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FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Mentoring Prize

The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE) Mentoring Prize honours a scientist who has demonstrated leadership in fostering the careers of neuroscientists.

Personal prize money: 2.000 €

Commitment to mentoring may be demonstrated for example by
  • recommendations from mentees representing different career stages (students, postdocs, PIs, technicians);
  • evidence of support to trainees experiencing personal or professional difficulties;
  • trainees’ career path and successes (both academic and non-academic);
  • evidence of mentoring junior colleagues outside of the immediate supervision (e.g., comments on grant proposals and manuscripts, experimental assistance, career advice).


  • the nominee must be a neuroscientist with a PhD, MD or equivalent;
  • the nominee must currently be a head of a research laboratory in a FENS member country with responsibility for mentoring (for example supervising students, postdoctoral researchers or technicians);
  • the nominee is prepared to write a brief statement (500 words) on their mentoring vision if shortlisted for the FKNE Mentoring Prize 2024;
  • the nominee has to be available to attend the FENS Forum 2024 (Vienna, 25-29 June 2024).

The nomination must include:

  • contact details of the proposer;
  • a letter of recommendation by the proposer highlighting the mentoring activities of the nominee;
  • contact details of the nominee;
  • contact details of three additional mentees representing different career stages who the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Office can contact for further references.

Mentoring Prize Selection Committee 2024:

Deadline for Nominations: 15 February 2024, 5 PM CET

The recipient of the FKNE Mentoring Prize 2024 will be announced during an Awarding Ceremont at the FENS Forum 2024.

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The FKNE Mentoring Prize is sponsored by the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET).


Award Type: Personal Award

Prize Money: 2,000 Euro

Granting Body: FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence

Application/Submission Deadline: 15 Feb 2024

Award Ceremony: 15 Feb 2024

Contact Details

Name: Mihaela Vincze/FKNE Office