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Since 2008, the “la Caixa” Foundation –which is one of the top ten foundations in the world regarding budget and business volume– grants 10 four-year fellowships for students to study a PhD at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona.

The fellowships, with a total stipend of 121,000 euros gross, are aimed at students from Spain and abroad who are committed to scientific excellence and have exceptional potential for the future.

The deadline to apply for these fellowships is 17 January 2011. A shortlist will be selected in mid-February and candidates will be invited to have a personal interview in Barcelona. The fellows will be announced officially in May.

Fellows will be able to focus their thesis on one of the five areas the CRG specializes in. For this call for projects, internationally renowned researchers have already shown interest in incorporating students into their teams:

  • Bioinformatics and genomics: Roderic Guigó (who has recently collaborated with the Biocat International Center for Scientific Debate) and Gian Gaetano Tartaglia
  • Cell and developmental biology: Manuel Mendoza, Hernan López-Schier and Jerome Solon
  • Differentiation and cancer: Salvador Aznar and Maria Pia Cosma
  • Gene regulation: Fatima Gebauer and Juan Valcarcel
  • Genes and disease: Stephan Ossowski
  • Systems biology: James Sharpe, Ben Lehner, Mark Isalo and Johannes Jaeger

"la Caixa" selected the CRG to participate in this program for the level of excellence and interdisciplinary nature of their research projects, their international scientific teams and the quality of their technological equipment.


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