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Travel grants: Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) rewards travel grants of up to three months to MD and Ph.D. scholars and postdoc researchers from all over the globe. The foundation supports the scholars if they carry out experimental projects in basic biomedical research and want to follow short-term study stays or attend practical courses related to their projects in Europe or overseas. The foundation also supports graduate students and their prospective supervisors to appraise the scientific and personal fit before starting a Doctoral project overseas. The duration of travel grants is up to three months. As a part of the grants, the selected scholar may visit another laboratory and attend research-orientated courses, with the practical part making up at least 50% of the course. Doctoral candidates and the prospective supervisor can also use the course to evaluate the scientific and personal fit before the commencement of a project in another country by funding a research stay of one to three months in the supervisor’s laboratory.


  • Applicants at present must be pursuing an experimental project in basic biomedical research focused on explaining basic biological phenomena of human life and gaining new scientific knowledge.
  • The Ph.D. students, medical students during their Ph.D. thesis, and postdoctoral candidates may be funded by this grant. 
  • Also, research visits of graduates who have applied for a Ph.D. project abroad but have not yet worked with their prospective Ph.D. supervisor and have not yet obtained a Ph.D. position (hereafter called Ph.D. candidates) may be supported.
  • The grants are open to European nationals working in Europe and abroad and to non-European residents who perform their MD, Ph.D., or postdoctoral project in Europe or will use the grant to research in Europe.

The application is divided into two parts (to be written in English):

  1. An online application form &
  2. A *pdf copy of the following documents:
  • Copy of certificates of all examinations in sequential order (newest first)*
  • Copy of high school diploma/school leaving certificate and university entrance test (if applicable)*
  • Letter of acceptance on official letterhead from the guide of the host laboratory affirming that the host institute will cover research-related costs for the research stay 
  • A letter from the course organizers comprising details of tuition fees and other costs
  • A Letter of recommendation
  • A letter from the current research project supervisor stating that the salary will be continued during the absence
  • The candidate should provide proof of expenses (quotes, no links) for travel, economical accommodation, and for course fees (if applicable). 


Deadline: apply at least six weeks before but not earlier than six months before the planned departure date.


* translation is required if the language in documents is other than English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, or Turkish.

Quick Overview

Type: Travel Grants
Location: Germany
Eligibility: PhD, Postdoctoral
Other Info: Visit Website

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