ESCMID funded Observerships

COVID-19 Information


As you may be aware, the first call in Spring for Observerships in 2021 was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Although it is difficult to predict precisely when in-person exchanges and travelling will be easily possible again, the ESCMID Executive Committee (EC) has decided to open a call for Observerships in Autumn 2021. ESCMID believes that it is worthwhile to continue this successful and valuable initiative.


The Autumn 2021 call will be open from 5 October to 28 October 2021. Due to many restrictions and uncertainties, we recommend to plan ECC visits from April 2022 onwards. We also recommend to purchase travel cancellation insurance if your application is accepted. Of course, dates can be changed at a later stage, in case the situation does not improve, and we recommend staying in close contact with the ESCMID office once an observership is granted.


To facilitate international training and collaboration, we encourage our ESCMID Young Scientist Members to visit ESCMID Collaborative Centres (most often departments of infectious diseases and/or clinical microbiology) in other countries for five days to one month under the auspices of ESCMID. The Observerships should primarily focus on good clinical and laboratory practice rather than on research activities. Observers should use the observership to make improvements in their home institute (e.g. implementation of a lab technique)

ECC Profiles

A detailed description of the ESCMID ECC profiles can be found here:

ECC profiles 

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be an ESCMID Young Scientist Member
  • Must apply with CV and all relevant documents during the application period
  • May only apply to one ECC per application period
  • No previous ESCMID Observership visit within the last 12 months prior to the application deadline
  • Can only apply for an observership with one of the active ESCMID Collaborative Centres (ECCs)
  • Observers from outside Europe may only apply for a funded observership at a European ECC
  • Must agree on a clear purpose of the visit and dates before applying with the ECC endorsement letter (on their letter-headed paper) before applying. ECC should confirm both, the purpose and dates in the application
  • Due to the current pandemic situation we recommend to book all travels with a travel cancellation insurance. ESCMID can not reimburse costs of observerships which did not take place
  • Applicants who require a visa to visit the ECC country must take this into consideration when applying and must 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/mentor 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

Selection criteria
Important dates for the ESCMID funded Observership
Applications will be accepted from:5. October 2021, 12:00 CEST
Deadline for applications:28. October 2021, 12:00 CEST
Date of visit:Not before April 2022
How often?normally 2 calls with 50 ESCMID observerships per year, 2021 only one call due to COVID-19 pandemic


2021 Applications have been closed.


This project is funded by the ESCMID observership programme. For more information please read here: 


After the visit, the Observer will be required to complete the official evaluation forms including a report to be published on the ESCMID Collaborative Centre website or in other ESCMID publications (including the name of Observers).