Travel Award for Foreign Scientists


  1. List of Awardees
  2. Travel Award Guidelines for Neuroscience2020
  3. How to Apply for the Travel Award



1. List of Awardees

Neuroscience2020 Travel Award

Payman Raise Abdullahi (Physiology and Neuroscience Research Center)
Mehdi Adibi (University of Padova ; University of New South Wales)
Joon-Yong An (Korea University)
Mai Mamdouh Anwar (Faculty of Pharmacy,Azhar univristy)
Eden Avishai (Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)
Juan Chen (South China Normal University)
Ming Chen (ShanghaiTech University)
Lizeth Katherine Pedraza Correa (University of Szeged)
Suixin Deng (Beijing Normal University)
Soheila Hosseinzadeh (Babol University of Medical Sciences)
A ra Koh (Hallym University College of Medicine)
Sung-Yon Kim (Seoul National University)
Arpita Konar (Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology, New Delhi)
Olga Kopach (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London)
Jae Young Lee (ToolGen, Inc.)
Bhavana Muralidharan (The Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine, Bengaluru)
Jonu Pradhan (The University of Queensland)
Thomas Damien Prevot (Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute of CAMH)
Xuyu Qian (University of Pennsylvania)
Syed Shadab Raza (Department of Biotechnology, Era’s Lucknow Medical College & Hospital, Era University)
Laura Cutando Ruiz (Institute of Functional Genomics (IGF), Univ. Montpellier, CNRS, Inserm,F-34094 Montpellier, France.)
Sandip Shah (B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Science)
Narendra Kumar Sharma (Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Banasthali Vidyapith (Deemed University))
Mikaeel Valli (University of Toronto)
Ying Wang (Qingdao University)
Peng Yuan (Stanford University)
Xiaomin Yue (Zhejiang University)
Li-Juan Zhu (Southeast University)


FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies) - JNS (Japan Neuroscience Society) Young Researcher Exchange Program Travel Award

Andrey Andreev (Neuroscience and Cognitive Technology Laboratory, Innopolis University)
Łukasz Bijoch (Laboratory of Neurobiology, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS)
Saumitra Singh (Biochemistry, Banaras Hindu University)
Olga Tiurikova (Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, University College London)


SfN (Society for Neuroscience) - JNS (Japan Neuroscience Society) Exchange Travel Award

Keisuke Kaneko (Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
Sai Sun (Division of Biology and Biological Engineering)


International Brain Research Organization, Asia Pacific Region Committee Travel and Short Stay Grant

Wei Shi (Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Big Data-based Precision)
Avnish Kumar Verma (Department of Biochemistry, University of Allahabad, India)


2. Travel Award Guidelines for Neuroscience2020

Application for the Travel Award

No need to register for the annual meeting. Please follow the TA application instruction.
Complimentary Registration: Awardees will be exempt from the registration fee for the annual meeting.
Unsuccessful applicants: Need to register for the annual meeting with payment as per category.


Membership registration

All presenters need to hold membership of the Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS). Registration instruction will be sent upon acceptance.


Ineligible for this support

Symposium speakers
Other grant recipients related to Neuroscience2020


Applying via other Neuroscience Affiliations

Applicants from the following countries must apply for the Travel Award through their home Neuroscience Affiliations: China, South Korea, India, and Iran.
Each society has set their own deadline date and guideline. Applicants shall follow their instructions.


For further information, please contact the office of your society below;

China: the Chinese Neuroscience Society

South Korea: the Korean Society for Brain and Neural Science (KSBNS)

India: Indian Academy of Neurosciences (IAN)

Iran: the Iranian Neuroscience Society (INS)


Award Cash: up to 150,000 JPY per award

Neuroscience2020 offers Travel Awards to enthusiastic, leading, non-Japanese neuroscientists traveling from abroad to present high-quality papers at the meeting. Applications of young principal investigators and senior postdoctoral fellows, also applicants from Asian-Pacific countries are especially encouraged.
The funding for travel will be between 40,000–150,000 JPY per award.
Application Deadline: January 9th, 2020 (Wednesday) at 12:00 noon (JST)



  • The annual meeting registration fee is waived only for successful applicants.
  • Recipients are invited to the reception to be held on DAY 2 of the meeting.
  • Accommodation will be provided for recipients from July 28th (check-in) to August 1st, (check-out): four nights, single-room. The hotel will most likely be located downtown in Kobe.
  • The International Exchange Meeting for Young Researchers in DAY 0
    To facilitate interaction among young researchers from abroad and Japan, all recipients are invited to this mandatory event. Poster presentation is available there.


  • Once your application has been accepted, the TA selection committee will determine the appropriate amount of support.
  • The amount of the Travel Award will not be increased under any circumstances.
  • Each recipient must bear any additional expenses.
  • Recipients will receive the award cash (in Japanese yen) and certificate on DAY 3 at the meeting venue. Time and place will be notified during the International Exchange Meeting for Young Researchers.
  • Accommodation at the designated hotel will only be covered from July 28th (check-in) to August 1st, (check-out). Recipients must bear all expenses if they stay at hotels of their own choice or stay extra nights. The Neuroscience2020 Secretariat is in charge of hotel booking arrangements.
    Please contact the Neuroscience2020 Secretariat with any inquiries or concerns regarding hotel bookings at
  • Attendance, and oral or poster presentation at Neuroscience2020, are mandatory.
  • Award recipients who do not attend Neuroscience2020 and do not deliver a presentation will have their award revoked.
  • If a single presentation has multiple authors, only one main author is eligible.
  • Participants can only give one main oral or poster presentation at the 3-day meeting as the first author.
  • Symposium speakers are ineligible for this award.
  • Candidates should NOT be the recipients of other grants related to Neuroscience2020.
  • Participants who require a visa must obtain the visa themselves. The meeting organizers will provide necessary visa documents upon request. With the documents we provide, we support your stay only for the 3-day conference plus 3 days. Please contact the Neuroscience2020 Secretariat with any inquiries or concerns regarding visa applications at
  • All presenters at Neuroscience2020 must be an official member of the Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS).
  • You do NOT need to register for the membership at time of application for the travel award. Upon acceptance, the JNS office will contact successful applicants and provide instructions for membership registration. Please register for membership after you receive it.


3. How to Apply for the Travel Award

Please read the following instructions and go to the application site.

  1. Prepare the following four documents in MS Word or PDF format.
    1. Curriculum vitae
    2. Publication list
    3. Electronic copy of your passport (only the page where the photograph of your face appears)
    4. Abstract describing your Neuroscience2020 presentation
      For details regarding abstract format, please see the Call for Papers section in the Annual Meeting website page.
  2. Upload these documents through our website page. After uploading documents 1)–3), you will be directed to the Abstract Submission Page, where you can submit document 4).
  3. Letter of Recommendation
    (1) Graduate students/Postdoctoral fellows:
    Ask referees for the letters of recommendation (MS Word or PDF form).
    One letter must be from the applicant’s current supervisor. The letter should be no more than one page in length.
    Type in two email addresses of your referees and we will send each of them instruction on the submission of the letter of recommendation.
    (2) Young principal investigators/Senior postdoctoral fellows:
    No recommendation letter is required.

Registration: December 2nd, 2019 to January 9th, 2020 at noon JST


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Timeline for Neuroscience2020 (tentative)

Notification to Travel Award Winners
Confirmation of attendance
Completion of Society Membership application (for successful applicants only) VISA application and accommodation information provided
Notification of presentation schedule and format