BNA support for FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence applicants (2020 round, postponed)

4th Nov 2020

The Call for Applications for the selection of FENS-Kavli Scholars 2021-2025 is now open. (Please note that this call was originally put out earlier in 2020, and was postponed due to COVID19).  

Candidates can apply themselves, but candidates can also approach us to be nominated by the BNA - as a member Society of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the BNA can give support to a candidate. 

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 a BNA-supported nomination for FENS-Kavli scholarship = 4th January 2021
  • Application to FENS for FENS-Kavli scholarship = 30th January 2021

About the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE)

The 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. 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.

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

Selection of 15 new FENS-Kavli Scholars will take place in 2021. The new FENS-Kavli scholars will actively serve two terms, each of 2 years' duration (i.e. 2021-2025).


  • 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 following instructions on the FKNE website

BNA Nomination (Deadline 4th January 2021)

If you wish to strengthen your application with a nomination from the BNA, please send the following information to by 23:59 GMT 4th January 2021, before submitting your application to FENS by 30th January 2021.

  1. Candidate details: name, email, gender, affiliation/workplace
  2. Date and year of PhD thesis
  3. Place of PhD
  4. Title and supervisor(s) of PhD thesis
  5. Curriculum Vitae (maximum three pages) that clearly addresses the following items:
    • Current position and affiliation; including amount of time dedicated to research;
    • Previous positions and affiliations;
    • If applicable indicate the reasons for any career breaks or leaves of absence (e.g. due to maternity leave);
    • List of publications, highlighting the 5-10 most relevant;
    • Personal prizes, awards, fellowships, grants etc.;
    • Leadership/ organisational activities;
    • Memberships of scientific societies, editorial boards etc.;
    • Invited lectures;
    • Knowledge transfer (industrial innovation, outreach to lay public etc.);
    • Other responsibilities
  6. Summary of your main contribution(s) to neuroscience (max. 250 words) 
  7. Motivation for joining FKNE (max. 250 words) 
  8. One letter of support from a referee*

*Please note that the full FKNE application requires the names of two referees, and that these are expected to be 'internationally renowned neuroscientists'.  The letter of support you send to us for this BNA selection process does not have to be from one of these two referees, but we suggest you approach the same individual for both the BNA letter and to be one of your referees. 

The BNA will select the successful candidate for nomination by 20th January, and inform all candidates of the outcome.

All candidates must then submit their application via FKNE website by the 30th January.

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

Deadline for applications to FENS: 30 January 2021

Candidates should be available for maximum 20-minute Skype interview on 16 March 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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