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ESCMID Collaborative Centres (ECCs) and Observerships

Applications are now open! You can apply for funded and non-funded observserhips by clicking here.

ESCMID offers three types of observerships:

Non-funded observerships
Applications are open to members of all ages, and can be made via our application page here.

Funded observerships
There are two calls per year with 50 visits available per call. Applications are now open until 30 June.

Observerships at ECDC and Mayo Clinic
These are a limited number of funded visits with different application deadlines.

Applications for the Mayo Clinic will reopen in early 2019, and applications for ECDC are now closed.

For all funded observerships, the applicant:
•    must be an ESCMID young scientist member
•    must apply during the application period

•    may only apply to one ECC per application period

•    is not eligible for a funded visit if they have completed another funded observership with ESCMID within the 12 months prior to the application deadline
•    can only apply for an observership with one of the ESCMID Collaborative Centres (ECCs)
•    can apply for either intra-European or intercontinental observerships (see section on funding below)
•    must agree on a clear purpose of the visit and dates with the ECC before applying, and include a letter from the ECC (on their letter-headed paper) confirming both the purpose and dates in the application

•    dates of the observership must not be before August 2018. Applicants who require a visa to visit the ECC country must take this into consideration when applying and choose dates that provide enough time to obtain a visa before the intended visit. ESCMID nor the ECC can guarantee flexibility in changing visit dates should a visa take longer. It is the applicant`s responsibility to ensure that there is enough time to organise their travel and visa (if applicable) before the planned visit.
•    must include a letter of support from their supervisor showing how his/her institute would benefit from the learnings gained during the observership
•    must receive official approval from ESCMID and meet the necessary requirements post-visit in order to be reimbursed


Applications will be reviewed on the following criteria:
1.    concrete objectives for the proposed observership visit endorsed by the ECC. The applicant must give a rationale for doing an observership that can be verified by his/her head of department in the letter of support. The reason must include an explanation of how the techniques learnt will be shared with their colleagues or incorporated within their home institution
2.    rationale for choosing the particular ECC based on the expertise offered there
3.    main professional interests and how the ECC is relevant to these
4.    the curriculum vitae which must include contact information, educational qualifications, work experience, and publications/presentations. The applicant must be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme or hold a postgraduate degree and be working in clinical microbiology, infectious diseases or related fields.
5.    the letter of support which is a signed letter from his/her head of department certifying his/her employment as given on the CV and verification of the objective (see point 1 above)


Funding is provided according to the visit type: intra-European or intercontinental:

Intra-European observership visits

  • Observer from Europe visits an ECC within Europe*
  • ESCMID subsidizes travel costs and subsistence for out-of-country visits to a maximum of EUR 1,200 as follows:
  • EUR 500 maximum for travel expenses (air ticket, train ticket, car expenses at EUR 0.3 per km)
  • EUR 70 per diem up to a maximum of 10 days.

Intercontinental observership visits

  • Observer from outside Europe visits an ECC in Europe*
  • Or
  • Observer from Europe visits an ECC outside Europe
  • ESCMID subsidizes travel costs and subsistence for visits to a maximum of EUR 1,700 as follows:
  • EUR 1,000 maximum (air ticket, train ticket, via expenses, car expenses at EUR 0.3 per km)
  • EUR 70 per diem up to a maximum of 10 days.

* A list of countries and respective geographic regions can be viewed here

About Collaborative Centres (ECCs)

The ECCs are clinical microbiology and/or infectious disease centres of excellence in Europe and beyond. They attract and welcome ESCMID members from abroad to ...

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To sign up your institute for ESCMID Collaborative Centre status, apply anytime using this application form. Registration is free.

See photos from observers in 2015-2017