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. 

Five awards are available, each for a month’s funded study in the European neurosurgical unit of the observer’s choice, and we very much hope that the scheme will generate the same kind of interest as the industry funded awards that are already on offer.  

Announcing the 2016 Winners!

Toma Spiriev from Bulgaria, going to Dusseldorf
Antony Thomas from South Africa, going to Athens
Georg Karpel-Massler from Germany, going to Montpellier
Rina di Bonaventura from Italy, going to Cambridge
Sayoa Alvarez de Eulate Beramendi from Spain, going to Cambridge

Wishing them all the best for a very successful observership and beyond!


Please note, applications for the 2017 EANS-funded observerships will open later in the year (normally in the autumn).

The application process:

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

Submit a CV and letter of recommendation from your own institution
This should be signed by your Chief and provide reasons for why you would benefit  

Submit a personal statement
You should provide us with a letter explaining why you believe you should be considered for this award.

Submit an invitation letter from your desired host unit
You will need to write to the unit asking for this, and mentioning the EANS Observerships. The invitation can be from any neurosurgical unit in Europe. (If you would like some ideas, please find a list centres that have indicated that they would be willing to host short-term observers here.)

Places will be freely awarded on the basis of most worthy candidates; no preference will be given to georgraphical location, specialty etc. Host units have not been preselected; it is entirely the candidate’s decision which unit he/she approaches. Applications must include an invitation letter from the host unit, as the observership must be jointly agreed by the unit and the candidate. The financial stipend is €3000 for the visitor, and €1000 for the host unit.

For any questions please contact info@eans.org