The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence is a prestigious network of 30 outstanding young
European neuroscientists who represent the most talented researchers among their peers.
In collaboration with the Kavli Foundation, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies
(FENS) established in 2014 a high-level, multidisciplinary network of excellent early to midcareer
European neuroscientists. The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE) is selforganised
and aims to improve Neuroscience in Europe and beyond through scientific exchange,
providing opportunities for young scientists, and facilitating dialogue between scientists, policymakers,
and society.
Check here to find out more about the current FENS-Kavli Scholars and some of FKNE’s
scientific, outreach, and policy activities.

We are aiming for:
•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.
Application Procedure:
•Only candidates who have independent PI positions in a FENS member country are
•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.

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

Selection Committee:
In 2018, the Selection Committee consists of:
•Megan Carey (Chair) 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

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