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The 2020 HFSP Fellowships

HFSP raises the value of its fellowship awards granted to 65 young researchers that will challenge traditional thinking by investigating behavioural computation, genomics of fear memories, the dynamics of the blood stem cell niche, or building a new super-resolution microscope.

The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) announced today the 65 Fellowship awards to the world’s most outstanding young life scientists, chosen through rigorous international selection out of a total of 597 applications from more than 50 countries. The HFSP fellows will begin their research in a new field of biology in a laboratory in a new country, in accord with HFSPO’s aim of promoting international collaboration in life science research.

HFSP Long-Term Fellowships are for postdoctoral scientists in biology. A total of 50 Long-Term Fellowships will be awarded to the very best of the world’s young scientists who have proposed original approaches at the frontier of life science research.

HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships support 15 young scientists with a non-life science PhD degree such as chemistry or physics. These fellows will make a bold change in research direction by leaving their non-biological realm to embark on research that is at the interface of biology and neighboring disciplines.

HFSP’s Fellowships enjoy an excellent reputation and offer a built-in return component. Starting in their second year of tenure, HFSP fellows can draw up plans for setting up their own independent laboratory. Fellows can then use the remaining time of their tenure to move to the new location. By increasing the fellowship value to about $225,000 spread over three years HFSP provides these outstanding young talents with an enhanced financial package to back their career in frontier research.


The lists of all 2020 HFSP awards are available at

The Human Frontier Science Program is an international program of research support implemented by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) based in Strasbourg, France. Its aims are to promote intercontinental collaboration and training in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research focused on the life sciences. HFSPO receives financial support from the governments or research councils of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, the UK, the USA, as well as from the European Union.

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