Training to be a scientist is hard work, even under the most fortunate circumstances. Now image being displaced from your lab… Countless graduate students and postdocs have had their training interrupted through no fault of their own – in Ukraine as well as all around the world, scientists have been and sadly will continue to be, displaced by war, natural disaster, or other events beyond their control. I am incredibly grateful to be able to let you know that the IUBMB (the International Union for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) has launched a new fellowship program to financially assist these scientists in their relocation to a new lab. 

Applications for this Relocation Support for Displaced Trainees are now open – and will stay open for the foreseeable future – no deadlines. Instead, applications will be considered as they’re received and applicants will be notified within 7 days of submitting. Up to $2,000 USD per trainee will be granted to cover relocation costs. Full details on application requirements are available here: 

And here’s a link to the application form: https://iubmb.org/iubmb-relocation-support-for-displaced-trainees-application-form/ 

The biggest thing is that you need to have already identified a lab that will host you. That lab can be in any of the IUBMB regions. Here are a few lists of labs that are welcoming scientists displaced by the current crisis in Ukraine. 

Those sites also provide options to add your lab to their list. 

Even if you don’t have a lab to offer, there are ways you can help – yes you! Whomever you are. The IUBMB is collecting donations for their Relocation Support for Displaced Trainees fund. The more donations the IUBMB receives the more fellowships they will be able to award. Every bit helps so if you’re looking for a way to help, here’s a great way! They’re working to set up a specific donation website, so you can stay tuned for that (I will share once available) or you can write directly to IUBMB Secretariat charysse@iubmb.org to donate now. Donations will go straight to this program. Thanks in advance!

I’m so proud to be a part of the IUBMB and grateful to serve as an ambassador for an organization that is making such great use of its international reach. Our hearts sincerely go out to all those trainee scientists (and everyone) displaced under any circumstance – and “our” wallets too. I know that this is just a small drop in the bucket, but I hope this can help relieve a tiny bit of stress for recipients and help them continue fulfill their life goals, which so often in this field, are to help others. 

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