Ali ibn Abbas Masoudi, or Hally Abbas, was a great Persian physician and scientist in the 9th century, who made significant contributions to what we call today cognitive neuroscience. His book of “Complete Book of the Medical Art” particularly emphasized on research methodology and ethics. He is one of the founders of the modern research and his contribution to our understanding of neuroanatomy, neurobiology and neurophysiology of the brain is enormous and he has carried out research on sleeping sickness, memory loss, hemiplegia, hypochondriasis, coma, meningitis, vertigo, epilepsy, and love sickness. In memory of his contribution, the Institute for Cognitive Sciences Studies’ (ICSS), Islamic Republic of Iran is offering four Fellowships to further promote international research network of neuroscientists and bridge the cognitive science with other fields of related research in 2011 and 2012. These fellowships are to be given in the following scientific areas:
· Cognitive Neuroscience
· Cognitive Education
· Sensory Perception
· Motor Control and brain-computer interface
· Cognitive Environmental Interactions (decision making, integrated sensory/motor research, reward)
· Brain mapping
· Cognitive Linguistics
· Social Neuroscience
· Computational Neuroscience
Research facilities at ICSS:
Grant: Awards are offered for the period of 3-4 months. The fellowship will also cover up cost of the proposed research project, the fellow’s accommodation and travel cost.
The successful applicant will enjoy assistance of at least one graduate student (more if needs be) for the research project. The applicants will also be asked to run a teaching course for graduate students in his area of expertise in the form of one lecture per week. The fellow will be paid according to his/her past experiences and academic degree for the period of fellowship.
Application should include:
1) A covering letter explaining why the applicant feels suitable for the Fellowship and how this Fellowship would benefit him/her and the ICSS.
2) Applicant's CV which should include current academic status, previous grants held (if any) and projects carried out as well as list of publications.
3) Research proposal including an abstract (200 words) and 1500 word (excluding references) explaining background, methods and justification for the project.
4) List of the lectures that the applicant will be giving during his Fellowship at ICSS
Application materials could be provided in Farsi, English, or Arabic.
Eligibility: Applicants must have a minimum of PhD or MD degree in a related field with two years of research experience. This grant is open to both Iranian and non-Iranian citizens.
Deadline for Applications:
First round: Sep 1, 2011 (to start in fall 2011),
Second round: Dec 1, 2011 (to start in winter 2012),
Third round: 1 Mar 2012 (to start in summer 2012).
The application should be submitted as a single zip file containing word (DOC, DOCX) or acrobat (PDF) documents of the aforementioned material numbered (named) in the order listed above. Please send the application materials or questions to Alireza Rahbar-Shamskar (rahbar(at)iricss.org).
Selection Process: Application will be assessed by the selection committee based on expertise of the applicant, novelty and multidisciplinarity of the offered proposal. The applicants will be notified of the final decision within four weeks of the deadlines.