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Application Procedure
University of Granada Joint Fellowship
  • Rapid changes and advances in the biotechnology field demand continuous updates of knowledge and skills. The shortage of material resources, the high costs of biotechnology equipment, and insufficient connections between the numerous disciplines that are part of biotechnological research, are all potential limitations for capacity development training programmes.

    UNU-BIOLAC targets these limitations with emphasis on two of the most pressing issues in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) — a lack of human resources with advanced competencies, and the isolation of important LAC research groups from the international scientific community.

    The UNU-BIOLAC fellowship programme focuses on overcoming limitations in the LAC region through improvement of abilities, skills, and techniques, and the promotion of learning through the experiences of regional experts.

    The programme consists of short fellowships aimed at building strong research networks with training outputs that include research reports, policy recommendations, manuals, handbooks, protocols, and other reference materials. It is very important for the programme that the knowledge acquired by fellows will benefit their institutions and country capacities.

    UNU-BIOLAC also aims to promote the entrepreneurial capabilities of students using biotechnology tools and techniques. The programme aims to foster a better understanding of the value of intellectual property, the importance of technology transfer, and strives to raise awareness of the potential impact of biotechnology on the environment and human health.

  • UNU-BIOLAC accepts proposals once per year (usually from May to October) for short-term fellowships that promote scientific development and training in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The programme awards fellowships to approximately 12 researchers or PhD students each year.

    Research fellow candidates must propose a work plan (using UNU-BIOLAC’s format) that could last up to three (3) months in a laboratory within the LAC region. The fellow will receive USD 3,000 with a potential bench fee of USD 500 per month. Proposed research areas must be of benefit to the fellow’s country of origin, and be framed within UNU-BIOLAC’s priority areas.

    Prospective candidates should:

    • belong to an institution as fixed personnel working in a research laboratory
    • have counterpart funds to cover their arrival to the destination country (scholarship funding will be received the first day of the fellowship in the host country)

    The proposed research fellowship:

    • must be for a period of one to three (1–3) months and must take place at an institute located in LAC countries
    • must take place at an institute recognised by UNU-BIOLAC
    • must tackle UNU-BIOLAC priority areas
    • must contribute to the research areas of the candidate’s affiliated institution


    All applicants should download and complete the following forms:

    And prepare the following documents:

    • Personal Resume
    • Mentor and Supervisor Resume
    • Acceptance letter
    • Cover letter

    All documents and completed application forms should be sent to:

    The email must have the following format:

    Email subject:

    • Application Fellowship (Year of application)​:​ ​Name of the applicant

    Email body:

    • Name of the applicant
    • Investigation subject
    • Proposed dates
    • Attached mandatory documentation

    Please note that for an application to be considered it MUST be oriented towards UNU-BIOLAC priority areas. Any application that does not meet this requirement ​needs an explanation and special considerations will be made for subjects that are relevant to the region.

    All submitted documents MUST be in English.

    UNU-BIOLAC priority areas:

    • Emerging and neglected human, animal and plant diseases
    • Environmental microbiology: Metagenomics as a​ ​bioprospection tool for bioremediation
    • Renewable sources of energy (industrial biotechnology)
  • The University of Granada (UGr) and the United Nations University Biotechnology Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNUBIOLAC) jointly offer a special fellowship for research and training internships for a period not exceeding three (3) months at UGr. A maximum of three students will be considered for this special fellowship.

    UNUBIOLAC will pay in full for the fellow’s air tickets and laboratory fees (500 USD per month). UNUBIOLAC and UGr will share coverage of the fellow’s living expenses (estimated at 650 Euros per month).


    • Applicants should have a PhD degree (preferable, but not mandatory)
    • Nationals from any country in Latin America and the Caribbean can apply
    • Candidates must be currently involved in an active research project
    • Applicants must be afilliated with a university or research institution
    • Research fellowships should be framed by any of the UNU-BIOLAC priority areas of interest.
    • Applicants who have previously been granted a fellowship by UNU-BIOLAC will not be eligible until three (3) years from the completion of their previous fellowship


    • Fellows will develop a short-term (up to three months) research project in collaboration with an accredited researcher from the University of Granada
    • Supporting funds will be granted for up to three months
    • Eligibility will consider research projects that are expected to benefit the region the most, and also that fit within the research interest of the UGr Professor


    • Round-trip air ticket (to and from Granada from home country)
    • Lodging at the University of Granada, depending on availability in student residences
    • Student access cards to cafeterias and sports facilities
    • A monthly allowance of USD 500 for bench fee to cover laboratory expenses
    • Medical insurance provided under UNU fellowship conditions for the length of the research stay

    Application Procedure

    • The application period will be open annually, through a public call for proposals, during the first semester of the year prior to the proposed fellowship
    • The University of Granada will offer, at the beginning of each year, a portfolio of research areas based on the expertise and needs of its accredited professors
    • Fellow candidates will agree, with mutual consent of the host professor, on a short-term research project
    • The applicant will complete the fellowship proposal form and have it revised by the host professor, as well as receive the endorsement of the liaison professor at the University of Granada. Other mandatory UNU documents for the fellowship must accompany the application form (medical exam, letter of recommendation from current supervisor, letter of pre-acceptance from possible UGr supervisor) that should be compiled in a single submission folder.
    • The application folder, containing all required documentation, should be sent to UNU-BIOLAC according to the process indicated on the respective call for proposals
    • The final decision will be made by the UNU-BIOLAC evaluation committee by the end of October
    • Once the decision has been made, favored candidates will be notified via email

    All applicants should download and complete the following forms:

    And prepare the following documents:

    • Personal resume
    • Mentor and supervisor resume
    • Acceptance letter

    All  mandatory documentation, with completed application forms, should be sent to:

    The email must have the following format:

    Email Subject:

    • Application Fellowship Granada (Year of application)​:​ ​Name of the applicant

    Email Body:

    • Name of the applicant
    • Investigation subject
    • Proposed dates
    • Attached mandatory documentation
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    • Who is eligible for a fellowship?
      Only citizens from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are eligible for UNU-BIOLAC fellowships. These are short-term fellowships (no more than three months) for research and training at institutes located in the LAC region. Fellowships do not cover long-term study such as master’s degrees or PhD programmes.
    • Where can fellowships and/or academic activities take place?
      The activities funded by UNU-BIOLAC can only take place at institutions located in countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region.
    • Is it possible to apply for a grant from UNU-BIOLAC to attend a course?
      No. Short-term fellowship grants offered by UNU-BIOLAC are for conducting research for a maximum period of three months in a country different from that of the researcher. Fellowships do not include participation in scientific courses or meetings, even those sponsored by UNU-BIOLAC.
    • When is the fellowship application period?
      The application period for UNU-BIOLAC training fellowships is usually from May to October each year.
    • What does the UNU-BIOLAC fellowship cover?
      UNU-BIOLAC’s funds are a unique amount of USD 3,000 to be spent by the fellow for all research activity needs: air ticket, lodging, food, and transportation, among others. The fellow will also be provided with health insurance for the duration of the fellowship.
    • When will I receive my fellowship funding?
      The funds will be available on the first day of the fellowship in the host country through UNDP’s offices. Taking this into consideration, it is important that the fellow can cover any expenses before the proposed fellowship dates.
    • What are counterpart funds and how much is needed?
      Counterpart funds come from another institution that is financially supporting your research, so that you can afford other expenses that may arise during your stay. It is important to mention that counterpart funds can be to cover air tickets, as UNU-BIOLAC’s funds will not be received before the research takes place. UNU-BIOLAC will not be responsible if the funds provided are not sufficient for the living expenses during the fellowship. For this reason, it is required that fellows certify the availability of counterpart funds.
    • What is a bench fee and how can I apply for it?
      This is part of the funds that the fellow is awarded for the research and is to be received by the host institution laboratory. An amount of USD 500 per month can be used for laboratory expenses and other related needs during the research. The money is to be delivered after each month ends. To apply for bench fee funding, complete the Bench Fee Request Form for each month (up to three times).
    • What is a vendor form?
      This is a UN form used to submit banking information to allow for transfer of the fellowship funding. Fellow payment will be made only through UNDP’s offices at the host country once the fellowship starts. This is why the fellow should only complete the first page and section one (1). For a bench fee request, however, the fellow must complete the entire form and provide the banking information of the host institution.
    • Should I justify my expenses?
      The awarded amount is one payment of USD 3,000 that can be used for any fellow expenses: air ticket, land transportation, food, lodging, etc. Fellows are not required to report theses expenses.
    • Can I receive payment of funds through a personal account?
      No. UNU regulations do not allow payments to personal accounts for fellowships; they must be transferred through a host institutions or a UNDP office.
    • When will I have access to the funds?
      The funds will be available upon your arrival at the host country’s UNDP office.
    • What documents will I need to retrieve my funds?
      For most UNDP offices you will be required to present your passport or any photo ID. If further actions or support are necessary, we will let you know.
    • When can I do my research fellowship?
      Calls for fellowship proposals occur once per year. All proposals should stipulate a maximum three-month stay scheduled for the following year.
    • What special documentation do I need if my fellowship is in Brazil?
      If your fellowship will be conducted in Brazil, you will need to go to your country’s Brazil embassy to obtain required document(s) related to Cadastro de Pessoa Física and/or Cadastro Nacional da Pessoa Jurídica (CPF/CNPJ).
    • When can I do my research fellowship?
      Calls for fellowship proposals occur once per year. All proposals should stipulate a maximum 3-month stay scheduled for the following year.
    • When should I confirm my fellowship dates?
      You must send a letter signed by your host supervisor confirming your dates of stay at least two months prior to your fellowship.
    • If I already opted for a fellowship and it was granted, can I apply for another fellowship?
      Yes. But you must wait three (3) years to apply for another fellowship.