Call for Applications 2017 - Deadline is April 30, 2017!

About the BSIO Female Independency Award

What is the BSIO Female Independency Award?

The BSIO Award aims to support female researchers working in the field of cancer research who intent to start their own research group (that is, who are working as senior postdocs) or who have recently started their own research group as a group leader. It has been established to support women in science, especially during the transition phase from postdoc to group leader.

The BSIO Female Independency Award is one of the measures that have been created by the BSIO graduate school to increase the number of women in leading positions in academia.

What does the BSIO Independency Award include?

The Award includes a grant of 50.000 € (which can be used flexibly according to the working plan), an inspiring research environment as part of the BSIO graduate school and participation in a coaching and mentoring program.

The grant of 50.000 € represents a truely flexible one. It can for example be used for scientific projects (this includes comsumables; investments can only be financed in eceptional cases) or scientific event organization, but also structural measures supporting family-friendly working conditions, such as babysitting costs. The working plan needs to give a detailed description on how the grant will be used.

Who can apply for the BSIO Independency Award?

All female researchers

• working in the field of cancer research

• during their postdoc time or after having started their own research group

• from Berlin or Brandenburg based institutions

can apply for the award.

What is needed as part of the application?

The application should include:

• CV (including publication list)

• 2 reference letters

• one’s scientific vision for the upcoming three years (3-5 pages), including a brief description of the planned research project(s), a working plan and the use of the grant money (that is, in which way will the grant money be used in the framework of the scientific vision and the establishment of the own working group)

• a description on how the award would promote/help the candidate in her scientific career, that is, how would it contribute to overcoming potential barriers or critical phases in one's career. This also includes an information on why the award would be of specific relevance/support for the respective applicant (compared to others).



Please submit your application by email to Eleanor Eife-Horn (, you can also contact Eleanor Eife-Horn in case of questions.

The selection process includes the following steps:

1) review of all applications by the BSIO steering committee

2) invitation of the best ranked applicants for a short talk of 7 minutes plus 5 minutes of discussion at an upcoming steering committee meeting - the meeting date will be communicated soon.