Biondi Scholarship

Scholarship in memory of Professor Giosuè Biondi, a psychiatrist and neurologist from Sicily, Italy

This scholarship has been made possible through a generous donation by the family of Professor Giosuè Biondi to support young scientists.

Who should apply

Early career scientists (PhD or MD) from countries under-represented in neuroscience and translational psychiatric research (not currently residing in Germany) who want to conduct postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry.

What is covered

We provide a 1-year postdoctoral scholarship covering salary and including a travel allowance to conduct research with a PI at the Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry

How to apply

  • Please send a letter of motivation, including your research interest and preferred PI match as well as a CV and at least one letter of reference to Imke Goedekcke (
  • We extended the application deadline to October 15, 2022
  • Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee and decisions will be communicated by December 15, 2022
  • The grantee will have to start his/her scholarship within 12 months following the acceptance letter

Prof. Giosuè Biondi

Prof. Giosuè Biondi (1885 -1959) was a psychiatrist and neurologist originally from Sicily. Following his medical training in Sicily, he worked as clinician-scientist at the Neuropsychiatric Hospital of Mendrisio in Switzerland starting in 1920 and served as director of this hospital from 1944 onwards.

Prof. Biondi visited the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry (MPIP) several times during his career and attended lectures by Franz Nissl. Franz Nissl was a director at the MPIP from 1918 to 1919 and developed histological stainings for neurons, the so called “Nissl stainings” that are still widely used.

Giosuè Biondi himself was also a renowned expert in neurohistology. In his studies of the choroid plexus and the ependymal cell layer of the cerebral ventricles he discovered the "Biondi ring tangles”. The Biondi ring tangles (Figure below) are intracellular inclusions in choroid plexus cells and have been linked to age-related pathologies, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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