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EYES Research Observership Programme (ROP)

The EYES Research Observership Programme (ROP) enables Early Career Investigators (ECI) doing basic or translational research from Europe to grow and learn during a short, one-month stay in an endocrine centres of special interest. These are referred to as an “observership" due to different European laws.

Several Observerships are awarded each year, including three funded by ESE (COP and ROP) amounting to €1,000 each, and others that are self-funded by participants.

New for 2024: EYES Advanced Research Observership Programme (Advanced ROP) 

This year, we launch the EYES Advanced Research Observership Grant programme. This allows awardees to conduct basic or translational scientific projects at their allocated ROP centre for up to three months, with a grant of up to €3,000 per awardee.

The programme is aimed at experienced basic and translational scientists and clinicians with advanced experience working in basic or translational projects. Applicants will be required to specify their previous experience and will get a chance to participate in ongoing projects in centres participating in the EYES ROP programme.

Note: Applicants cannot apply for both ROP and Advanced ROP in the same application year.


Map of the Centres for the 2024 Observerships  

List of Research Observership Centres

See the 16 centres across Europe that are participating in this programme.

  1. Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Munich, Munich, Germany. Mentor: Professor Martin Reincke with Professor Nicole Reisch  
  2. Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the University Hospital Würzburg, Germany. Mentor: Professor Martin Fassnacht. Read more about this Centre and the project here. 
  3. GReD Institute, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Mentor: Professor Pierre Val. Read more about this Centre and the project here. 
  4. Hospices Civils de Lyon, Lyon university, Endocrinology Department, Reference Centre for Rare Pituitary DiseasesLyon, France. Mentors: Professor Gerald Raverot and Professor Phillipe Bertolino. Read more about this centre and the project here.
  5. Institut CochinParis, France. Mentor: Professor Jérôme Bertherat. Read more about this centre and the project here.
  6. Division of Molecular Pharmacology, Institute for Diabetes and Obesity, Helmholtz, Munich, Germany. Mentor: Dr. Timo Müller
  7. Unit of Endocrinology - Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy. Mentor: Professor Manuela Simoni. Read more about this centre and the project here. 
  8. Center of Special Interest for Obesity and Metabolic Diseases (CIBO), Federico II University Hospital, Naples, Italy. Mentor: Assistant Professor Giovanna Muscogiuri 
  9. University of Movement Science (IUSM), Rome, Italy. Mentor: Assistant Professor Migliaccio Silvia. Read more about this Centre and the project here. 
  10. University of Turin, Department of Medical Sciences Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Division of Oncological Endocrinology, Turin, Italy. Mentor: Professor Silvia Grottoli. Read more about this centre and the project here. 
  11. Centre for Endocrine Tumors Leiden (CETL), Centre for Pituitary Care, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands. Mentor: Professor Nienke Biermasz. Read more about this Centre and the project here. 
  12. Maimonides Biomedical Research Institute of Córdoba (IMIBIC), Córdoba, Spain. Mentor: Professor Raúl M. Luque. Read more about this Centre and the project here. 
  13. Clinic for Endocrinology, Diabetology and Clinical Nutrition, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. Mentor: Professor Beuschlein Felix. 
  14. Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research at University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. Mentor: Professor Chris McCabe. Read more about this Centre and the project here. 
  15. Centre for Pituitary Gland Development and Pituitary Stem Cell Research, King’s College, London, UK. Mentor: Research Associate Dr Cynthia Andoniadou. Read more about this Centre and the project here.
  16. Centre for Endocrinology at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK. Mentor: Professor Márta Korbonits. Read more about this centre and the project here.
Applying for a ROP Grant

Applications for 2024 Observership Grants are now open. In addition to completing an application form you will need to provide the following:

  • The names of your two preferred centres of interest from the list and your field of interest (you may be assigned to your second preference if the first is unavailable). 
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from a mentor and the other from the Head of Department 
  • CV (one page) and motivation letter (max 250 words) 
  • Agreement to the ROP terms and conditions document
  • Current ESE membership number 

Please read the application documents and terms and conditions carefully before you submit your application. 

All applications will be reviewed by the EYES Committee, a representative from the ESE Science Committee (for ROP) and a representative of the Clinical Committee (for COP).

Complete the application form.

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2024.

  • All applicants must be fully paid current ESE Members. Applicants are required to be a graduated basic/translational scientist or MD working in an endocrine field (with or without PhD status). Applicants are required to have published (as one of the authors) at least two papers indexed in Current Contents (CC).
  • Please note: We are unable to provide grants to individuals or institutions currently under sanction according to the consolidated list of financial sanctions targets in the UK, as listed here.

    Applications are verified to ensure this is not the case before a grant is awarded. ESE does not permit sanctioned individuals or individuals from sanctioned institutions to attend any ESE events.

Successful applicants are required to complete:  

  1. The EYES Observership Logbook: a short notebook with activities during the ROP programme.
  2. Evaluation form of the host centre and applicant. This is to be submitted in the form of a report to ESE.
  3. A photo during the Observership and a 300-word article describing how the experience benefited them; this will be published in EYES News.

The awarded applicants will receive an official Certificate upon completion of the ROP programme, signed by the EYES Committee Chair and the ESE Science Committee representative.

Grants are paid to applications after the Observership and on receipt of an expense claim form and supporting receipts or documentation. These need to be submitted to the ESE Office within 6 weeks of the Observership, or the application will be void. Payment to an institution can be made in advance of the meeting or event. The Observership must be started within 18 months of the grant being awarded.  

Please contact the EYES OP Coordinators for further information.

Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before your submit your application.

ROP Awardees
  • Adnan Batman (Turkey) - Grant Winner
  • Arzu Or Koca (Turkey) - Grant Winner
  • Maria Riedmeier (Germany) - Grant Winner
  • Tugba Barlas (Turkey)
  • Andreea Bojoga (Romania)
  • Hayri Bostan (Turkey)
  • Murat Calapkulu (Turkey)
  • Ana S. De la Rosa-Herencia (Spain)
  • Emre Gezer (Turkey)
  • Ketevan Lomidze (Georgia)
  • Antonio Prinzi (Italy)
  • Daniela Telehuz (Romania)
  • Lia-Oxana Usatiuc (Romania)
  • Faheem Seedat, Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands – Grant Winner 
  • Dorota Filipowicz, Kings College, UK – Grant Winner 
  • Onur Elbasan, University Hospital Munich, Germany – Grant Winner
  • Müge Keskin, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland 
  • Katarzyna Paczkowska, University of Birmingham, UK 
  • Carmen Lambert, Federico II University Hospital, Italy 
  • Patricia Vaduva, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the University Hospital, Germany 
  • Roberto Novizio, Maimonides Biomedical Research Institute of Córdoba (IMIBIC), Spain 
  • Aysa Hacioglu, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy 
  • Ana Milošević, University of Turin, Italy 
  • Baris Karagun, French National Centre for Scientific Research, France 
  • Rodanthi Vamvoukaki, University of Movement Science (IUSM), Italy 
  • Jowita Halupczok-Żyła, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw - Grant Winner 
  • Narjes Nasiri Ansari, National University of Athens, Greece - Grant Winner 
  • Emre Sedar Saygili, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey - Grant Winner
  • Andrea Abate, University of Brescia, Italy 
  • Fabio Bioletto, University of Turin, Italy 
  • Roxana Dumitriu, National institute of Endocrinology C.I. Parhon, Romania 
  • Elisa Rossini, University of Brescia, Italy

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