ECTP at the FENS Forum 2024

The Host Societies of the FENS Forum 2024 (June 25-29, Vienna), the Austrian Neuroscience Association (ANA)  and the Hungarian Neuroscience Society (MITT), are pleased to announce the Early Career Training Programme (ECTP), generously supported by FENS and the IBRO-Pan European Regional Committee (PERC).

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from around the world can apply to visit and work in a host laboratory in Austria or Hungary for the 2-3 weeks preceding the FENS Forum 2024 in Vienna. Host labs are located throughout Austria and Hungary, and successful applicants will receive a stipend of up to € 1000 to help cover the costs of the visit.

Deadline: 20 February 2024

What is the Early Career Training Programme (ECTP)?

The ECTP provides an opportunity for ambitious, talented ECRs to undertake a 2-3 week short lab stay preceding the FENS Forum. Research projects are short and focused, and provide training and networking opportunities for future exchanges. The successful applicants will meet with senior and junior scientists in the host lab, learn new techniques and data analysis pipelines, possibly establish collaborations, as well as experience a different working culture. This program facilitates opportunities for ECRs wishing to advance their careers by experiencing a different research environment.

 

ECTP awards

A stipend of up to € 1000,- will be awarded to the successful applicants. The award may be used to cover travel expenses within the host nations and other costs associated with visiting the host laboratory. The final amount of the stipend will depend on the actual expenses (e.g., cost of living) at the host institution.

 

Location of available host laboratories

Please follow this link for the list of available host laboratories and research topics in Austria and Hungary will be available soon.

 

Eligibility for the ECTP

  1. Applicants must be Early Career Researchers (ECRs).
    • ECRs are defined as:
      • Postgraduate students undertaking MSc, MD, PhD, or assistant/trainee in the clinical sciences. A valid student/trainee enrolment form (or letter on official letterhead) is required to prove eligibility. Applicant name, institution name, and enrolment status must be indicated.
      • Researchers within the first five years of completing their highest degree (e.g., BSc, MSc, MD, PhD, or other professional doctorate) or, for clinical psychologists, the first five years after starting work as a clinical psychologist. Copy or photograph of diploma (or letter on official letterhead) is required to prove eligibility. Applicant name, institution name, and graduation date must be indicated. This five-year period will be extended in case of maternity leave or other justifiable leaves of absence.
  1. Applicants must not be currently working in a laboratory in Austria or Hungary. Austrian or Hungarian citizens who are not based at institutions in Austria or Hungary may apply if they have been working outside of the host nations for at least 18 months.
  2. Applicants must be registered to attend the FENS Forum 2024.
  3. Applicants must have a first author abstract submitted to FENS Forum 2024.
  4. Please note that applicants are eligible to receive one stipend for FENS activities per year (e.g., either a FENS Forum travel grant or an ECTP stipend)

 

Application procedure

  1. Applicants must first fill out and submit the ECTP application form, and then
  2. must send the following documents per Email to the ECTP registration office (ECTP application form):
    • Proof of ERC:
      • An official document provided by a college or university that proves your enrolment status (Applicant name, institution name, and enrolment status must be indicated), or
      • a copy or photograph of the diploma is required to prove eligibility (Applicant name, institution name, and graduation date must be indicated). The five-year period will be extended in case of maternity leave or other justifiable leaves.
  3. The first-author abstract submitted to the FENS Forum 2024.
  4. Curriculum vitae, including education and degrees earned, current research projects/techniques, publications/abstracts/presentations, and any other relevant information (CV on max. 2 pages).
  5. A recommendation letter from the current supervisor indicating name, affiliation, and contact details (max. 250 words).