Prizes and Awards

BIGS Clinical and Population Science has a number of prizes and awards available for excellent academic achievement each year.

BIGS Clinical and Population Science Thesis Award

We are happy to invite nominations for the BIGS Clinical and Population Science Thesis Award. This annual award was created to honor the most outstanding doctoral thesis successfully defended by a BIGS Clinical and Population Science Student in a given year. The winner will receive 500 EUR and a certificate.

Rules and Guidelines for the submission of entries for “BIGS Clinical and Population Science Dissertation of the Year”

  • The doctoral thesis must have been successfully defended between 1 January and 31 December of the preceding year.
  • The student must have fully completed the BIGS Clinical and Population Science curriculum.
  • The candidate must be nominated by a PI of BIGS Clinical and Population Science.
  • Each PI may nominate one student per year.

The submission must comprise:

  • letter of support by the thesis supervisor (2 pages max)
  • short summary of thesis and CV of student (2 pages max)
  • copy of the certificate of successful defense of the doctoral thesis
  • copy of BIGS Clinical and Population Science certificate
  • PDF of the thesis (or download link if the file size exceeds 10 MB)

The documents should be emailed as a single PDF to BIGS Clinical and Population Science (info@bigs-clinpopscience.de). The deadline for the call in 2020 is 31 July 2020.

The BIGS Clinical and Population Science Steering Committee will be the jury and select the winner. If none of the nominations are considered to be outstanding, the jury may decide to not award the prize.

Travel Grants

BIGS Clinical and Population Science is pleased to support BIGS Clinical and Population Science graduate students with travel grants for attendance at renowned national & international conferences, or innovative methods courses. Furthermore, we will support research stays of BIGS Clinical and Population Science students at other universities abroad. 

Eligibility Criteria, Rules and Required Materials for application, and application procedure:

BIGS Clinical and Population Science offers travel grants three times per year under the following conditions:

Application deadlines: March 31, May 31, and September 30

Travel to NON-EU countries: Maximum of 1000 Euros
Travel to EU countries (and UK, Switzerland, Lichtenstein) : Maximum of 500 Euros

Note: The total amount might not cover all your expenses!

Applications have to be submitted to the BIGS Clinical and Population Science office via email (info@bigs-clinpopscience.de). Please submit a single PDF file containing all the information and documents listed below.

What do I need to submit if I want to attend a conference or a hands-on methods course?

Half-page paragraph describing what the applicant hopes to achieve by attending the conference or training course. It should describe how the conference or training topic relates to your own work and why you think that attending the conference or course will benefit your work and career. It should be clear why the conference you selected is particularly appropriate compared to other meetings in this research field. Note that preference may be given to small conferences that offer plenty of opportunity for scientific interactions.

Copy of the applicant’s abstract that will be submitted for the conference. If a travel grant is awarded, awardees have to provide proof of abstract submission for reimbursement of travel expenses. For methods courses without the possibility of presentation, the abstract requirement will be waived.

One-page letter of recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor.

One- to two-page CV of the applicant, including training (reference to start of doctorate applicant, honors/awards, and publications).
 

Eligibility
Graduate students who are members of BIGS Clinical and Population Science at the time of the conference and in good standing on fulfilling the curriculum requirements.

The applicant is the first author of an abstract to be submitted for the conference OR the applicant participates in a methods course.

During their membership in BIGS Clinical and Population Science, BIGS PhD students may receive a maximum of one travel grant.


What do I need to submit if I want to conduct a research stay abroad?
– One- to two-page summary of the PhD project for which the research stay is to be carried out.

Letter of motivation from the applicant. Here it should be made clear at what stage the doctoral project is currently at and how the research stay will benefit the PhD project and the candidate.

– A letter of support from the thesis supervisor.

– One- to two-page CV of the applicant including training (reference to start of doctorate, awards and publications).


Eligibility
Graduate students who are members of BIGS Clinical and Population Science at the time of the research stay and in good standing on fulfilling the curriculum requirements.

During their membership in BIGS Clinical and Population Science, BIGS PhD students may receive a maximum of one grant for a research stay


External sources for
travel grants
Besides the BIGS Clinical and Population Science travel grant you can apply for travel grants from various other sources. Here is a selection of other sources. Please check their websites for the valid application requirements and deadlines. To apply for a travel grant you need to follow the application procedures and fulfil the requirements of the respective provider. BIGS Clinical and Population Science does not offer these grants.

Bonner Forum Biomedizin (BFB): The BFB aims to provide a suitable platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge between scientists with basic and medical research background. Financial support and resources are raised by the University of Bonn, the University Hospital of Bonn, and by the Ministry of Science of North Rhine-Westphalia. You can subscribe to the BFB newsletter in order to receive news from this platform.

Bonn Graduate Center (BGC): The Bonn Graduate Center supports doctoral researchers from the University of Bonn with funding for participation in international conferences

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): The DAAD supports active participation of scientists in congresses and lectures abroad with the congress and lecture journey program,

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