ESE International Endocrine Scholars Programme

Purpose of the ESE International Endocrine Scholars Programme (IESP):

The ESE International Endocrine Scholars Programme is aimed at promoting the career development of young endocrinologists from around the globe by identifying talented young investigators and offering them an exceptional training experience.

Ideal candidates are post-doctoral endocrinologists with promising leadership skills and at the top rank with respect to intelligence, motivation, prior accomplishments, and English language skills. Once selected, the recipients receive counsel through a unique mentoring programme that helps them find financial support, advice and esteemed training opportunities.

The purpose of the programme is to select highly qualified candidates who wish to gain training for a period of 2-3 years in an outstanding laboratory. Individuals with an MD, PhD, DVM, MD/PhD (or equivalent degree) are eligible; clinically qualified candidates should have advanced or completed training.

The training focuses on laboratory-based research; clinically qualified candidates could have an additional clinical observer status, if relevant. However, clinical training is not part of the program. It is expected that the candidates will return to their home country after the training.

The ESE International Endocrine Scholars Programme (IESP) is part of an integrated effort to facilitate collaboration among scientists working around the world and has the long range goal to develop an interactive relationship between the IESP Scholars and the European Society of Endocrinology,  which continues after the return of the IESP Scholars to their home countries. A key element of this plan is to select Scholars who will later become leaders in Endocrinology in their home countries and internationally.

What the IESP Programme offers:

Successful candidates will be invited to attend the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting. Travel, registration, and accommodation to ECE and will be covered by the European Society of Endocrinology (ESE) for attendance to ECE.

Upon selection as an ESE IESP Scholar, the individual will receive free membership to the European Society of Endocrinology for a period of three years.

The Scholar will also receive a travel bursary of €3000 to cover visits to potential host labs for his/her postdoctoral research period. Note: The travel bursary has to be taken up within 12 months of the ECE meeting during which the award has been presented.

The ESE IESP Scholar will be invited meet the international IESP selection panel at ECE, with an opportunity to present his/her previous work and future research plans. One or two mentors will be provided for each ESE IESP Scholar during the ESE annual meeting. These will assist the ESE IESP Scholar in the selection of talks to attend and allow introduction to several Society members. 

Successful ESE IESP Scholars will be expected to give a brief presentation on their career to date and future plans (5 min PowerPoint presentation) during the European Congress of Endocrinology (ECE).

Application process for the IESP Programme 2018:

Eligibility for application is open to candidates from Europe (as defined by the ESE Byelaws) including the ESE Affiliated Society members and countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

Eligible candidates should submit the following documents by the deadline 14 January 2018:-

  1. A standard IESP CV (MS Word)
  2. A short description of the area of his/her research (no more than one paragraph)
  3. A list of the laboratories where the candidate would like to work and the e-mail addresses of the laboratory directors (if possible)
  4. Three letters of recommendation from mentors or supervisors

All documents must be submitted by email to by the deadline stated. Please note that all applicants will be notified whether they have been successful or not. The decision of the ESE IESP Selection Committee is final.

The ESE IESP Selection committee will review the applications and select the European candidates who will become ESE IESP Scholars.

The ESE IESP Selection Committee comprises clinical and basic scientists across Europe with active involvement in their respective national societies and the European Society of Endocrinology, with a strong interest in furthering training and career development, a significant level of scientific expertise and experience in training young scientists. The committee membership takes into account geographical consideration to ensure a good distribution of members across different regions, though due to sheer numbers of affiliated national societies it will not be possible to have a member from each ESE member country at any given time.

ESE IESP Selection Committee:

Manuel Tena-Sempere, Spain ((Chair)
Felix Beuschlein, Germany
Eric Fliers, Netherlands
Sevim Gullu, Turkey
Peter Igaz, Hungary
Christina Kanaka-Gantenbein, Greece
Maris Laan, Estonia
Kristian Løvås, Norway
Marek Niedziela, Poland
Luca Persani, Italy
Marija Pfeifer, Slovenia
Valdis Pirags, Latvia
Vera Popovic, Serbia
Patrice Rodien, France
Mark Sherlock, Ireland
Manuel Tena-Sempere, Spain
Allan Vaag, Denmark

For further information regarding the ESE International Endocrine Scholars Programme please contact the ESE Office on

Previous Winners

Stéphanie Espiard, France
Annegreet Veldhuis-Vlug, The Netherlands
Barbara Altieri, Italy

Eveline Bruinstroop, The Netherlands
Gesthimani Mintziori, Greece

Alejandro Ibáñez Costa, Spain
Lisa Owens, Ireland
Silvia Leon Tellez, Spain
Stavroula A Paschou, GreeceIESP 2015

Martin Bloomberg Jensen, Denmark
Stuart Morgan, UK
Mora Murri, SpainIESP 2014

Ayse Zengin, Germany
Miguel Debono, United Kingdom
Panagiotis Anagnostis, Greece2013 Winners

Carmelo Nucera, Italy
Sebastian Michael Schmid, Germany
Jovana Kaludjerovic, Serbia
Giampaolo Trivellin, Italy2012 Winners

Darko Stevanovic, Serbia
Serban Radian, Romania
Dominik Schulte, Germany
Patrizia Porazzi, Italy
Konstantinos Toulis, Greece
Katerina Simunkova, Czech Republic
David Viola, Italy2011 Winners