The MDS-European Section Visiting Trainee Grant Program offers two types of Visiting Trainee Grants: Clinical grants and Research grants:
- The Clinical Visiting Trainee Grant focuses on applicants who wish to increase their knowledge in movement disorders, advance their recognition of patterns of movement disorders, improve their diagnoses and management of movement disorders patients, and with the goal to bring these clinical skills back to their home country.
Clinical Grants are intended to be Six (6) Months in Duration. Award amount is €6,000, plus up to €400 in travel expenses based on submitted receipts following the program.
*Clinical grants may be provided for a shorter duration if special circumstance requires. The grant amounts will be amended to reflect the duration. Please describe the rationale for shorter duration in your application.
- The Research Visiting Trainee Grant focuses on applicants who wish to develop a research program, work on an existing research project, and interact with other researchers and with the goal to continue research upon return to their home country.
Research Grants are intended to be Six (6) Months in Duration. Award amount is €6,000, plus up to €400 in travel expenses based on submitted receipts following the program.
*Research grants may be provided for an alternative duration if special circumstance requires. The grant amount will be amended to reflect the duration. Please describe the rationale for alternate duration in your application.
Applications are open to residents, fellows and those trained in a recognized neurological or science training program, or recent graduates (under 40 years of age, duration ≥ 2 years) from such a program who have returned to practice in their home site within five years of completing training. Status must be certified in writing by the applicant's employer or past supervisor.
Applicants must reside in a MDS-ES country and be current members of the MDS. To find out more about MDS membership, visit the MDS Membership webpage.
The program’s main focus is to provide training to applicants from countries that would otherwise not be provided access to this type of training or grant. Despite this focus, candidates from any country within the MDS-European Section are eligible to apply and will be considered for a Visiting Trainee Grant.
In addition, applicants must:
- Be fluent in the language required by the host institution
- Be first time award of MDS training grant; awardees from previous years are not eligible to re-apply
- Partake in a training program that is outside of their residing country
- Select a host institution from the webpage: MDS-ES host sites
The applicant should select a host institution and is responsible for facilitating their acceptance with this institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that they are eligible to enter the selected country in order to take up the training, and to provide all necessary documentation to the host institution in order that honorary or observer contracts can be issued prior to the training. MDS-ES cannot assist with visa applications.
All attachments – including completed and signed forms – must be uploaded with this application to be considered fina. Incomplete applications will not be eligible for consideration for funding.
- Applicant’s brief Curriculum Vitae (maximum 5 pages – in English)
- Copy of professional degree(s)
- Letter of recommendation from current supervisor or department chair
- Personal Statement: detailed outline with aims of the proposed study in host facility
- Confirmation from host institution/sponsor (Confirmation by Host Institution)
Application and all supporting documents must be submitted in English. Applicants who have been awarded a Visiting Trainee Grant in the past are not eligible to apply for another grant.