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Dr. Benvenuto Pernis Memorial Junior Trainee Awards


Dr. Benvenuto Pernis was one of the early pioneers in the field of immunology. Ben conducted early fundamental studies in lymphocyte biology and was instrumental in the founding of the Basel Institute for Immunology in Switzerland. He brought a unique blend of passion and creativity to a highly distinguished scientific career, which lasted more than six decades. He especially enjoyed mentoring and advising young researchers. His family is proud to honor his legacy by providing the opportunity for young scientists to meet and share their work with leaders in immunology.

Available For

The Autoimmunity Conference

Award Amount

Several $1,000+ travel awards will be available.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Must commit to attending the conference for at least 3 days.
  • Must be one of the following:
    • Postdoctoral Fellow
    • Graduate Student
    • Early-Career Investigator/Assistant Professor

How to Apply

Students and postdocs should (1) submit an abstract (title, authors, institution, body of abstract) and (2) a letter of intent:

“I am applying for the Dr. Benvenuto Pernis Memorial Junior Trainee Award to attend the 2019 FASEB Autoimmunity Conference. This application is approved by my mentor (Mentor’s name, Title, and Mentor’s contact information with email address)*. I also attest that I will be attending the conference for at least 3 days. If my circumstances change, and I cannot attend the event for at least 3 days, I will immediately notify the Fund Committee (SRCTrainee@faseb.org)”.

*Mentor attestation is not required for Early-Career Investigators/Assistant Professors.

The letter of intent should be signed by the applicant. Complete applications should be emailed to SRCTrainee@faseb.org with the Subject header “Dr. Benvenuto Pernis Memorial Junior Trainee Award Application."

Award Deadline

The applications should be received on or before May 22, 2019, to allow for timely review of applications by the selection committee appointed by the organizers.

Award Notification

Applicants will be notified of the decision prior to the start of the conference. The awardees will receive complimentary registration discount codes that they will use to have their registration fees waived. At the Conference, the awardees will receive a Dr. Benvenuto Pernis Memorial Junior Trainee Award Certificate in recognition of their achievements.


Please direct any questions concerning this award to SRCTrainee@faseb.org.