To the Mothers of Science

Supporting grant for BIST scientists

BIST recognizes and supports scientist mothers that are working to reach a leading position and advance the research in their fields.

The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology first launched the Mothers of Science programme in 2018, inspired by the CRG Women Scientists Support Grant (WOSS). The Mothers of Science programme offers supporting grants and coaching sessions to talented BIST female researchers to recognize their roles as scientists and mothers, and support them along their way to becoming pioneers in their fields. BIST aims to address the gap that exists between the number of women in the BIST community who are research associates or senior postdoctoral researchers (41%) and the percentage of women who are group leaders (18%).

In March 2020, BIST launched the second edition of the Mothers of Science programme. This year, guided coaching sessions will be offered to 12 finalists and a guided workshop on effective non-verbal communication will be offered to all candidates.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Due to the current COVID-19 crisis the application deadline will be extended to the 5th of May

Contact person: Núria Bayó, Head of Academic Programmes and Organizational Effectiveness (

Call 2020

Terms and conditions:
• Salary top-up of 400 € / month (gross)
• Coaching programme by professional coacher Victoria Conesa
• Workshop on non-verbal communication by Teresa Baró
• If the researcher has a contract/agreement with an external institution, the fellowship can only be granted if she also has a connection with one of the BIST centres (independent of funding source).
• Duration of the grant is for the length of the contract, up to a maximum of one year
Application deadline: May 5, 2020

Eligibility criteria:
i) Mother of at least one child at the time of call launch
ii) Researcher developing an activity at one of the BIST centres as a PhD student, postdoctoral researchers, associate or equivalent; and with a contract/agreement with either an external institution (university, research centre, research institution) or directly with one of the BIST centres.
iii) Submission of the online application form

Evaluation criteria:
i) Candidates will be evaluated based on their scientific excellence and potential, and motivation to pursue a leadership position in academia or industry.
ii) Decisions will be made by the evaluation board, which is composed of one representative from each BIST centre and three external experts in scientific careers (additional experts will be incorporated depending on the number of applicants).
iii) Special consideration will be given to first-time applicants to the programme, and efforts will be made to ensure a geographical balance and diversity in experiences and institutional profiles.

External Selection Committee:

Jörg Müller, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute

Ana Caño, Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics

2018 Winners

Institutional Members of the Board of Trustees