Germany's Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres has launched a new fellowship program that aims to lure top young overseas scientists to work in Germany. The scheme is the third international recruitment drive the association has started this year.

The program, administered jointly by Helmholtz and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), will offer fellowships to 27 doctoral and 12 postdoctoral students to work at Helmholtz centers for periods of 1 to 3 years. Fellows would do research in the one of several Helmholtz fields, including cancer, the nervous system, infection and immunity, environmental health, comparative genome research, and regenerative medicine.

Bärbel Köster, spokeswoman for the Bonn-based Helmholtz Association, told The Scientist that the new program is an extension of the Helmholtz Young Investigators Program, which was expanded during the summer. The program is the first time the two groups have teamed up.

"We want the best young investigators for...

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