Research fellowships of usually 9 to 12 months, but, if appropriate, also somewhat shorter, are competitively awarded and fund select students and graduate students in the form of a tax-free 1500€ per month stipend. Students are chosen based upon their academic potential, prior research experience , social and language skills in personal interviews, unless funding is provided in the context of an already existing, productive collaboration. If selected, the students propose research groups of particular interest to them. Application to potential host laboratories is then either directly, or with support from the HAL-OX program organizer. Initially interested host laboratories conduct interviews via skype or directly on-site.

The duration of the financial support enables HAL-OX research fellows to pursue their own defined research questions, rather than just shadowing an ongoing project. Student research progress is monitored through either by written reports or oral presentations and/or host laboratory feedback. We are pleased to report, that, so far, the experience on both ends of the research network has been flawlessly positive.

For continuously MLU-employed scientific staff, complementary travel fellowships of 1,000 € per month to cover additional cost of living and travel are available. Justified higher costs can also be reimbursed.

Project title: Characterisation of an integrin-binding site within the FBG domain of Tenascin C
Funding period: 01 April 2020 - 30 September 2020

Project title: Prostate cancer in sub-Saharan Africa: trends in inicidence and survival
Funding period: 15 January 2020 - 31 August 2020

Project title: mRNA Dysregulation
Funding period: 06 December 2019 - 31 May 2020

Project title: Molecular studies on the epigenetics of leukemia cells
Funding periods: 14 October 2019 - 30 September 2020 and 15 October 2020 - 31 March 2021

Host laboratory: Dr. Heidi Olzscha, Medizinische Fakultät der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Institut für Physiologische Chemie, Proteinopathien
Project title: Acetylation in protein folding and misfolding
Funding period: 24 June 2019 - 20 September 2019

Project title: Selfish mutations in testis of aging men
Funding period: 01 March 2019 - 30 September 2020

Project title: Investigating the role of the microenvironment in T21 mediated perturbation of fetal haematopoiesis
Funding period: 09 January 2019 - 31 July 2019

Host laboratory: Dr. Eva Kantelhardt, Medizinische Fakultät der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Institut für Medizinische Epidemiologie, Biometrie und Informatik, Global Health
Project title: Breast Cancer Epidemiology in Sub-Saharan Africa
Funding period: 23 April 2018 - 30 June 2018

Project title: Investigating mechanisms of viral restriction by IFITM3
Funding periods: 16 April 2018 - 15 April 2019 and 01 March 2020 - 30 March 2020

Project title: Expansion Stimulated Emission Depletion Microscopy (ExSTED) of the peroxisomal translocon
Funding period: 26 March 2018 - 26 December 2018

Project title: Translational studies on the impact of the tumor microenvironment on ATR inhibition in different cancer cell lines 
Funding period: 01 September 2017 - 28 February 2018

"I'm a Radiation Oncologist by training, working at the Dept. of Radiation Oncology of the University Hospital Halle (UKH) where I am actively involved in translational research in radiation biology and clinical Radiation Oncology. I had the opportunity to spend six months at the laboratory of Prof. Ester Hammond at the Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology. It was a great experience to work with an excellent international research team in an exceptional research environment which was scientifically very stimulating and enriching for me. I'm both grateful and proud having been given the chance to be part of the "HAL-OX" scholarship program which gives young and aspiring academics and researchers of the Medical Faculty of the MLU the extraordinary chance to do research at the world-renowed University of Oxford, United Kingdom."

Project title: Studies of membrane changes in response to signal transduction with high/superresolution microscopy
Funding period: 19 July 2017 - 19 October 2017

Project titles: Generation and study of pancreatic organoids and Inhibition of carbonic anhydrase IX
Funding periods: 01 July 2017 - 31 March 2018 and 01 February 2019 - 29 February 2020

Project title: OTUD3 function and clinical defects in ubiquitin dependent signaling
Funding period: 01 July 2016 - 31 December 2016

Project title: The role of insulin-like growth factor (IGF) signaling in tumour biology
Funding period: 01 April 2016 - 31 August 2016

Project title: Molecular analysis of cancer cell signaling
Funding period: 12 October 2015 - 01 April 2016

Project title: Targeted resequencing of red cell membrane and enzyme disorders
Funding period: 04 July 2015 - 30 September 2015

Project title: Functional and molecular analysis of the transcriptional and replication regulatory protein cyclin F
Funding period: 01 July 2015 - 30 September 2015