at least two months before the intended visit to the host laboratory.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be residents of countries that are members of IUBMB. Check here.
  • Applicants should generally be graduate students or young researchers under the age of 35.
  • The fellowships will be awarded for travel lasting 1-4 months.
  • A fellowship is intended to cover travel and incidental costs, as well as living expenses, to a maximum of $4,000.
  • Travel costs will provide for the:
    • cheapest airfare available;
    • incidental expenses directly related to the travel, local bus fares to and from airport; and
    • a hotel charge for one night at airport if well substantiated.


  • A fellowship cannot be used to supplement scientific visits otherwise fully covered.

  • Fellowships will not be awarded to attend courses, symposia, meetings or congresses.

  • The costs do not cover insurance or research expenses at the laboratory to be visited.
  • Applications from individuals who have received a Wood-Whelan Fellowship previously are discouraged.