Short-Term Research Fellowship

Next Application Deadline: 31 January 2024


This Fellowship is for 3 months and has the following aims:

  1. The promotion of training applied to sleep research in Europe and supporting the exchange in Europe of scientists/investigators as well as clinicians actively involved in research in sleep medicine
  2. Contributing to the transfer and implementation of new research techniques or methodologies in sleep medicine throughout Europe
  3. Supporting career development and in particular supporting more junior candidates in the early stages of their career in sleep research
  4. The Fellowships are available to scientists, investigators, clinicians, allied health professionals, nurses to develop, acquire, apply and carry out basic, translational or clinical research projects and to develop, acquire and apply new skills, advanced research procedures and techniques in the area of sleep medicine
  5. The Fellowships are not granted for purely clinical and educational training. Therefore, it is mandatory that projects include a significant research component and lead to research activities and development of research after return of the candidate to the home institution.
  6. Fellowships are not granted for undergraduate studies, workshops, courses, lectures, meetings, conferences, congresses or for visiting institutions without a clear research project to be completed.

A maximum amount of 2.800 EUR will be awarded.

A maximum of two grants per year will be financed.


  • Training will be pursued in an experienced laboratory belonging to the ESRS Network of Sleep Research Laboratories.
  • The grant sum awarded by the ESRS should cover travel and accommodation costs within Europe and provide enough money to live on during the 3-month research period.
  • The receiving laboratory is expected to finance the living expenses during the stay, at least partially, if it exceeds the size of the ESRS contribution.
  • Candidates must have an agreement with the host institution where their Fellowship will be carried out at time of application.
  • Candidates must have adequate fluency in a language that permits effective communication at the host institution.
  • Candidates must return to their home institution to apply the newly acquired research skills, or to continue to develop their research on completion of their visit.
  • Candidates are responsible for identifying a research project at the host institution as well as a suitable supervisor.
  • The duration of the Fellowship may not be reduced or split.
  • The Fellowship must be carried out on a full-time basis.
  • The Fellowship is not intended to be used as supplementary or ‘top up’ funding for a research project already in place by either the Host or Home institutions.
  • The visit must commence after the funding decision date, allowing for sufficient time to complete travel, visa, and passport and housing formalities. The visit must be started within 1 year from notification of a successful grant application.
  • All candidates must be members of the ESRS at the time of application.
  • Candidates should be employed in sleep research or sleep medicine training at the time of application.
  • There is no upper age limit for eligibility; however, preference will be given to candidates who are in the early stages of their career.
  • Funding is open to all nationalities and for European and non-European based candidates.


  • Supporting statement on the purpose of undertaking research at the host institution, outline of the novel research project to be undertaken and any skills that will be acquired and how this will enhance the applicant’s development and contribute to the host institution, whether it is in the clinical or experimental sleep medicine fields.
  • Work plan description (max. one page)
  • Home supervisor’s training background and CV (max. one page)
  • Host supervisor’s training background and CV (max. one page)
  • Breakdown of travel, accommodation and projected subsistence costs at host institution.
  • Candidate’s CV
  • Candidate’s ID photo
  • Candidate’s passport or ID
  • Candidate’s highest degree
  • On completion of the visit, the candidate will be required to write a summary report of the visit with a description of research outcomes (~1000 words)  to be forwarded to the ESRS executive committee.

Application Guidelines

Application Deadline: 31 January 2024
All application files should be submitted via the online application form only
Applications can be submitted for all funding opportunities simultaeneously
The ESRS Scientific Committee will rank the grant applications