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
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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