NENS Exchange Grants

NENS Exchange Grants for training stays are intended for Master and PhD students registered within NENS member school programmes.

Applicants are expected to spend a period of one to three months at a NENS member school of their choice in a different European country for the purpose of methodological training.

The exchange grants cover travel and accommodation costs of up to EUR 3,000.

Application deadlines: biannually – on 15 April and 15 October (midnight, Brussels time)

Before submitting your application for a NENS Exchange Grant please read carefully the Tips for submission.

You have the possibility to conduct an individually arranged internship at a laboratory associated to a NENS school. You could also take part in organised courses offered by that NENS programme during your internship in the laboratory.

Please note that you will be required to hand in a report after the completion of your training stay to the NENS Office. Only after the submission of this report you will be reimbursed. This report will be published on the NENS Alumni Students page.

Training must be completed during the year that follows the deadline of your application.

Preference will be given to early stage students and those who intend to conduct methodological training for the integration in their research work. International stays within the NENS community will be prioritised in accordance with the NENS ethos of fostering training and exchange at the level of graduate research and education across the European neuroscience community.

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 The application pack includes:

  1. Cover sheet (personal details, FENS member ID)
  2. Proof that applicant is a registered student at a NENS school programme and proof of NENS membership of host school programme.
  3. Statement on motivation for intended training stay (250 words max.)
  4. Short description of Master or PhD project (250 words max.)
  5.  Description of proposed project during training stay (500 words max.); the applicant should be enrolled with a NENS school programme when the application is submitted, as well as during the proposed period of the training stay.
  6. Description of methods to be learned or course to be followed during training stay (250 words max.)
  7. Declaration of expected costs
  8. Letter of recommendation from Master/ PhD supervisor (500 words max.)
  9. Letter of support from host laboratory (500 words max.)

You have the possibility to conduct an individually arranged internship at a laboratory associated with a NENS school. You could also take part in organised courses offered by that NENS programme during your internship in the laboratory.

Please note that you will be required to hand in a report after the completion of your training stay to the NENS Office. Only after this report is submitted will you be reimbursed. The report will be published on the NENS Alumni students page.

Training must be completed during the year that follows the deadline of your application.

Preference will be given to early-stage students and those who intend to conduct methodological training for the integration in their research work.

International stays within the NENS community will be prioritised in accordance with the NENS ethos of fostering training and exchange at the level of graduate research and education across the European neuroscience community.

For further information and enquiries, please contact the NENS Office: nens@fens.org

Read this article to find out about the NENS Exchange Grant recipients in 2019 and 2020.