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The call for 2023-2027 FENS-Kavli Scholars is now closed.

The 2023-2027 FENS-Kavli Scholars were selected. 

Check here the profiles of current FENS-Kavli Scholars

Application Procedure 2023

  • Only neuroscientists employed in independent positions (Principal Investigators) at Academic or Research Institutions in Europe (N.B. This includes PIs located in the European countries where FENS has a national society, and the PIs that have an individual FENS membership in the European countries – as defined by United Nations – where FENS does not have a national society) are eligible;
  • Candidates are encouraged to apply directly;
  • Additionally, each FENS member society may nominate up to two candidates. These do not have to be members of the nominating society. Applications made by member societies will be subject to all of the same selection criteria as individual applications. Gender balance is strongly 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.

Diversity is a central value of the FENS-Kavli Network and is thus a central focus in our recruitment process.

Candidates should be available for maximum 20 minutes online interview scheduled to take place between 7 and 15 June 2023. 

The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE) consists of 30 Scholars; they serve two terms of 2 years (4 years in total). Every two years up to 15 new Scholars are selected, and 15 – end their mandate/rotate off, becoming FKNE Alumni.


The Call for FENS-Kavli Scholars 2023-2027 is now closed.



For the 2023-2027 FKNE cohort, we aim to recruit 15 excellent, diverse, engaged scientists from all Europe who are:

  • early and mid-career stage neuroscientists with independent positions;
  • Neuroscientists who typically completed their PhD work 4-12 years ago (though there is no strict timing rule, and candidates who are over 12 years post-PhD will still be considered to allow for childcare considerations).

Our ideal cohort has:

  • Excellence in track record;
  • Representation of scientific communities across all Europe;
  • Diversity of research focuses and approaches to the study of nervous system function;
  • Representation of gender and ethnic diversity;
  • Engagement and participation to FKNE activities

The FENS-Kavli Scholars:

  • will be selected based on the above criteria
  • will actively serve two terms, each of 2 years’ duration (i.e.: 2023-2027).

The selection of the 15 new FENS-Kavli Scholars will take place in the first half of 2023.

2023 Selection Committee:

Past Selection Committees


2021 Selection Committee

Tomás Ryan – FKNE Chair
Pirta Hotulainen – FKNE Vice-Chair
Irene Tracey – FENS President-Elect
Stephanie Albin – Science Program Officer, The Kavli Foundation
Asya Rolls – FKNE Alumni 
Lucia Prieto-Godino – FKNE Scholar
Julie Duqué – FKNE Scholar
Maximilian Jösch – FKNE Scholar

Filippo Del Bene – FKNE Scholar

2018 Selection Committee

Megan Carey – FKNE Chair
Gaia Novarino – FKNE Vice-Chair
Carmen Sandi – FENS President-Elect
Thomas Mrsic-Flogel – FENS Forum 2018 Program Committee Chair
Panayiota Poirazi – Former FKNE Chair
Filippo Del Bene – FKNE Scholar
Patrik Verstreken – FKNE Scholar
Tim Vogels – FKNE Scholar





2016 Selection Committee

Panayiota Poirazi – FKNE Chair 
Ileana Hanganu-Opatz – FKNE Scholar 
Asya Rolls – FKNE Scholar 
Emre Yaksi – FKNE Scholar
Barry Everitt – FENS President-Elect 

Rui M. Costa – FENS Forum 2016 Program Committee Chair
Marian Joëls – FENS Past President

2014 Selection Committee

Monica Di Luca – FENS President
Marian Joëls – FENS Past President
Marianne Amalric – FENS Secretary General
Juan Lerma – FENS Secretary General-Elect
Patrick Verstreken – mid-career neuroscientist