Grants for junior researchers from low-income countries


The IUSSI holds an International Congress every four years. The next Congress will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark on 8-14th August 2010. The IUSSI believes strongly in supporting junior biologists, passionate about social insect biology.  It recognizes that junior researchers must be given every opportunity to engage with, and present their science to, the best social insect scientists from around the world. Moreover, the Union is sympathetic to the financial constraints imposed on junior researchers, especially for those from countries of low income. It is therefore with great pleasure that the 2010 Congress Organizing Committee announces that they are able to award up to 50 stipends to enable promising young researchers from low-income countries to participate in the Congress. Beneficiaries will be young researchers who demonstrate exceptional promise in their work, and show the potential to obtain academic research & teaching positions in their home countries or abroad.

Details of the Grants

The grant will consist of a complete congress fee waiver (DKK 2800.00 - approximately US$560). Travel costs will not be covered. However, a contribution to the cost of hostel accommodation can be requested by the applicant.


  1. Beneficiaries must be resident nationals of low or middle-income countries. Beneficiaries settled in or on a scholarship in Western Europe, North America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or any developed country regardless of their country of origin will not be eligible.

  2. Beneficiaries should normally have completed (or submitted) their PhD thesis (but see below).

  3. Beneficiaries should normally be within 5 years of having received their PhD (but see below).

  4. Beneficiaries should be competent in written and spoken scientific English.

  5. Beneficiaries should show evidence of potential for a career in academic research and teaching positions relevant to the interests of the IUSSI community.

  6. Beneficiaries should also apply to present a poster or talk on their own research at the Congress.

Application procedure

Applicants should fill out the PDF application form downloadable from this web site, and follow the on-screen instructions for completion and submission. For this procedure to work, you will need to have the free Adobe Reader 8 or higher installed on your computer. If your computer cannot run this software, please contact the IUSSI2010 grants committee. The form is distributed as a ZIP archive, so please also make sure that you have software capable of expaning this archive.

Grant application form

Applications must be submitted by 1st February 2010, using the submission process built into the form. Successful applicants will be notified by email before 1st March 2010. All decisions of the grants committee are final, and no correspondence can be entered into after decisions have been made.


All queries about these grants should be directed to the IUSSI2010 grants committee.


Low- and middle income countries are those listed by the World Bank.
A list of the currently applicable countries is available
N.B. we have now also included those defined as upper-middle income by the World Bank.

Under exceptional circumstances we will consider awarding grants Masters' and Ph.D. sudents, and to middle-career scientists (5-10 years postdoc experience), especially to those who train young people. In such cases a strong case must be made for why financial support is required, and the benefit that the candidate is likely to gain from attending the congress.

Last updated: Thursday, February 18, 2010