Announcement of a New “Travel for Expertise” Travel Grant Program

April 23, 2020Gender Equality Committee (GEC)


IUIS Committee on Gender Equality (GEC) is announcing a new travel grant: Travel for Expertise.

Three to five grants will be awarded to applicants from developing countries to travel internationally to laboratories fighting COVID-19 to learn special techniques or use special instrumentations for their ongoing or soon to begin COVID-19 projects.

The grants will provide $2,000 for travel and $500 per week for living expenses for two weeks (with a possible third week if justified in the proposal).  Eligible applicants are PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and clinical fellows involved or expected to be involved in COVID-19 research upon return to their institutions.

Applications are due by June 30, 2020.  They should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Two-page description of the project for which additional expertise is needed
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter from the supervisor of the home institution
  • Letter from the head of the host lab agreeing to host and train the applicant 

Examples of eligible projects include preclinical and clinical work on COVID-19 vaccines, development of immunological assays, understanding and targeting of inflammatory pathways, ageing and immunity, anti-viral immunity, immune modulation and other innovative immune approaches to understanding, diagnosing and treating COVID-19.

Applicants interested in this opportunity should immediately contact laboratories of interest to secure their agreement in time for the application deadline.

Please address your application to Prof. Narinder Mehra at

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