Connecting European Neuroscience

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you can find a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)

NENS Programme Directory:

Q. How do I know whether or not my school/programme is already a NENS member?

A. You can find a list of all school programmes being a NENS member on the NENS Programme Directory.


Q. How long do I have to wait until I receive a response on my application to become a NENS member?

A. Upon your membership request, the CHET committee will assess your application. Within maximum two weeks of your request to join NENS, if in line with the NENS eligibility criteria, your school programme will automatically be included in the NENS Programme Directory and the NENS Schools mailing group. You will then also directly profit from the benefits of being a NENS member.


Q. How do I know whether my School Programme is eligible?

A. NENS membership eligibility criteria are listed on the NENS web page.


NENS Benefits:

Q: Why should my School/Programme join NENS?

A. Being a NENS member gives you the chance to share experiences with other NENS members. The mutual support in terms of neuroscience education and research means that every programme can optimise its quality, recruitment potential and output. Furthermore, you receive regular updates on higher education, training activities and support provided by FENS and its partners. NENS members are also eligible to apply for FENS and IBRO-PERC financial support to organise a course, and you can feature your programme to a wide international audience by participating in the NENS Graduate School Fair at the FENS Forum. Download here the pdf describing these benefits.


Q. As a student, how can I benefit from the NENS?

A. Students enrolled in a NENS graduate school programme can apply for a NENS Exchange Grant, which will allow them to visit laboratories of other NENS Schools and learn a new methodology there. Furthermore you can participate in the Best NENS Poster Awards competition held at the FENS Forum, where NENS also organises and sponsors events devoted to career development and job placement for young European neuroscientists. The pdf describing the benefits for students can be found here.


NENS Exchange Grants:

Q. My home-institute is a NENS member, but the host-institute I want to go to is not (or vice versa); can I still apply for the NENS Exchange Grant?

A. In order to be eligible for the NENS Exchange Grant, both the home- and host institute need to be a NENS member. You can encourage your home/host institute to apply for a NENS membership, which is free of charge and easy to do, before you apply for the NENS Exchange Grant. A new programme is added within maximum two weeks, if eligible.


Q. How long in advance do I need to apply for an Exchange Grant?

A. The only requirement regarding time is that training must be completed during the year that follows the deadline of your application. That is, if you applied for the deadline of April 15, you will have to finish your training stay before April 15 of the next year. Similarly, for the deadline of October 15, you will have to finish your training stay before October 15 of the next year.


Q. What does the NENS Exchange Grant cover, and how do I get paid?

A. The Exchange Grants do cover travel and accommodation costs of up to 3,000 EUR. You have to hand in a report after the completion of your training stay, and only after the submission of this report you will be reimbursed on your account.


Slots in NENS Courses:

Q.: I am not enrolled with a NENS programme, can I apply for the FENS and IBRO-PERC stipend to attend one of the courses organised by a NENS school?

A.: Yes, you can as long as you are a MSc or PhD student enrolled in a programme in a country different than the one where the course is taking place. Check the Slots in NENS Courses web page for more information.


NENS Alumni:

Q. How do I become a NENS alumnus?

A. Once awarded with a NENS Exchange Grant and having submitted your report, you automatically become a NENS Alumnus. The NENS Alumni network aims to encourage and coagulate a network among alumni students. It is not possible to apply for a NENS alumnus membership.


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