Applications open for FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence

8th Feb 2018

The Call for Applications for the selection of 15 FENS-Kavli Scholars (2018-2022) is now open.

Candidates can apply themselves, but candidates can also approach us to be nominated by the BNAAs a member Society of FENS, the BNA can nominate up to two candidates. 

If you are interested in having your application supported by a BNA nomination, please read all the information below and send us information as stated.


  • Applying to the BNA for one of two BNA-supported nominations for FENS-Kavli scholarship = April 24th 2018 (EXTENDED)
  • Application to FENS for FENS-Kavli scholarship = May 10th 2018

About the FKNE

The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence is a prestigious network of 30 outstanding early to mid-career European neuroscientists.

The Network was established in 2014 through a collaboration by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the Kavli Foundation. The multidisciplinary, international Network of FENS-Kavli Scholars is self-organised and aims to improve Neuroscience in Europe and beyond through scientific exchange, providing opportunities for young scientists, and facilitating dialogue between scientists, policy-makers, and society. FKNE Scholars participate in ~ 2 meetings per year that allow for lively discussion of a range of topics across Neuroscience as well as challenges and opportunities for European neuroscientists.

Check here to find out more about the current FENS Kavli Scholars and some of FKNE’s scientific, outreach, and policy activities.

Criteria for Candidates

  • Neuroscientists at early and mid-career stages with successful and independent research lines - as evidenced by outstanding publications as main authors - who have won prestigious personal prizes, fellowships, or grants (e.g. ERC grants or comparable national grants) and lead their own group;
  • Neuroscientists who typically completed their PhD work 4-12 years ago (though there is no strict timing rule);
  • Neuroscientists with strong leadership and communication skills who are motivated to actively participate in Network activities;
  • To allow optimal group dynamics, a good spread over disciplines, geography and gender will be strived for

The FENS-Kavli Scholars:

  • will be selected based on the above criteria;
  • will actively serve two terms, each of 2 years' duration (i.e.: 2018-2022).

Selection of 15 new FENS-Kavli Scholars will take place in 2018.


  • Only candidates who have independent PI positions in a FENS member country are eligible;
  • Candidates are encouraged to apply directly;
  • Additionally, each FENS member society (e.g. BNA) may nominate up to two candidates – see below.  These do not have to be members of the nominating society. Gender balance is encouraged;
  • In all cases, the application should be supported by two letters from internationally renowned neuroscientists;
  • All applications and nominations should be submitted via the online application form.

Candidates should be available for maximum 20-minute Skype interview on 5 July 2018.

Applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection procedure just before the FENS Forum 2018 (Berlin, 7-11 July). The newly selected FENS-Kavli Scholars are kindly invited to attend the business meeting of the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence taking place at the FENS Forum 2018, on 9 July, from 11:15 am to 12:30.

Deadline for applications to FENS: May 10th (23.00 o’clock, Brussels time).

BNA Nomination (Deadline 24th April - EXTENDED)

If you wish to strengthen your application with a nomination from the BNA, please send the following information to by April 24th (Midnight GMT) before submitting your application to FENS.

Please send us the same information as that required for the FKNE application (shown on the online application form) i.e.

  • Candidate details
  • CV
  • Motivation statement
  • Two Letters of support

The BNA will select 2 successful candidates for nomination by 26th April, and inform all candidates of the outcome.

All candidates should then submit their application via the online application form by 10th May.

For full details of the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence and Application, please click here

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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