ESCMID career support

ESCMID is dedicated to supporting the career development of all those in the fields of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. As a part of this, ESCMID offers grants to support new parents or caretakers to allow them time to support those who are dependant on them, as well as attendance grants to participate in educational courses and workshops. Find out more about what is offered and how to apply below.


The CAREer grant application is open annually.




The ESCMID CAREer Grant allows the recipient to reduce their workload by 20 % (from 100 % to 80 %, or from 80 % to 60 %), by contributing to the salary paid to the qualified support personnel (scientific/technical staff member or assistant) with 20 % of the gross salary of the recipient. The grant is for a maximum of two consecutive years and may not exceed 20,000€ per year.


Who can apply


  • ESCMID Full or Young Scientist members
  • Applicant must be a postdoc (or equivalent), or a medical student with a research project in the field of basic/clinical microbiology, infectious diseases, infection control
  • Applicant must work in a public research institute or in a public or private hospital
  • Applicant must have at least one child below 5 years of age, or suffer from an unexpected situation (Illness, ill/elderly parent care, etc.) that impedes them from working full-time


Application process


To be considered for the CAREer Grant, the applicant needs to submit the following documents:


  • A single PDF file (max. 4 MB) containing:
  • Family certificate (or equivalent) stating the birth date of your child or proof of needed support for your health/parents’ care*
  • Applicant’s employment contract


* A doctor’s note, stating the name of the person needing treatment/care Details of the medical condition are not required.


  • A single PDF file (max. 4 MB) containing:
  • Applicant’s research project and planned activities (max. 2 pages)
  • Applicant’s scientific CV including list of relevant publications (max. 2 pages)
  • Recommendation/support letter from the applicants’ scientific supervisor explaining how the support will contribute to the professional development of the applicant (max. one page)
  • Motivation letter specifying how the applicant will benefit from the grant concerning his/her familial and financial situation
  • A colour photo (only JPG, TIF, EPS, max. 4MB)


Selection and notification


ESCMID Executive Committee approves and selects the applications reviewed by the ESCMID Parity Commission. Communications regarding the final selection will be sent out by the end of February 2023.


Award and transfer of funds


The awarded grant for the first year will be transferred to the institution hiring the support person immediately following the signature of the grant agreement. Within the first two months, the recipient must provide the following documents:


  • Proof of reduction of his/her working hours (amendment of the working contract)
  • Proof of employment of the support personnel for a minimum of one year (working contract or amendment of the working contract)


The grant for the second year will be transferred after receiving actual proof of the employment of the grantee. Please note that:


  • ESCMID must be informed about any changes to the grant recipient’s working conditions, or of the person receiving support. ESCMID may modify or terminate the grant should the grant conditions no longer be met
  • Scientific reports are not required
  • Any award, publication or career progression of the applicant must be communicated to the ESCMID office


If you have any additional questions, please contact paritycommission[at]




Two fellowships valued at 7,500$ (USD) are awarded annually for up to three months in duration.


Who can apply


  • Residents of low and lower-middle income countries outside of Europe
  • Applicant must be under 40 years of age (career breaks will be factored into the application process)


Application process


The fellowship is organised through ISID and bound to their guidelines. Please refer to the ISID website for further information on the application procedure, requirements and deadlines.


The application process for the 2023 ISID/ESCMID Fellowships is now open! Deadline for submission is June 16, 2023 at 12pm (EST).


Please apply at:


Selection and notification


Proposals will be reviewed and scored by members of ISID’s Research Committee and grants awarded in collaboration with ISID and ESCMID’s research program directors.




Attendance grants covers the registration fee for respective educational or scientific events. Please refer to the course leaflet to check whether accommodation is included or not. Travel costs will not be covered.


Who can apply


  • Everyone can apply
  • ESCMID membership increases the chance of receiving an Attendance Grant


Application process


Application opens when an ESCMID Course/Workshop or ESCMID supported event is published on the ESCMID website.


To be considered for the Attendance Grant, the applicant is required to submit a single PDF document (.pdf, max. 4 MB) that includes:


  • Motivation letter (up to 500 words)
  • CV
  • List of publications


To apply for the Attendance Grant, please visit the ESCMID calendar (for events oranised or endorsed by ESCMID) or ESCMID Courses and Workshops (for online and onsite ESCMID Courses and Workshops).


Deadlines for application:


  • For ESCMID organised/supported events: one month before the event starts
  • For ESCMID Workshops/Courses: three months before the workshop/course starts


Selection and notification


A ranking list will be generated based on internal criteria.


Successful grantees will be informed by the respective event organiser (for ESCMID-organised/supported events) or the ESCMID Office (for ESCMID Courses/Workshops).


Results will be communicated within two weeks after the application deadline.