Requirements for the hosting institution
- The hosting institution will provide short (2-8 weeks) clinical and/or research and/or teaching placements.
- The hosting institution will not have to cover or reimburse expenses related to the travel, accommodation, food, visa, insurance or other expenses of the participant. All of these need to be taken care of by the participant. However, if the hosting institution can offer additional financial or other support, such as accommodation in student or hospital premises, this must be negotiated on individual basis between the hosting institution and the participant before the beginning of the programme.
- The hosting institution is encouraged to organise a staff meeting for the applicant to present themselves and their previous work, home institution and interests (using slides/verbally).
- It is advised to engage a local ECP in the programme.
Requirements for the applicants
- The applicants must be Early Career Psychiatrists (psychiatrists under 40 years of age and/or 5 years after passing the specialist exam) and reside in a country included in the World Health Organisation Europe region(Residents and trainees are not eligible for this programme)
- The applicant should be fluent in English, and possibly have notions of the host country language for clinical purposes (see list of placements)
- The applicant cannot apply for a placement in the country he/she is currently living in
- The applicant must be familiar with the proposed specialty of the department/ institution
- The selected applicant will have to negotiate the terms with his/her own institution to go on leave
- The EPA office will send an initial e-mail to introduce the applicant to their supervisor. The selected applicant will have to negotiate dates and details of their observership directly with their supervisor before making any arrangements, within two months after the announcement of selected participants. When an agreement has been reached, the selected applicant should report planned dates of the observership to the EPA Office.
- The selected applicant is encouraged to prepare a presentation about their work, institution and interests to be performed upon arrival at the hosting institution as a way of sharing knowledge.
- The selected applicant is strongly encouraged to also present the experience gained during the programme at their home institution.
- Once the observership is completed, each participant needs to write a final report and fill in an evaluation form and send it to the EPA Office. Once the final report and the evaluation form have been received, the participant will be issued a certificate and the EPA Office will proceed with the payment of the scholarship.
There is no application fee to the programme. For successful applicants, EPA is pleased to offer scholarships to help with travel, accommodation and other expenses. The scholarship amounts to 850 EUR per applicant.
To apply to the EPA ECPC 2017-2018 Gaining Experience Programme, please note that ALL the below documents have to be sent by e-mail, to email@example.com:
- Professional CV - with contact details and birthdate
- Proof of ID
- Motivation letter - Please include how your previous or current work and interests fit with the placement(s) you're applying for and how will this observership help you in terms of your professional development (please specify which placements you are interested in, in order of preference)
- Proof of fluency in the English language (please note that some placements require a sufficient level in a 2nd language)
- Copy of your certificate of completion of training - or equivalent
Applications for 2017-2018 are now closed.
Please note that the selection results will be announced in November and all the placements will be organised in 2018.
For any questions, please contact Natacha Todorovic at firstname.lastname@example.org