16 December 2019.



(Fully Funded)


Young Scientist Seminars Competition

The Young Scientist Seminars (YSS) is a video series produced by iBiology that features early-career scientists giving talks about their research and discoveries. As with all iBiology videos, the YSS videos are freely available online and widely viewed by an international audience of students, scientists, educators, and the public.

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The winners will be selected in two phases.

Phase 1 – Finalist SelectionTen to twenty finalists will be chosen based on their submitted application materials.

Phase 2 – Winner Selection: Finalists will give a 20-minute audition talk in English using video conference to iBiology staff. Information about the 20-minute talk, including the deadline and guidelines, will be supplied to the finalists before the audition. Four winners will be selected from the pool of finalists, based on both the science and clarity of the talks.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Biology

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Winners will participate in a week-long workshop to hone their communication skills and distill their research message.

  • Program will start late Spring 2020, exact date will be announced for winners.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • U.S. and international pre-doctoral graduate students (i.e. PhD candidates) and post-doctoral fellows in any field of the biological sciences are eligible to apply.
  • Although you are not required to be a PhD candidate to be eligible for the competition, your research story should be close to publication or have been recently published.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

  • Winners will receive an all-expenses paid tripto the University of California, San Francisco (late Spring 2020), where they will attend a multi-day science communication workshop led by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, in collaboration with iBiology. During the workshop, they will make improvements to their 30-minute research talks.
  • At the end of the workshop week, winners will record their improved 30-minute research talks in iBiology’s green screen studio. Studio-recorded talks will be posted on the iBiology website as part of the Young Scientist Seminars series.

How to Apply

First Step: Fill out the online application, click here

Second Step: Submit the following documents:

    • A short statement (3000 characters maximum, including spaces) explaining why you (the applicant) are applying to the YSS competition and how you would benefit from participating.
    • A 2-page CV or resume that highlights: research experience, scientific presentation experience and awards, and science communication, outreach or education activities.
    • A short written description (3000 characters maximum, including spaces) of the scientific discovery that you (the applicant) would like to share on camera and its importance, for a non-expert but scientific audience.
    • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member that comments on the applicant’s scientific merit and communication skills.Recommenders should send a signed letter of recommendation as a PDF attachment to with “[APPLICANT LAST NAME, FIRST INITIAL]” in the subject line. Recommendation letters must be received by the application deadline for full consideration.


  • You can access a PDF version of the application Here.
  • Except for the letter of recommendation, application materials will NOT be accepted via email.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Osama Mohamed/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Merna Esmail / Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team