The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds - Travel grants for junior researchers

The application period is open for one or more cycles a year
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Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year


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  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Worldwide


The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awards Travel Grants to junior researchers who are currently conducting an experimental project in basic biomedical research and wish to pursue a short-term research stay or attend a practical course of up to 3 months.



  • to learn clearly-defined methods useful for your ongoing research and the work of your research group at home by visiting another laboratory, or by attending research-orientated courses including practical training (the practical part has to cover at least  50% of the course);
  • to enable graduates from abroad and their potential PhD supervisors to evaluate the scientific and personal prerequisites before embarking on a PhD thesis. To this end, the graduate student shall pursue a short project in his/her potential PhD supervisor’s laboratory for at least 4 weeks.

Applications may be submitted at any time. To allow sufficient time for the selection procedure, applications should reach the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds at least 6 weeks before the planned date of departure.

How to apply 
The application should be completed in English and by the applicant personally. The data and documents required are listed under application.

Our Guiding Principles

Science is our passion.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) is a public foundation - an independent, non-profit organization for the exclusive and direct promotion of basic research in biomedicine. We support up-and-coming junior scientists whose research projects experimentally elucidate the basic phenomena of human life, and organize two International Titisee Conferences per year. We are convinced that great scientific ideas and developments need a stimulating context, freedom and a sound financial fundament. At BIF, we do our best to provide all these for our fellows in our programmes.

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Description of Ideal Candidate

Who Can Apply for a Travel Grant?

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awards travel grants to European citizens working in Europe and overseas, and to non-European citizens who perform their MD, PhD or postdoctoral project in Europe, or will use the travel grant to work in Europe. Applicants must pursue an experimental project in basic biomedical research and belong to one of the following groups of junior scientists:

  • PhD students or medical students pursuing an experimental doctoral thesis;
  • postdocs who are pursuing a particular research project;
  • graduates from abroad who have applied for a PhD project, but who have not yet worked with their potential PhD supervisor.

Whether you are eligible to apply for a travel grant, depends on when you received your university entrance qualification (see also documents required for your application):

  • for PhD and MD students as well as graduates the university entrance qualification must not have been obtained more than 11 years ago at the time of the envisaged research visit/course;
  • for postdocs the university entrance qualification must not have been obtained more than 13 years ago at the time of the envisaged research visit/course.

Travel grants are awarded only for practical trainings in laboratories or courses of up to 3 months. They cannot be used for longer research stays.

We do not support

  • attendance of conferences, symposia and workshops without practical training (if you are a BIF fellow, please refer to Personal Support);
  • clinical electives or practical courses during university education;
  • clinical studies;
  • applied research, such as diagnostic, biotechnological and pharmaceutical development (e.g. optimization and screening of therapeutically active substances) or studies on the course of diseases or the treatment of symptoms;
    should you not be sure whether your project is within our funding scope, please send us a short summary of your project (about 0.5 page;;
  • botanical and prokaryotic investigations unless they are of general biological importance;


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants

Conditions for Travel Grants

Researchers can be awarded one travel grant during a period of 12 months.

A travel grant can be awarded only if the host institute covers all research-related costs and – in case of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers – if the home institution continues to pay the applicant’s salary.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds must be notified if an application is submitted to any other research-sponsoring institution. Should an applicant take up a grant from another institution, the foundation must also be notified immediately. Please note that only written notification is legally binding and that the decisions of the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds are incontestable.

The travel grant expires if not taken up within 6 months of notification.

On accepting the travel grant, the grant holder agrees to the following conditions

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds does not intervene in the work of its grant holders who in turn are obligated to make proper use of the allocated funds. If a grant holder changes the subject, length, or location of the planned training or is unable to perform the training, he/she must inform the foundation immediately. The foundation can then adjust the grant accordingly.

The awarded grant sum is based on the information provided in the application. The grant holder is obligated to inform the foundation about any changes in his/her regular income (e.g. PhD or postdoc salary or fellowship).

A Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds travel grant may not be held while receiving a grant from another funding organization. For courses supplementary funding from the institution organizing the course might be acceptable.

Travel grants of the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds do not constitute any form of employment. In Germany (EStG § 3 No. 44), and in countries that maintain a double-taxation agreement with Germany, travel grants are exempt from tax. A travel grant is not considered to be remuneration as defined by Article 14 of the German Social Law IV and is therefore not liable to social insurance. Provision of laws governing formation of capital, saving premiums and residential building premiums do not apply.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds does not provide any kind of insurance for its grant holders. They must insure themselves against any possible costs and consequences caused by illness, accident, personal liability, etc.

Every grant holder must submit:

  • a final report on the scientific and personal benefits of the training, signed by the awardee, about 2 months after returning home. The scientific part (about 3–4 pages) should comprise aim, performed experiments, and results (if applicable);
  • reprints of any publication prepared with the foundation's assistance. Funding by the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds must be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the publication.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds reserves the right to reclaim any surplus payment or money paid in error. The foundation also reserves the right to retract or adjust the size of the grant for any sound reason. The latter includes budgetary constraints. Furthermore, the foundation may cancel the travel grant and demand repayment if the financial support was obtained under false pretenses or not used for the intended purpose, if the obligation to submit the final report is not fulfilled, or for any other sound reason.

To process applications and to provide continuous support, the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds gathers and electronically stores the data submitted by applicants. These data include personal information (name, address, date of birth, nationality, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of the applicants) as well as information on the project and the support granted.

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