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Fellowship Award 2015-2017

Under the authority of the Committee for Scientific Affairs and Awards

+ AIMS (click to open/close)

In 2015 ESPID is offering three Fellowship Awards sponsored by ESPID, fellowships can take place outside or within applicant’s own institution and country.

Completed applications for ESPID Fellowship Award must be received by 1st December 2015 for the awards to be presented in May 2015.The goal of the fellowship award is to stimulate basic or clinical research that utilizes advanced techniques and methods to improve the health of children by prevention or management of infectious diseases.Applications with emphasis on prevention will receive high priority.

+ ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA (click to open/close)

Applicants must either come from the European region or must be resident and working there to undertake the fellowship or both.

  • Applicant must be less than 40 years old on the day of the deadline
  • Applications from individuals who have previously received an ESPID fellowship of this kind will not be considered. (Previous recipients of other ESPID awards, including training fellowships are not excluded)
  • Candidates must possess a medical qualification (MD or equivalent) and\or PhD - selection preference will be given to physician scientists.
  • At the time of application the candidate must be either accepted for a paediatric infectious diseases fellowship programme or should already be working in such a programme or have embarked upon the nearest equivalent training pathway that exists in their country.
  • The award will be for the two years of training, during which time the applicant will be expected to devote the major proportion (at least 75% of time) working on the research project described in the application. It is expected that candidates should usually spend the full two years of the fellowship, an absolute minimum of 18 months is required, working in and living near the host centre.
  • At least one out of the mentor supervising the fellow at the host institution (if applicable) or the fellow’s supervisor at their home institution must be a member of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (in “good standing” - click here to download the ESPID "good standing" member criteria). The former must directly and personally supervise the fellow during the visit to the host institution. For fellowships being undertaken at the home institution, it is understood that there is only one supervisor who must comply with these regulations.
  • The fellowship training can take place anywhere in the world, including own country or institution.
  • Applicants must be good standing ESPID members (click here to download the ESPID "good standing" member criteria)
  • Applications not fulfilling all of these criteria will not be put forward for judging.

+ CRITERIA FOR SELECTING THE BEST APPLICANT (click to open/close)

All eligible applications will be judged against the following criteria by the ESPID Committee for Scientific Affairs and Awards (weighting as shown):

(CRITERIA WEIGHTING AS SHOWN: 0 = bad and high score = good)

Evidence of core clinical training in paediatrics and experience/interest in ID

10

Evidence of excellence in previous undergraduate and postgraduate activities – high grades, prizes, publications etc.

5

Proposed research project:

    

Is the proposal well presented and clearly written?

5

Does the proposal address an area of research directly relevant to paediatric infectious diseases?

5

Is the introduction fully researched and clearly presented?

7

Is there a clearly formulated hypothesis to be tested or objective which can be reached in 2 years?

8

Is there a clearly structured plan of investigation which identifies the methodologies to be used?

10

Is the proposal original, or will it address questions which have been or are being addressed by others?

5

Are the necessary resources, funds and equipment clearly offered and available? (Apart from the salary and personal support for the candidate).

Y/N (if no, application rejected)

Track record of the hosting group in the area of research proposed

10

TOTAL

65

In the event of a close score on scientific grounds and track record, the perceived likelihood of particular individual candidates finding alternative funding for their proposals will be taken into account in the final decision.

+ SUPPORT (click to open/close)

Since the year 2014, ESPID Board together with the Committee for Scientific Affairs and Awards made a decision to increase annual stipend from 40.000 EUR to 50.000 EUR for fellows working in the European region or 50.000 USD for fellows working in the US or Americas. Fellows working elsewhere in the world may choose in which of these two currencies their stipend will be paid. This stipend will be given annually for two years subject to review at the end of the first year. The stipend is intended solely to provide salary and personal benefits for the fellow, travel costs for the fellow +/- her/his family between home and the host institution (if required) and to support annual attendance at the ESPID annual conference. It is not intended to provide resources for a division's research programme through payment for research materials and consumables, or to pay indirect costs of the host or home institution.

+ APPLICATION PROCESS (click to open/close)

Candidates should send the completed application (see below) and letters of support: one from the applicant's supervisor at their home institution and the other from their proposed supervisor at the host institution (if these are different people).

These materials should be sent preferably by email to the ESPID Secretariat at espid@kenes.ch. They can also be sent by post to: ESPID Secretariat, DPiet Heinkade 55, 1019GM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands or by fax +31 20 763 05 11. This should be received no later than 1st December 2015. Each application will be reviewed by the ESPID Committee for Scientific Affairs and Awards comprised of 5 society members. Announcement of the awards will be made at the 2015 ESPID annual meeting in Leipzig, Germany.

+ PROGRESS REPORT (click to open/close)

A progress report must be prepared by recipient of the fellowship award and submitted by 1 April 2017 to ESPID Secretariat at espid@kenes.ch in order to receive the second year of funding. The report should detail results accomplished to that date, problems, if any, encountered, any alterations to the original protocol that may have become necessary, and the prospects for completion of the project in the two years enabled by the award. Any publications, pending publications or presentations to scientific meetings should also be submitted although, after one year, this is not expected. The report will be reviewed by the Committee for Scientific Affairs and Awards. Notification of agreement to provide the funding for the second year of training will be made by 1 May 2015.

Should during the first year of the project any changes in the protocol occur due to objective reasons the fellow and his mentor are expected to notify the ESPID Secretariat and provide the alternative project. The new project will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and in case of approval the second year fellowship will be paid.

+ FINAL REPORT (click to open/close)

After completion of the two year funding period the fellow must furnish a written summary of the research accomplished, the analyzed and tabulated data and the conclusions and possible implications. Publications resulting from the project should also be submitted. The report should be sent to ESPID Secretariat at espid@kenes.ch by 31 October 2018. The fellow will normally be expected to make an oral presentation of the results of the research at the ESPID annual meeting in 2018.

The recipient of the fellowship award must acknowledge ESPID in any publications that result from the research enabled by the award. Acknowledgements should be worded as follows: that the recipient was supported by an ESPID Fellowship Award.

+ INFORMATION TO BE SUBMITTED (click to open/close)

1. Fellowship

Please indicate in a covering letter answers to the following questions:

  • Is the Fellowship to take place in applicant’s present or recent institution?
  • Is the Fellowship to take place in the applicant’s home country?

2. Research project

The research project must be submitted in single-spaced 12-font typescript throughout, on one side only of A4 paper with a margin of at least 2 cm on the left. The proposal, not including references, must not exceed 5 one sided paged of A4 paper. Applications which do not conform to these rules will be returned.

The proposal should have the following headings:

  • Title
  • Abstract (up to 150 words)
  • Background / Introduction (fully referenced please)
  • Research question / hypothesis to be addressed
  • Plan of investigation (this should include a timetable [it may be helpful to include a summary of how the fellow will divide his/her time and details of any other activities to be undertaken (e.g. clinical experience)], details of methodologies to be used and where, exactly, each part of the research work will be done.
  • Details of the research costs of the work (apart from salary) and how these are to be met
  • References

3. A letter of support from the applicant’s mentor (home institution)

When applying for the ESPID Fellowship, and the fellowship is proposed to take place in the same existing institution as the applicant, then this mentor may be the same person as the proposed supervisor (point 3). In this situation, one letter can therefore cover points 3. and 4.

4. A letter of support from the applicant’s proposed supervisor (host institution).

This letter should include a clear statement that all necessary space, equipment and materials for the research (as detailed in the application proposal) will be provided, including an indication that any necessary funding has been identified and allocated. It should also provide a brief resumé of previous work done by the hosting group in the general area of the proposed research including details of relevant publications

5. Curriculum vitae to include:

  • Family name, forenames and initials, titles (Dr. etc)
  • Corresponding address, telephone, fax, email
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Academic history: List all educational institutions/universities attended after secondary school - include dates of attendance, field of study, degrees and diplomas with dates awarded and grades if appropriate.
  • Clinical training and other occupational experience including any military service – give dates, details of post title, location and grade.
  • Details of any publications (citing full reference details), presentations at meetings (give name, location and date of meeting, title of presentation, names of authors and whether oral or poster), prizes and distinctions (full details, including both undergraduate and post graduate awards)
  • Synopsis of future career hopes, plans and intentions – with an explanation where the ESPID fellowship fits into these
  • Signature (not necessary on electronic submissions) and date of submission

6. Other information

Any centre repeatedly applying to ESPID for fellows is requested to provide past performance of previous fellows and this will be considered during review. This should include a list of publications that came from work done by previous ESPID fellows.