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Goals & aims
Application procedure

The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence is a network of 30 outstanding early to midcareer 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.

Activities include:

Scientific exchange within and beyond the Network. 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.

Science policy actions through white-paper recommendations to European stakeholders on major barriers encountered by young and mid-career neuroscientists (funding schemes, scientific publishing, etc.).

Community activities. Childcare grants and mentoring & PhD thesis prizes established by FKNE are awarded during the FENS Forum. Scholars have co-authored several opinion articles about key issues for early-stage researchers. 

Outreach activities through communications with the general public about brain research.


Photo: FENS-Kavli Scholars, Chicheley Hall, April 2017

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


The deadline for receiving the letters of recommendations from the referees has been extended to Friday, 18 May, 4 pm/Brussels time. The letters should be sent via email to FKNE office at


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

Application Procedure:

  • 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 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 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.


Application form

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


Selection Committee: In 2018, the Selection Committee consists of:

  • Thomas Mrsic-Flogel
    FENS Forum 2018 Program Committee Chair