Applications open for 2023-2027 FENS-Kavli Scholars

26th Jan 2023

The Call for Applications for the selection of FENS-Kavli Scholars (2023-2027) is now open.

Candidates can apply themselves, but candidates can also approach us to be considered for nomination by the BNA (see below) in order to strengthen their applications. 

As 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 follow the instructions carefully.


  • Applying to the BNA for one of two BNA-supported nominations for FENS-Kavli scholarship = 19th March 2023
  • Application to FENS for FENS-Kavli scholarship = 10th April 2023

About the FKNE

The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE) 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. FENS-Kavli 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 the FKNE’s scientific, outreach, and policy activities.

Selection of 15 new FENS-Kavli Scholars will take place this year.

The new FENS-Kavli Scholars will actively serve two terms, each of 2 years' duration (i.e. 2023-2027).


  • 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. 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 following instructions on the FKNE website

Deadline for applications to FENS: 10th April.

Candidates should be available for maximum 20-minute Skype interview with FKNE between 7th and 15th June 2023.

BNA Nomination

If you wish to strengthen your application with a nomination from the BNA, please contact us with the following information at by 19th March (Midnight GMT) before submitting your application to FENS.

  • Candidate details (full name, email address, institution)
  • CV
  • Letter of support

The BNA will select 2 successful candidates for nomination by 31st March 2023, and inform all candidates of the outcome.

All candidates must submit their application themselves via the FKNE website by 10th April 2023.

Candidates successful in winning a BNA nomination should do the same, citing the BNA as their nominating organisation when completing the application form.

For full details of the FENS-Kavli Scholars and the application procedure, please click here

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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