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ESC Council on Stroke Mechanical Thrombectomy Grant

Apply for a grant to cover the cost of the EXMINT course

Application period is 1st June to 1st August.


The Council on Stroke encourages mechanical thrombectomy training for healthcare professionals and is pleased to support them through this ESC Stroke Mechanical Thrombectomy Grant. 

Read more on the interdisciplinary management of acute ischaemic stroke in this scientific document:

Interdisciplinary management of acute ischaemic stroke: Current evidence training requirements for endovascular stroke treatment

What is the grant for?

The ESC Stroke Mechanical Thrombectomy Grant is designed to allow a physician to perform the EXMINT course.

One EXMINT cycle comprises two 5-day courses, including lectures, small group tutorials, debates, and tests. 

It is open to physicians (cardiologists, neurologists, radiologists, vascular surgeons, neurosurgeons, or other researchers with MD title, nurses and allied professionals), who demonstrate an interest in stroke.

EXMINT Course  will consist of EXMINT .1: online and EXMINT .2: onsite.

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

More information on the EXMINT course.

Basic rules

  • Awardees will be paid upon completion of the course.
  • Awardees will be paid proportionally to the number of courses (Course .1, Course .2) that they have completed. Proof of attendance will be requested.

Criteria for eligibility

  • Candidates should not be older than 50 (fifty) years at the time of the application deadline
  • Candidates must be active in the area of stroke
  • Candidates must be members of the Council on Stroke


Feedbacks from previous grant winner

"I am very grateful to the ESC stroke council for awarding me this grant which allowed me to complete the EXMINT 5:1 and EXMINT 5:2 course. This course is an essential part of training for physicians from other disciplines to learn about anatomy, theory and hands-on training. It is reassuring to know that the ESC is supporting the structured education of Cardiologists interested in this life-saving procedure. The course is well taught by experts in the field and it is a great opportunity to network with physicians from all around the world and learn about implementation in different health systems."

Doctor Shazia Hussain

How to apply

Please read the disclaimer on Personal Data Privacy before applying.

To access the application online form please log in to your "My ESC" account and select "New Application" in the "Grants" area. 

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

This application file should contain your letter of motivation including (maximum two pages): 

  • a one-page CV with a publication list
  • information on your activity in the area of stroke
  • information on why you need to complete the EXMINT course
  • a statement that you understand that if you do not complete the EXMINT course, the grant will not be paid by the ESC

Application deadline : 1st August.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of September.

Personal Data Privacy

The information collected is subject to computerized processes to data processing to select the winners of the ESC Stroke Mechanical Thrombectomy.

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 Stroke.

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