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ESC Council on Stroke Research Grant

One research grant of €12,500 to provide an opportunity for a young researcher to train in the field of stroke.

What is the grant for?

The ESC Stroke Research Grant is designed to allow a researcher to spend six months in a European research laboratory or clinic. It is open to young physicians (cardiologists, neurologists, radiologists, vascular surgeons, neurosurgeons, or other researches with MD title, nurses and allied professionals), who demonstrated interest in stroke.

One fellowship per year of 12,500 Euros will be awarded to the successful candidate. The institution and topic are chosen by the candidate. To be eligible, the current institution of the applicant must be different from the host institution and it is unlikely that candidates planning to return to an institution where they have spent time previously will be successful, except in exceptional cases. It is accepted that the candidate remains in its own country. Preference will be given to those for whom the award will enable the fellow to learn novel techniques valuable for their future career.

This fellowship is open to candidates of all nationalities (European or worldwide).

It is also an opportunity to learn and to improve skills to carry back home and a great occasion to develop one’s own international and professional network.

Basic rules

  • 1 fellowship of 12,500 Euros
  • Candidates accept to be interviewed via Skype

Criteria for eligibility

  • Candidates should move in a host laboratory in Europe different from their current laboratory. Same country is allowed.
  • Candidates should not be older than 40 years at the time of the application deadline
  • Candidates must have a professional activity linked to stroke
  • Candidates must be a member of the ESC Council on Stroke (membership is free of charge)

How to apply

Please read the disclaimer on Personal Data Privacy before applying.


Before completing the e-form, prepare your pdf application file as you will have to attach it to your e-form.

Application deadline: 17 February 2021

The pdf application file you will attach to your e-form should consist of a bio-sketch of:

  • Your letter [maximum 2 (two) pages] of motivation including:
    • your birth date
    • your membership of the ESC Council on Stroke
    • information on your activity in the area of stroke
    • details of your project
    • a statement on how you intend to use the award (budget forecast)
    • a statement that, if you do not use the grant within 9 months, you will return it to the ESC
  • A one-page CV with a publication list
  • A letter of acceptance by the host institution
  • A letter of support from your current institution

Winner of the Stroke Research Grant 2018

Dr Bart Mulder, from the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, will go in the University of Münster, Germany. His research will involve multiple projects focusing on human genetics and atrial fibrilation using different approaches, from genome-wide association studies, bio-informatic analyses of large samples of individuals, to experimental work on identifying the role of thrombophilia in recurrent stroke.

Read Bart Mulder testimonial:

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The ESC stroke research grant allows me to study differences in hypercoagulability in relation to stroke and other cardiovascular outcomes in patient with atrial fibrillation undergoing pulmonary vein isolation. This project is a collaboration with the University of Muenster (Germany) and Maastricht University Medical Center (the Netherlands).

Personal Data Privacy

The information collected is subject to computerized processes to data processing to select the winners of the ESC Basic Research Fellowship.

The recipients of the data are ESC Staff who process the form as well as the Judging Panel composed of members of the ESC Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science.

Data collected will be kept for one year.

The ESC uses a cloud CRM and email solution to process and manage your data as well as communicate with you.

In accordance with the chapter 3 of the European Regulation 2016/679 with regards to data protection, you have the right to request from ESC, access to and rectification or erasure of your personal data or restriction of processing concerning your data or to object to processing as well as the right to data portability.

For such, please contact (be aware that a proof of identity will be requested during the process via a secure web link).

You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, and for information, ESC has appointed a Data Protection Officer that you can reach at