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2 February 2002
International Foundation for Ethical Research Alternatives in Scientific Research

The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) is pleased to announce the availability of Graduate Fellowships in Alternatives In Scientific Research. IFER is dedicated to the development and implementation of scientifically valid alternatives to the use of animals in research, product testing, and education. IFER is also committed to programs designed to increase public awareness of such alternatives. The purpose of these Graduate Fellowships in Alternatives in Scientific Research is to provide monetary assistance to graduate students whose programs of study seem likely to have an impact in one or more of these areas.


The fellowships will provide $12,500 annually in stipendiary support and $2,500 for supplies per year. The fellowships are renewable annually for up to 3 years. Continued funding is dependent on student progress and availability of funds.


In return for funding, IFER expects:
* annual progress reports,
* acknowledgment of support in publications and formal presentations,
* copies of all publications,
* a copy of the thesis or dissertation including a special section detailing the relevance of the work to IFER's goals and replacement, reduction, refinement and responsibility (the 4 R's) as they relate to the use of animals in research, product testing, and education.

In addition, the student's graduate advisory committee must (as possible) contain one member with particular interest or expertise in animal welfare.


Application is open to students enrolled in Master's and Ph.D. programs in the sciences, humanities, psychology, and journalism.

Sample Areas of Interest

IFER has supported research in the following areas. However, this list is not intended to be exhaustive.
* Tissue, cell, and organ cultures
* Clinical studies using animals or humans
* Epidemiological studies
* Enhanced use of existing tissue repositories and patient databases
* Public education
* Computer modeling


Application Deadline March 15

Submit a proposal that meets the following guidelines:
1. Application may be submitted by a faculty member for an identified student or a student to be named. Graduate student applicants must have an identified faculty sponsor.
2. Include a descriptive title.
3. Include an abstract of no more than 100 words.
4. Include a brief (no more than 2 typewritten pages) description of the proposed graduate project and how it will affect the 4 R's directly or enhance public awareness of the 4 R's.
5. Include a specific description of the proposed project (no more than 2 typewritten pages) including the methods used for evaluation of student performance and progress and a plan for dissemination of relevant knowledge during and after performance of the project.
6. Include a bibliography citing relevant source materials.
7. Provide a 2-page curriculum vitae for the faculty sponsor.
8. Provide a brief description of your organization and the facilities available for this project.
Our greatest interest is in how the proposed project will enhance the student's involvement in issues of animal welfare and how the project's outcome will affect the use of animals in research, product testing, and education. Please keep this in mind when preparing your application, and please be specific.

Send application materials to:

Animal Welfare Fellowships
The International Foundation for Ethical Research
53 West Jackson Boulevard
Suite 1552
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Further information may be obtained from Mr. Peter O'Donovan, Executive Director, IFER (312) 427-6025

or email: <[email protected]>

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