EJP RD Research Mobility Fellowships


Research Mobility Fellowships aim to support PhD students, Postdocs and medical doctors in training to undertake scientific visits outside their country of residence.

The exchange can be carried out within the same ERN (Full Members and Affiliated Partners), between different ERNs, and between ERN and non-ERN institutions.

Successful applicants should acquire new competences and knowledge related to their research on rare diseases, with a defined research plan and demonstrable benefit to the ERN of the home and/or host institution.

The research mobility fellowships are meant to cover stays of 4 weeks to 6 months duration.

Find more information HERE: https://www.ejprarediseases.org/index.php/training-and-empowerment/ern-trainings/


6th call now open!

3rd October - 13th November

Please read more about the programme on the official website: 



Previous calls

The first round of applications was concluded successfully in July 2020. Out of 16 applications received, the Scientific Evaluation Committee selected six outstanding applications by fellows from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, and the UK. The exchange visits involved research units from the following ERNs: ERN-RND, EURO-NMD, ERKNet, eUROGEN, ERNICA, and ERN-Eye.

In the meantime, Calls 2 and 3 were successfully concluded with 9 and 17 funded research projects, respectively. In Call 3 (spring 2021), exchanges between ERNs and non-ERN institutions were allowed, and the duration of the visits was extended from 1 to 6 months.

How to apply?

Who can apply?

  • PhD students with a minimum of one year of research experience
  • Postdocs/research fellows within five years after receiving PhD degree
  • Physicians with at least one year of RD specialist training and within five years of completion of clinical training
  • Applicants and host institutions must be in different countries
  • Home OR host institution must be ERN Full Member or Affiliated Partner

What can you apply for?

  • 1 to 6 months stays
  • Travel cost and accomodation

Evaluation process

Evaluation criteria

  • Relevance and impact of the project for the fellow, home and host institution
  • Clear added value for the ERN(s)
  • Quality of the research proposal
  • Organization and proposed methodology of the training
  • Relevance of timelines and of required resources and budget

Evaluation process

All proposals evaluated by

  • Scientific Evaluation Committee:  
    • 3 ERN representatives
    • 3 independent external scientific experts
    • 1 representative of EJP RD coordination
  • Advisory Regulatory Ethics Board  

ERKNet Research Fellows