Connecting European Neuroscience

NENS Exchange Grants

These exchange grants for training stays are intended for Master and PhD students registered within NENS member school programmes.

Applicants are expected to spend a period of one to three months at a NENS member school of their choice in a different European country for the purpose of methodological training.

The exchange grants cover travel and accommodation costs of up to 3,000 EUR.

Application deadlines every year on: 15 April and 15 October (midnight, Brussels time)

Application details:

To apply for a NENS exchange grant please read carefully the Tips for submission and complete the application pack available for download and send this to NENS via

The application pack includes: 

1. Cover sheet (information on personal details, FENS member ID) 
2. Proof that applicant is a registered student at a NENS school program and proof of NENS membership of host school program.
3. Statement on motivation for intended training stay (250 words max.) 
4. Short description of Master or PhD project (250 words max.) 
5. Description of proposed project during training stay (500 words max.); the applicant should be enrolled with a NENS school programme at the time when the application is submitted, as well as on the proposed period of the training stay.
6. Description of methods to be learned or course to be followed during training stay (250 words max.) 
7. Declaration of expected costs 
8. Letter of recommendation from Master/ PhD supervisor (500 words max.) 
9. Letter of support from host laboratory (500 words max.) 

You have the possibility to conduct an individually arranged internship at a laboratory associated to a NENS school. You could also take part in organised courses offered by that NENS programme during your internship in the laboratory.

Please note that you will be required to hand in a report after the completion of your training stay to the NENS Office. Only after the submission of this report you will be reimbursed. This report will be published on the NENS Alumni Students page.
Training must be completed during the year that follows the deadline of your application.

Preference will be given to early stage students and those who intend to conduct methodological training for the integration in their research work. International stays within the NENS community will be prioritised in accordance with the NENS ethos of fostering training and exchange at the level of graduate research and education across the European neuroscience community.

For further information and enquiries, please contact the NENS Office:


Recent NENS Exchange Grants Awardees:

April 2020:

- Hamed Mohammadi (Master of Neurosciences, University of Bordeaux, France)

October 2019:

- Lukas Braun (MSc at International Master Program Computational Neuroscience, Humboldt University/Technical University Berlin, Germany)

- Pablo Machuca Marquez (PhD, PhD Programme in Neurosciences, UAB, Spain)

- Joana Filipa Gonçalves Ribeiro (PhD, Neuroscience, Faculy of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal)

April 2019:

- Arnau Ramos Prats (PhD at Signal Processing in Neurons (SPIN) in Innsbruck, Austria)

- Mandy Meijer (PhD at Donders Graduate School in Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

Check all past NENS Exchange Grants awardees and their submitted reports following their stays on the NENS Alumni page.



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18-21 April 2021, Rungstedgaard, Denmark

Co-chairs: Erin Schuman (MPI Brain Research) & Giovanna Mallucci (University of Cambridge)

Applications reopen in November 2020.



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