Round-Ups from 2021 OBF Fellowship Awardees

The Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF) Event Fellowship program aims to support and encourage diverse participation at events focusing on open source bioinformatics software development and open science practices in the biological research community. Each year we open two calls for applications, deadlines for which are 1 April and 1 October.

In 2021, we received 15 applications, of which three applicants, Sona Charles (Indian Institute of Spices Research, India), Anshika Sah (Institute of Home Economics, India) and Rupesh Gelal (Nepal Engineering College, Nepal) were awarded funding across the two open calls.

In addition, in the spirit of the OBF Event Fellowship, we made it easier to attend our own conference with the BOSC-OBF Event Support Fund, which received 9 applications, all of which were granted fee waivers for their participation in BOSC 2021, which took place online as a part of ISMB 2021. These awardees are David Twesigomwe (Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience – South Africa), Gemma Turon (University of Arkansas, USA), Ariel Mundo (University of Arkansas, USA), Paula Roxana Reyes Pérez (UNAM, Mexico), Fortune Ogo-ndah Awala (University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria), Wishah Mohammednour Ahmed Mohammednour (Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan), Menegbe Zibo (Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Ivory Coast –NH), Priyanka Sarkar (Deen Dayal Upadhyaya University, India) and Gloria Umutesi (EDAM Ontology Intern, Rwanda).

Here, I have compiled blog posts from a few of these awardees summarising their experience from attending these conferences:

Congratulations to each of them!  We are delighted to support their participation as the OBF Event Fellowship and BOSC-OBF Event support fund awardees and wish them all the best for their future work. 

We have receently opened the call for the first round of applications for 2022; read details and apply before 1 April 2022. Also, read the updates from the OBF Event Fellowship chairs.

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