About Mentorship Centres (EMCs)

A mentor is an ESCMID member highly experienced in a specific field who offers guidance and encouragement to the mentee in order to improve his/her professional career.


We ask prospective centres to provide a description of the department, geography, city and hospital, together with a profile of competences, staff and services and the main interests and achievements of the institution. Any special epidemiological characteristics of the country or area should be described. Institutions can be clinical (medical) microbiology, clinical bacteriology or virology services, infectious disease units or a combination of these. Microbiology and infectious disease departments within a given hospital are encouraged to apply either jointly or individually. With joint application, please note that departments need to complete separate application forms. The centre will have to appoint one or more persons as mentors within the centre.


A Mentorship Centre must be prepared to accept at least one ESCMID Mentee per year. The length of the Mentorship Programme is agreed between the Centre and the Mentee but should not be longer than two years. The EMC should offer the possibility to have video conference tools for online meetings, if face-to-face meetings are not possible.

ESCMID also encourages institutions outside Europe to apply as ESCMID Mentorship Centres.


Benefits for Mentorship Centres

We hope that Institutions from many parts of Europe will apply and be rewarded by the prestige and profile that it will engender.

Application procedure

ESCMID Mentorship Centre application is a one-step process. Applications can be submitted throughout the year and are normally processed within 2 months. You need to submit a short profile and you will be asked to provide more details about your institution/department for potential Mentees.


Important: an institution is only allowed to accept ESCMID Mentees after the successful acceptance of the ESCMID Professional Affairs Officer.



Approval procedure

Approval is the norm. The applicant is mainly judged on what they can offer to the Mentees. Obtaining an ESCMID Mentorship Centre status or an ESCMID Mentee should not in any way be considered a quality stamp by ESCMID. The submitted information, when checked for completeness by the ESCMID Executive Office, is presented to the ESCMID Executive Committee members by the Professional Affairs Officer. It is important to describe in some detail (i) the scope of the services and (ii) what the centre considers it has to offer an ESCMID Mentee. When applicants are not immediately known to one or several ESCMID officers, reviewers are consulted.



The EMC should mentor at least 1 Mentee per year.

Online application form

If you are interested in becoming an ESCMID Mentorship Centre, please apply now and proceed to the application form.