There were a record number of applicants for travel fellowships to attend the Global Biobank Week (GBW) conference to be held in Stockholm from the 13-15 September 2017. A total of 36 applications were received from scientists in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) around the world. In general, the standard of the applications was very high.
In response to the large number of deserving applications, the organisers (BBMRI-ERIC, ESBB and ISBER) increased the budget for travel fellowships and provided a total of 12 fellowships to awardees from the following countries: Egypt, India, Kyrgyz Republic, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sudan, Turkey, and Uganda. They will each receive up to 1000€ of financial support for travel and accomodation together with a full waiver of conference fees. In addition to these 12 travel fellowships, the organisers are also covering all expenses for 3 invited speakers from LMIC countries.
The purpose of these travel fellowships is to help raise the standards of biobanking in LMIC countries and to increase the reliability of biological sample analysis for a wide range of research studies.