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Observerships - Short-term Fellowship

Member to Member Grant for up to 14 Days - Observership

Members of EUROSPINE and applicants for membership of EUROSPINE are eligible to compete for competitive grants towards Observership of up to 14 days with any EUROSPINE member to gain valuable experience. The Observership Fellow will be granted a stipend of € 1500 and will be responsible to arrange for and pay for all relevant expenses related to the experience.


A.The observership grant is open to full members/ young members of EUROSPINE. Pending Members are considered if a full membership or young membership application has been submitted.
B.The application must include an up-to-date CV in English.
C.The application must include a letter of intent/ motivation letter indicating the type of observership, what the applicant intends to learn from the oberservership and why the observership is relevant for their training.
D.The application must include a letter from their hospital (head) indicating that if accepted, they will be given the time by the employer to attend paid or unpaid.
E.The applicant must have already published one abstract as a first author for one of the major European spine meetings or have a publication in a major spine journal.
D.The applicant should indicate where/ who they wish to visit for their observership.


A. Application process is done on a rolling basis starting 1 February 2016 and close once all spaces are full.
B. Applications will be forwarded to the Education and Fellowship Committee of EUROSPINE for appraisal.
C. Qualified applicants will be selected based on application criteria versus number of grants available during the selection process.
D. All applicants will be informed via e-mail of the decision.
E. Grant recipients are responsible for the organisation of the observership (see also process & procedures document below) including:
- Contacting the Member for the Observership
- Gaining agreement from Member on Observership Dates, procedures, etc.
- Attending the Observership
- Arranging all flights, hotels, meal accordingly
- Arrange with the host all files related to safety and vaccinations valid for the hospital.
F. Grant recipients must complete the Observership Feedback Form (on line).
G. EUROSPINE administration will provide a certificate of attendance once all criteria is met and transfer of the stipend funds to the account holder grant recipient.

Responsibilities of the Host

A. The Host must be a member of EUROSPINE.
B. The Host must agree with the Fellow on the timing and educational content prior to the Observership.
C. The Host is expected to treat the Fellow as a “Special Guest” and to prepare the staff for his/her arrival.
D. The Host is expected to provide solid educational experience for the Fellow.

Online Application

  • Applicant

  • I am EUROSPINE full member   
    I am EUROSPINE young member   
    I have applied for EUROSPINE membership   
  • Apply for membership »

  • Observership Host

  • Indicate where/who you wish to visit for observership.
    For your reference you may consult the EUROSPINE member directory »

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