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NENS Programme Directory

How do I know whether or not my school/programme is already a NENS member?

You can find a list of all NENS member school programmes in the NENS Programme Directory.

How long do I have to wait until I receive a response to my application to become a NENS member?

Upon receipt of your membership request, the CHET committee will assess your application. Within a maximum of two weeks of receipt of your request, if eligible, your school programme will automatically be included in the NENS Programme Directory and the NENS schools mailing group. You will then also directly benefit from the advantages of being a NENS member.

How do I know whether my school programme is eligible?

The NENS membership eligibility criteria are listed on the NENS web page.

NENS Benefits

Why should my school/programme join NENS?

Being a NENS member gives you the chance to share experiences with other NENS members. The mutual support in terms of neuroscience education and research means that every programme can optimise its quality, recruitment potential and output. Furthermore, you receive regular updates on higher education, training activities and support provided by FENS and its partners. NENS members are also eligible to apply for FENS and IBRO-PERC financial support to organise a course, and you can feature your programme to a wide international audience by participating in the NENS Graduate School Fair at the FENS Forum.
Download the pdf describing these benefits.

As a student, how can I benefit from NENS?

Grant, which will allow them to visit laboratories of other NENS Schools and learn a new methodology there. Furthermore, you can participate in the Best NENS Poster Awards competition held at the FENS Forum, where NENS also organises and sponsors events devoted to career development and job placement for young European neuroscientists.
Download the pdf describing all the NENS benefits for students.

NENS Exchange Grants

My home institute is a NENS member, but the host-institute I want to go to is not (or vice versa); can I still apply for a NENS Exchange Grant?

In order to be eligible for a NENS Exchange Grant, both the home and host institutes need to be NENS members. You can encourage your home/host institute to apply for NENS membership, which is free of charge and easy to do, before you apply for a NENS Exchange Grant. If eligible, new programmes are added within a maximum of two weeks.

How far in advance do I need to apply for an Exchange Grant?

The only requirement regarding time is that training must be completed during the year that follows the deadline of your application. That is, if you applied for the deadline of 15 April, you will have to finish your training stay before 15 April of the following year. Similarly, for the 15 October deadline, you will have to complete your training stay before 15 October of the following year.

What does the NENS Exchange Grant cover, and how do I get paid?

The Exchange Grants cover travel and accommodation costs of up to EUR 3,000. You have to hand in a report after the completion of your training stay, and only after this report is submitted, will you be reimbursed your expenses.

Slots in NENS Courses

I am not enrolled in a NENS programme, can I apply for the FENS and IBRO-PERC stipend to attend a course organised by a NENS School?

You can, as long as you are a MSc or PhD student enrolled in a programme in a country different from the one where the course is taking place. For further information, check the Slots in NENS Courses webpage.

NENS Alumni

How do I become a NENS alumnus?

Once awarded a NENS Exchange Grant and having submitted your report, you automatically become a NENS Alumnus. The NENS Alumni students network aims to encourage and strengthen a network among alumni students. It is not possible to apply for NENS alumnus membership.

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