EANS-funded Observerships

As a not for profit organisation, our goal is to be able to plough back the revenue we earn from events and subscriptions into initiatives which will benefit our members.  We are therefore delighted to be offering the EANS funded observerships, first introduced in 2014. 

 These will be awarded to the highest scoring candidates who demonstrate to the selection panel both their need for exposure outside of their training unit and the potential gain at this point of their careers.

No preference will be given to the host or applicant’s geographical location or subspecialty. Host units have not been pre-selected; it is entirely the candidate’s decision which unit they approach. Applications must be jointly agreed with the host unit, and the candidate must submit an invitation letter from the host unit. 

The financial stipend is €3000 for the visitor, and €1000 for the host unit. A final portion of the sum will be delivered upon completion of the post-Observership conditions (see below).

The 2017 EANS-funded observerships winners have been announced!

Our congratulations go to:

Alkinoos Athanasiou, Greece
Adrian Bodiu, Moldova
Teemu Luoto, Finland
Abraham Tsitlakidis, Greece
Gheorghe Ungureanu, Romania






To Apply

Applications are currently closed and will open later in 2018.

Please read the information below carefully.

Criteria of eligibility:

1.     EANS Individual membership. If you are not an Individual Member of the EANS you can apply today. Memberships are available from as little as €75 per annum.

2.     Trainees or Young Neurosurgeons within 5 years of completion of residency

3.     At least some knowledge of the language of the country to be visited

4.     Demonstrable potential benefit at this career-point because the Observership would allow exposure in techniques/environment that are not available at home institution; and/or it would allow further development of the Observer’s interests in a field not easily available at the home institution/environment.

Required documents for application:

a.    CV.

b.    Letter of recommendation from Chairman/Residency director of home institution, specifying why the proposed Observership will be of benefit to the applicant.

c.     A personal statement stating why and how the Observership would be of benefit to the applicant at this career-point.

d.    Provide a letter of invitation from the potential host unit, which can be any neurosurgical unit in Europe – this should include a guarantee that the host unit can accommodate a foreign/non-fluent Observer in its day-to-day activities


Post-Observership Conditions:

 1.     Written feedback report from Awardees evaluating the experience, within a month of completion of the Observership

2.     Written feedback report from the Host unit evaluating the Observer’s engagement and performance, within a month of the end of the Observership

3.     Successful applicants are strongly encouraged to physically present a short report after their observership at the EANS Young Neurosurgeons Meeting


Evaluation Criteria 

Applications will be evaluated on academic merit and training to date / credentials and personal recommendations / reviewers' perception of the extent to which the candidate would benefit from the observership / competence in the language of the selected host clinic / rationale for application and personal statement

For any questions please contact info@eans.org