Mayo Clinic Observership

Mayo Clinic is an ESCMID Collaborative Centre (ECC) and a non-profit organisation dedicated to clinical practice, education, and research in the medical field. The special funded Mayo Clinic observership happens once a year and is open to all European ESCMID Young Scientist Members (YSM) and members from low- or middle-income countries (LMIC) fulfilling the YSM criteria who wish to apply.


The Mayo Clinic observership aims to provide the opportunity for one observer for exploration and collaboration on-site at the Mayo Clinic headquarters in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. During this insightful experience, you will get to know more about the institute’s latest research and cutting-edge developments in today’s medical realm.


Mayo Clinic observership calls are held once a year. 

Applications will be accepted from

19 December 2023, 12:00 noon CEST

Deadline for applications

24 January 2024, 12:00 noon CEST

Date of visit

Not before 1 April 2024; not after 30 June 2024

Application procedure

To apply for the Mayo Clinic Observership, please follow these steps:

Send an official application:

  • Use your ESCMID member login details to connect
  • Click the ‘Apply now for observership’ link at the top of the ECC profile page of Mayo Clinic
  • Complete and submit your request through the online application form with your CV, proof of current position and letter of support from your supervisor as attachments.

Receive a final approval:

  • The ESCMID Professional Affairs Subcommittee will evaluate your application and make a decision
  • Our Executive Office will notify you of the evaluation results around 8 weeks after the deadline for applications has closed

To qualify for a Mayo Clinic observership, please make sure you meet our eligibility criteria:

  • Be a European ESCMID YSM or LMIC member fulfilling the YSM criteria 
  • Plan 2 to 4 weeks for an observership occurring any time from 1 April through 30 June 2024 
  • Have not attended ESCMID observership visits in the last 12 months 
  • Should be willing to follow the Mayo Clinic schedule and have dates of visit agreed upon with the Mayo Clinic (not occurring before 1 April 2024 or after 30 June 2024) 
  • Have the appropriate visa to visit the ECC country, keeping in mind visa application and wait times before choosing observership dates. Neither ESCMID nor the ECC can guarantee flexibility in changing visit dates should there be any delays with the visa process. 
  • Provide a letter of support from your supervisor in the application, showing how your institute would benefit from the learnings gained during this observership

We are looking for enthusiastic applicants selected based on a specific range of criteria:

  • Concrete objectives for the visit based on their rationale for attending the observership, explaining how learnings will be shared with colleagues or incorporated within the home institution 
  • Rationale for choosing a particular ECC based on the expertise offered there 
  • Their main professional interests and how the ECC is relevant to them 
  • Their CV, which must include contact information, educational qualifications, work experience, and publications/presentations. Applicants must be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme or hold a postgraduate degree, and be working in Clinical Microbiology (CM), Infectious Diseases (ID), or related fields. 
  • A signed letter of support from their head of department certifying employment provided on the CV and verification of the objectives

For intercontinental funded observerships, ESCMID is pleased to cover your travel costs and living expenses up to 2K EUR:

  • A maximum of 1,300 EUR to cover your travel expenses (airfare, train tickets, visa expenses, and car expenses at 0.3 EUR/km) 
  • 70 EUR/day for a maximum of 10 days to cover any expenses onsite during your visit (accommodation, food, transportation, etc.)

After completing your special funded observership, you will need to submit an official evaluation form, including a report, to be published on the ECC website or in any other ESCMID publication. ESCMID may share your name when publishing this report.