The positive public response to the "Futur" fund-raising campaign launched by IRB Barcelona towards the end of 2016 sets the stage for a new "IRB Barcelona Futur PhD Fellowship".
The fellowship will allow a young researcher to join an IRB Barcelona lab to do a 4-year doctoral thesis.
Today, the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) has announced the launch of the “IRB Barcelona Futur” PhD fellowship, which will allow a young student to kick start a scientific career by undertaking a 4-year doctoral thesis in the centre.
The fellowship has come about thanks to the fund-raising campaign with the same name that began in December 2016 with the aim to increase public awareness of biomedical research and PhD training. (See the video here, subtitles in English)
During the two-month campaign, #IRBFuturo has raised more than 10,000 euros from numerous donations and the support of the sponsoring companies Merck, Promega, and Waters. All the proceeds will be channelled into the fellowship, which will be topped up by PhD training funds from the centre itself.
Joan J. Guinovart, director of IRB Barcelona, considers the campaign “a good starting point," and explains, "Our initiative has been embraced by many people and this is gratifying. It is important to convey the message that research can benefit everyone and that it therefore deserves to be supported".
In June the centre will announce the beneficiary of the first fellowship, who will be selected from the students that applied to the 2017 PhD Programme. “IRB Barcelona Futur” becomes a permanent initiative through which to channel donations from those who expressly wish to support young researchers. In this regard, donations can be made through the IRB Futur webpage, which provides information and describes the various ways in which donations can be made.
Given the focus of “IRB Barcelona Futur” on training and the interest that this activity has received on the part of schools around Catalonia, IRB Barcelona will continue to direct efforts to mobilize Parents’ Associations, with the aim to bring biomedical research closer to young people while at the same time engage schools in activities designed to support research.