Fellowship Award Benefits
PRCEN Graduate (MS and PhD) and Undergraduate Fellowship Programs
1. Tuition and travel fees (for all students except summer undergraduate students). A $2,000/semester allowance for appropriate tuition costs (as determined by the Education committee), and up to $2,000/year for qualified travel (as defined in the sponsored travel section below) will be attributed to each student.
2. For MS and PhD Graduate Students. Fellowships/academic year, typically running from August 1, to July 31 of the following year will be attributed (9 at UPR, 1 at UAGM). Fellows will get a stipend of $1,948/month plus an allowance for proper health care insurance coverage (for the fellow). No automatic renewal of a fellowship will be granted.
3. For Undergraduate Students. Preference will be given to students who participated in Research projects (for credits or as volunteers) during prior academic years.
Summer Fellowship (June 1 to July 31)
Ten summer fellowships/academic year will be attributed. Fellows will get a stipend of $1,000 /month for a full-time participation in a sponsored Research project. No automatic follow-up into an academic year-long fellowship will be granted.
Academic-year long program (August 1 to May 31)
Fifteen fellowships, running from August 1 to May 31 will be attributed. Fellows will get a stipend of $1,000 /month for a full-time participation in a sponsored Research project. No automatic renewal or follow-up into a summer or a graduate fellowship will be granted.
4. Sponsored Travel. All travel requests must be submitted in a timely manner, so all administrative steps can be completed at least 4 weeks ahead of the time of the actual travel. Should a fellowship be cancelled, all PRCEN-sponsored travel plans will also be cancelled, even if previously approved. Only approved travels will be paid for or reimbursed. Allowable costs include: Registration fees, domestic coach/economy airfares, transportation to and from the airport, hotel room bills, and a per Diem. All re-reimbursements/payments will have to be within the allocated $2000/year limit.
Participation in National and International Meetings. Awarded fellows should submit at least one abstract/year for a poster or short oral presentation in a major meeting relevant to Environmental Neuroscience.
Workshops. In-or-out of program, national and international workshops which are relevant to the Fellow’s research project and the PRCEN mission are strongly encouraged.
Travel/stay in a Collaborator laboratory. National and international collaborations are strongly encouraged. The fellow should submit a written request. Specific dates and clear goals should be mentioned, along with a letter from both the sponsoring and the hosting PI.