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Vaadia-BARD Postdoctoral Fellowship

Fellowships to USA and Israel Postdoctoral
Fellows for Agricultural Sciences Research

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Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD)

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Fellowships to USA and Israel postdoctoral fellows to carry out agricultural sciences and technology research. The goal of this program is to support cooperative agricultural research by placing postdoctoral fellows from one country with established scientists at host institutions in the other. Recipients will travel to the host country to carry out their research.

The Vaadia-BARD Postdoctoral Fellowship program is designed to identify and support young scientists who will eventually become leaders in agricultural sciences and technologies in universities and research institutions in the United States and Israel. The primary objective of the fellowship is to enable these young scientists to acquire new skills and techniques while becoming professionally established in the agricultural research community.

BARD gives preference to applicants with innovative research topics that are relevant to agricultural issues. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic excellence in their field of study. Such excellence should be reflected in the application. Measures of performance include indicators of productivity (e.g., publications, presentations at scientific meetings), indicators of meritorious impact on the field of study (participation in scientific societies, awards and recognitions, proven teaching achievements) and other indications of a commitment to excellence in the discipline.

Only one mentor and institution can be named by the applicant and a given mentor may apply with only one applicant each year.

BARD views the mentor as the key to the postdoctoral fellow's success. The mentor provides the physical and the intellectual environment required for a productive experience.

Metrics reflective of excellence in research include:
-The record of publications in peer reviewed journals
-Success in the acquisition of external research support
-Invited presentations at other institutions or at conferences
-Prior experience in successful mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
-Service contributions to the broader research enterprise (i.e. training grants, service on review panels and other committees, editorial responsibilities with scholastic journals, etc.)

Generally, evidence of excellence is also reflected in the international impact of the mentor's activities. BARD considers it to be essential that the mentor has excellent credentials and the necessary resources to enrich the experience and expertise of the postdoctoral fellow, thereby ensuring that s/he is best prepared to make long term contributions to agriculture through research, teaching and/or outreach.

Evaluation focuses on:
-Scientific background and productivity of the applicant and mentor
-Relevance and quality of the proposed research to agricultural sciences and technologies

Scientific achievements and qualifications of the applicant are of primary importance. These, together with service and training contributions of the mentor, are also considered. The relevance of the proposed research to agriculture, though not necessarily its immediate applicability, is given considerable weight. Proposed research that is peripheral to BARD's agricultural mission or that will be undertaken in an inappropriate research environment will be given lower priority.

Health Insurance:
As health insurance in the US is a significant expense, Israeli recipients traveling to the US are encouraged to inquire with their host institution and mentor regarding the available options.

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GrantWatch ID#: 138364

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award is $37,000, including travel expenses. In the event that the fellow has dependents (spouse, child/ren), BARD will pay an $8,000 dependents allowance, making the total award $45,000.

If two members of a given household receive fellowships simultaneously, the amount of the award for either or both of these fellows will be adjusted.

Term of Contract:

BARD postdoctoral fellowships are for a period of one year; however BARD sees a two-year postdoctoral period as an optimum. Therefore, successful applicants, with the agreement of their mentor, become eligible for a second year of funding wherein the funding is shared on a matching basis between BARD and the host lab.

Continuation of the fellowship for the second year is, thus, dependent upon the readiness of the host laboratory to fund 50% of the fellowship’s second year award and of the candidate to continue her/his research.

The award is to be initiated no later than December 31st of the award year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Citizens of Israel and of USA, who will have fulfilled all the requirements for a Ph.D. degree in their home country within three years prior to the initiation of the fellowship, are eligible to apply.

The BARD fellowship is not available for the continuation of any existing fellowship in the other country or concurrent to another fellowship.

For one year following the conclusion of the fellowship, recipients are ineligible to submit a BARD research proposal in which they are the PI or Co-PI affiliated with an institution in the host country. They may submit as a PI or Co-PI only if affiliated with an institution in their home country. Fellows can submit as a collaborating investigator with affiliation from either country.

Dual Citizens: The eligibility of persons enjoying dual citizenship in the USA and Israel will be considered on an individual case basis by BARD; such potential applicants should contact BARD before applying.

Pre-Application Information:

Funds from other sources cannot exceed 50% of the grant awarded by BARD.

Dual citizens must contact BARD before applying.

The next submission deadline for postdoctoral applicants is January 15, 2018.

The Executive Director notifies all applicants in writing of the decision of the Board of Directors during the month of May following the submission.

The recipient must inform BARD of acceptance of the award within two months of notification.

The award is paid directly to the fellow.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Nitsan Singer, Projects Administrator

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