A number of travel grants to attend the FENS Forum 2020 will be offered by several FENS member societies and partner organisations.

Each organisation will have different eligibility criteria and deadlines for application.

Please note that only one travel grant per individual will be awarded. Some grants have been converted into waived registration and/or abstract submission fees.

Member Society Grants

A number of travel grants to attend the FENS Forum 2020 are offered by FENS member societies. Please check the links below for the details, as each organisation has different eligibility criteria and deadlines for application.

The BSN will offer 6 travel grants of €500 to their members.

Eligibility conditions for participation:

  • The applicant has (already) finalized and submitted an abstract for presentation at the FENS Forum 2020
  • The applicant is enrolled in a PhD program and works at a Belgian university at the time of application
  • The applicant is a member of the Belgian Society of Neuroscience (with the fees paid), at the time of the application
  • The applicant is not the recipient of any other grant to attend the FENS Forum

Applications must include the following:

  • The full academic curriculum vitae, indicating gender, date of birth, (previous) studies scores, awards, and full publication record
  • The abstract contributed to the FENS Forum, including a proof (e.g., confirmation email from FENS) of the actual e-submission
  • A signed (scanned) letter of recommendation from the Director of the applicant’s laboratory

Full details are available on their website here.

The European Sleep Research Society supports early career researchers within Europe. Their meeting fellowships can also be used to attend the Forum 2020.


  • All candidates must be members of the ESRS at the time of application
  • Candidates should be employed in sleep research or sleep medicine training at the time of application
  • There is no upper age limit for eligibility; however, preference will be given to candidates who are in the early stages of their career
  • Funding is open to all nationalities and for European and non-European based candidates
  • The grant sum awarded by the ESRS should cover travel and accommodation costs within Europe. A maximum amount of 500 EUR will be awarded
  • A maximum of six grants per year will be financed

In order to apply, the candidate’s CV is required with the following:

  • Candidate’s ID photo
  • Candidate’s passport or ID
  • Candidate’s highest degree
  • Breakdown of registration, travel and accommodation costs

Further information can be found here.

The European Society for Neurochemistry (ESN) offers 3 travel grants to young ESN members for participation in the FENS Forum and ESN Mini-Conference.

Eligibility for application for ESN support:

  • Current ESN membership
  • Students, Ph.D. students and young postdocs, being younger than 36 years
  • The applicant will participate with their own contribution, being the first author

The financial support amounts to 500 Euro.

Applications should be sent electronically to the ESN Secretary Prof Illana Gozes at igozes@tauex.tau.ac.il

The application must contain the following documents:

  • Application letter (max. 3000 characters including spaces)
  • A short CV (max. 2 pages)
  • For PhD students, confirmation of their PhD studentship from the University or Host Institution
  • List of publications
  • Copy of the abstract (max. 3000 characters including spaces)
  • One letter of recommendation (one page)

Application deadline: 15 January 2020.

Applicants will be informed about the results of their application by 31 January 2020.

For more information about the ESN, visit their website.

Travel grant amount: 500 Euro

Eligibility criteria:

  • Doctoral students and young postdocs
  • The age limit at time of application is 35 years
  • Participation with an own contribution as first author is mandatory
  • GNS membership is mandatory

The following documents must be submitted either in English or in German:

  • Letter of application (up to 3000 characters including spaces)
  • CV (up to 3000 characters including spaces)
  • Publication list (if available)
  • Copy of the abstract presented at the FENS Forum (up to 3000 characters including spaces)
  • A short letter of recommendation

Further information can be found here.

IBANGS offers a travel award of $500 to assist trainees.

In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be or become an IBANGS member
  • Be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or M.D. training program, or in a post-doctoral position

Applications should include:

  • A CV
  • An abstract (250 or fewer words) of the work to be presented
  • A letter that describes applicant eligibility (e.g., in what year of what training program, or postdoctoral status)
  • How meeting attendance will further the applicant’s career goals
  • Why the work to be presented is deserving of recognition
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from the PI of the laboratory in which the applicant is conducting research

Full details are available on their website here.

The Italian Society for Neuroscience (SINS) will award 10 stipends to its pre-doctoral and postdoctoral members for the participation to the 12th FENS Forum of Neuroscience, Glasgow.

Applicants are eligible only if they are already SINS members or if they submit the SINS membership application form from the SINS website (www.sins.it > membership > application) together with the fellowship application form.

Applications are done via a form available here along with further details.

The LNA has a stipend fund that can be used for attendance to the Forum.

Travel grant amount: 1000 Euro/year

Eligibility criteria:

  • LNA membership for at least two years
  • Early stage of career
  • Repeated application only after minimum two years

Application procedures: every quarter, the applicant has to provide an application with two recommendations.

Further information can be found here.

The Polish Neuroscience Society is offering 6 travel grants for young scientists to attend the 12th FENS Forum in Glasgow.

To be eligible you should be:

  • A member of the Polish Neuroscience Society in good standing
  • A PhD student (3rd or 4th year) or a researcher at a Polish research institution
  • Younger than 35 years old
  • First author of an abstract or oral presentation submitted to the 2020 FENS Forum of Neuroscience

To apply you need to submit:

  • A CV with a list of publications
  • A copy of the communication to be presented at the FENS forum
  • A short description of the scientific significance of the communication
  • A letter of recommendation from a PhD advisor or principal investigator

Details necessary to apply for the grant are provided here.

SPN will offer 10 travel awards of €500 to 5 Master degree or PhD students and 5 Postdoctoral fellows.


  • Applicants must be SPN members (with no overdue membership fees)
  • Applicants must have submitted their work to FENS Forum 2020


  • Short CV with publication record (with impact factors of the journals at the time of publication) and communications.
  • Abstract submitted to FENS Forum 2020
  • Contact information of the supervisor

Further information can be found here.

The French Neuroscience Society offers 20 travel grants of 500 Euro to its student members to attend the FENS Forum.

Applicants should be:

  • Student member of the French Neuroscience Society
  • First author of an abstract presented at the FENS Forum
  • Working in a French laboratory
  • In their last year of research doctorate

Only one application per team.


  • CV
  • Copy of the abstract submitted at the FENS Forum (pdf format),
  • Recommendation letter of the thesis supervisor (pdf format).

Further details are available here.

The Spanish Society for Neuroscience (SENC) will offer 32 travel grants (400 euros each) for young scientists attending the 2020 FENS Forum.

The applicant has to be:

– Member of SENC (2019-20 fee fully paid).

– First author of an abstract to be presented at the Forum.

– Age limit ≤ 35 years old.

– Preference will be given to those applicants that have not received similar travel awards in the past.

Applicants should access their private area, enter the “Becas Asistencia FENS” at the bottom and upload the following information:

– CV (one page maximum).

– A copy of the abstract presented at FENS Forum.

– For PhD students, a letter from the PhD Supervisor or Department Head certifying that the applicant is pursuing his/her PhD.

– For postdocs, state the date of PhD dissertation.

Please note that if candidates are awarded by other society or foundation (i.e., FENS), they will be excluded from the SENC application.

Full details are available here.

The British Neuroscience Association (BNA) is offering bursaries of up to £300 to support its student and Early Career members to attend the Forum.

Eligibility conditions for participation:

  • the applicant must be a member of BNA at the time of application and, in addition, must either:
    • have been a member of the BNA for a continuous period of at least 12 months prior to the deadline (i.e. since 6th April 2019 or before).


    • have their application supported by a Full Member of the BNA who is either the applicant’s supervisor, Principle Investigator, lab head, or another senior staff member of the institution at which the applicant is also based.
  • the applicant must NOT have received a bursary from the BNA to attend a previous FENS Forum
  • the applicant must be currently registered as an undergraduate or as a postgraduate student or have been awarded their PhD (date of successful viva voce) or completed their F2 no earlier than 6 April 2016
  • the applicant must be registered for the FENS 2020 Forum meeting
  • the applicant must be presenting a poster as FIRST AUTHOR at the meeting. They must have submitted their poster abstract at the time of applying for the bursary, and subsequently have their abstract accepted for poster presentation.
  • the expectation is that applicants will have sought additional funds from elsewhere

Deadline: 6 April 2020. Full details available on the BNA website here

EBBS offers 5 travel awards: 1 for a post-doc and 4 for PhD students. Awardees will receive € 500 via Bank Transfer after the end of the meeting.

Applicants must be EBBS members at the time of application and in good standing with their membership fees.

Applications for the Travel Fellowship should include:
– A copy of the abstract identical to the one that will be submitted to the meeting (the applicant must be the first author)
– A one-page CV
– Applications should be sent by email to the EBBS Secretary General Antonis Stamatakis (astam@nurs.uoa.gr)

The information is also available here.

A Special Travel Bursary Scheme for young Neuroscience Ireland Members to attend FENS 2020 is now open.


– Member of Neuroscience Ireland

– Abstract submitted to the FENS Forum

– Letter of support from supervisor

Further details and the application form are available on this website

ANA provides 6 travel grants of 600 € each for ANA members.

Eligibility conditions:

Applicable for students and young PhDs (up to 3 years after graduation) who have not been successful with their FENS/IBRO-PERC Travel Grant application.

Application procedure:

Please submit your abstract, a brief motivation letter, CV, and a letter of recommendation by your supervisor to the ANA Secretariat.

Full details are available here.

Partner Grants

The Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS) and FENS support under the FENS-JNS agreement to facilitate science exchange among their members travel and/or accommodation costs associated with participation in respective JNS or FENS Meetings, or FENS supported Cajal training courses. These stipends up to a maximum of 4,000 Euro (1,000 Euro per person or 2,000 Euro per person) cover the actual travel expenses (economy flight only) and expenses linked to accommodation during the annual or biennial meetings, or the training period. This program is designed to help researchers broaden their research perspective and to encourage their research and social interaction. JNS helps and supports undergraduate or graduate students, working towards a master or PhD degree, or early phase postdocs (less than three years after PhD graduation at the time of the application deadline) to join the FENS biennial meetings in the even years, or the FENS-supported Cajal training programs in odd years.

Find out more: https://www.jnss.org/191021-02/

4 x 500 Euro Travel Grants

In association with the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), Proteintech is proud to support researchers by offering 4 x €500 travel grants to attend the 2020 FENS Forum meeting in Glasgow, UK.

For more information and to apply, please click here

The first Minerva award of €500 will support travel to the 12th FENS Forum of Neuroscience.


– Open to postgraduates, PhD candidates and early career postdocs (less than 5 years since graduating) currently working in an Irish or Northern Irish university or public institution.

– Conducting research in neurodevelopmental disorders, psychiatric diseases or drug addiction

– Has either been accepted, applied or plans to apply to a poster or oral presentation at the 2020 Forum

Applicants are required to submit the following:

– Short CV (2 pages maximum)

– Abstract (prepared as per FENS guidelines)

– Letter of reference from supervisor

Further details can be found here.

SfN will provide fifteen awards in the amount of $2,500 to members from the United States, Canada and Mexico to attend the biannual FENS Forum.

The following materials are required:
– One page curriculum vitae (CV), including country of residency and education (note when applicant advanced to PhD candidacy), honors, awards, and publications
– One letter of recommendation from an academic adviser
– A copy of the abstract that has been submitted for the conference. Awardees must submit an abstract at their own expense by the FENS deadline of February 18, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CET. SfN will request proof of submission from awardees
– A 500 word essay or less describing career goals, planned research, and the value of attending the FENS Forum

– Must be living and working in the United States, Canada or Mexico at the time of travel to the conference
– Enrollment as a graduate student who has advanced to PhD candidacy or postdoctoral fellows
– Applicant is the first author of an abstract to be presented at the Forum
– SfN membership
– Applicant may not receive another SfN travel award in the same year

Submissions Open: February 20, 2020

Full details available at: https://www.sfn.org/meetings/meeting-awards/fens-forum-awards

The ALBA Network, the FENS Kavli Network of Excellence (FKNE), and Young IBRO (YIBRO) in partnership with FENSIBRO, the Federación Latinoamericana de Neurociencias y el Caribe (FALAN), the Federation of Asian-Oceanian Neuroscience Societies (FAONS), and the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA), are offering diversity access grants to the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum. The grants correspond to waived registration to the FENS Forum 2020 for scientists from specific countries according to the World Bank country classifications II, III and IV (middle, lower, middle and low income economies): please see here.

This call is open to all members of FALAN, FAONS and SONA (i.e., members of the associated member societies) but applications from scientists in other eligible countries are also encouraged. While priority in the selection shall be given to early career scientists (MSc, PhD students, Postdocs), the call is open to all eligible scientists.

Eligible criteria:

  • Be a member of a society affiliated with FALAN, FAONS or SONA OR currently live and work in one of the countries that are part of the World Bank country classifications II, III and IV
  • Not already benefit from any other grant to attend the FENS Forum
  • Submit a brief motivation statement and basic information about your scientific profile

If you are eligible and wish to apply for a grant, please apply through this online form.

Deadline: 14 June 2020 (23:59 CEST).

Please note:

  • Abstract submission and poster presentation are not included in the grants.
  • Selected scientists should not register individually to the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum. They will be provided support for their registration by the FENS Forum administration after the results are announced.