Research Fellows 2020

Ikerbasque - the Basque Foundation for Science, launched in 2020 a call offering 20 Research Fellow positions for postdoctoral researchers. These five year Fellowships are directed to promising young researchers; they are intended to offer a track towards a PI role and independent research. The selected Fellows should be able to acquire the necessary skills for a research leader role in the future.

In this occasion, more than 50 independent external evaluators from 16 different countries participated in the evaluation process, under the coordination of the Ikerbasque Scientific Advisory Committee.

Ikerbasque endorses the European Charter for Researchers. Ikerbasque improves the career evaluation methods in order to create a more transparent, open, equal and internationally accepted system of recruitment.

113 full eligible applications were screened by our external evaluators, coordinated by the Ikerbasque Scientific Advisory Committee. The evaluation committee has short-listed 21 applications (18%) with over 85 points out of the possible 100 points, based on:

  • Scientific merit and research track
  • Interest of the Research Statement provided in the application
  • Relevance of research topic and latest publications
  • Concordance with Basque research capabilities

This 2020 call has already been evaluated and these are the selected Research Fellows (ordered by last name's alphabetical order):

Aizpurua Jose Ignacio Mondragon Unibertsitatea Mondragon Unibertsitatea
Alemany Anna Hubrecht Institute CIC bioGUNE
Axpe Eneko Stanford University & NASA AZTI-Tecnalia
Braza Sabrina Mount Sinai IIS Biodonostia
Camarero Sandra MERLN institute Polymat
De la Cruz Irene CNRS - Université de Paris UPV/EHU
Fernández Eduardo University of Southern Denmark IIS Biocruces
Kapnoula Efthymia BCBL BCBL
Lardo Carmela EPFL DIPC
Lopes Ana Catarina CIC energiGUNE CIC energiGUNE
Mendizabal Isabel CIC bioGUNE CIC bioGUNE
Muñoz Patricia University of Copenhagen IIS Biodonostia
Novoa David Max-Planck Institute UPV/EHU
Oyarzabal Itziar CNRS-Université de Bordeaux BCMaterials
Riffe Timothy Max Planck Institute UPV/EHU
Sáez Janire University of Cambridge UPV/EHU
Sanabria Sergio Standford University Universidad de Deusto
Schnell Martin CIC nanoGUNE CIC nanoGUNE
Villaluenga Irune Blue Current Polymat
Tascón Igor Biofisika Institutoa Biofisika Institutoa

For additional information about the evaluation of your application, please log in our website ( with your username and check the report.

If you wish to check Research Fellows selected in previous calls, please refer to Researchers section in our website.