The “la Caixa” Foundation has announced and awarded fellowships for the 2021 call of their prestigious programme. Of the 110 doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships awarded this year, eleven have gone to researchers working at three BIST centres: ICFO, ICIQ, and IBEC.
Pelayo García de Arquer, Manuel Gessner, Allan Johnson, Georgia Papadakis, and Alejandro Turpín Avilés from ICFO, Katherine Villa, Fabio Julià, and Igor Dmitriev from ICIQ, and Veronika Magdanz, Iris Batalha, and Mohit Kumar from IBEC have all received “la Caixa” Foundation fellowships in this call.
The Postdoctoral Junior Leader programme, co-funded by the European Commission through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action under Horizon 2020, is intended to recruit excellent researchers of any nationality who wish to continue their research career in Spanish or Portuguese territory in the areas of health and life sciences, technology, physics, engineering and mathematics.
Within the Junior Leader programme, fellowships are awarded to attract incoming talent, and also to retain talented researchers. Incoming fellows are offered a three-year employment contract to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu distinction of excellence. Recipients of fellowships to retain talent may carry out research at any university or research centre in Spain or Portugal.
By means of a complementary training programme, these fellowships aim to consolidate research skills and foster independent scientific careers as a career option, addressing issues such as leadership, conflict resolution or communication.