Young Scientist Program 2024 (YSP2024) Fellowship


On behalf of the Biomolecular Horizons 2024: Discover, Create, Innovate Organising Committee we are delighted to invite early career researchers to participate in the Young Scientist Program (YSP2024), taking place in the Macedon Ranges, Australia from Friday 20- Sunday 22 September 2024.  

YSP2024 will bring together outstanding PhD candidates and early career researchers (<10 years post-PhD) from the FAOBMB region and IUBMB member countries for a 2-day scientific and networking program, prior to the Biomolecular Horizons 2024: Discover, Create, Innovate Congress. 

During the 2-day scientific and networking program, the outstanding young scientists will have the opportunity to disseminate their research to an international audience, build their global network with peers, and promote their scientific career. As well as presentations from all participants, YSP2024 will include extensive networking opportunities and career-focused workshops. All participants will receive a Travel Fellowship to support their participation at both YSP2024 and Biomolecular Horizons 2024: Discover, Create, Innovate

We encourage applications from diverse communities! 

Dr Gabby Watson and Dr Debnath Ghosal
Co-chairs - Young Scientist Program

Expected number of awards:
35 participants

Key Dates:

Open for applications1 September 2023                                                                               
Deadline for application submission29 February 2024 NOW EXTENDED TO 8 MARCH 2024
Announcement of selected participants30 April 2024
YSP202420-22 September 2024

  • Accommodation provided (in shared rooms) during YSP2024. This includes 1 night accommodation in Melbourne (19 September 2024) prior to YSP at Macedon Ranges (20-22 September 2024)
  • Return bus from Melbourne to YSP2024 (Macedon Ranges)
  • Registration fee waiver for the Biomolecular Horizons 2024: Discover, Create, Innovate Congress from 22-26 September 2024. 
Travel fellowship that contributes towards: 
A return airfare (economy class) from the applicant’s place of residence to Melbourne, Australia 
- Accommodation for the Biomolecular Horizons 2024: Discover, Create, Innovate (22-26 September 2024)

Program Overview:
  • Presentations from invited Keynote Speakers
  • Oral presentations from all YSP participants
  • Whelan Young Investigator Award
  • Social excursions and activities

Applicants should: 
  • Be PhD candidates or early career scientists of no more than 10 years post-PhD experience.
  • Be a member of the relevant National Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology that is an Adhering Body or Associate Adhering Body of IUBMB, or be a member of FAOBMB, or have the sponsorship of a member of such a Society. 
    - Examples of included societies are FEBS (Europe), FASBMB (Africa), PABMB (North & South America).
    - Sponsorship is for PhD candidates that are not yet a member of a society.
    - For more information on IUBMB and FAOBMB memberships, please visit the IUBMB and FAOBMB websites, where you will find the list of countries that have IUBMB or FAOBMB Constituent Societies or that are FAOBMB Associated Members, as well as contact information.
  • NOT have previously attended an IUBMB or FAOBMB Young Scientist Program

Documents required for submission:
  1. Completed application form (please click here to download the application form)
  2. Curriculum Vitae (Education, Career experience, Awards received, Publications, Research Outputs)
  3. Statement of Purpose
  4. Abstract that you plan to submit for presentation at Biomolecular Horizons 2024: Discover, Create, Innovate 
  5. Two letters of recommendation.
  6. Certification of your current membership in a relevant National Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, provided by the Secretary or other responsible officer of that Society.
    - If you do not have a valid related Society membership, please contact your organisation.
    - If a PhD student is being sponsored by a member of a Society, include the certification of the sponsor’s membership, AND a signed letter from the sponsor confirming their agreement to be the sponsor. 
  7. Statement of achievement relative to opportunity (note: this attachment is optional)
  8. A return airfare quote (economy class) to Melbourne, Australia from your place of residence in US dollars

Make your submission:

All of the above documents should be merged into a single PDF file.  The filename should be saved as follows: Application for YSP2024_Lastname_Firstname.PDF

The assembled PDF file must be sent by email ( by 5 pm 29 February 2024 (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time AEDT) NOW EXTENDED TO 5PM 8 MARCH 2023 AEDT

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