Research Training Fellowships are established to enable young scientists and clinicians in the early-stages of their research career in respiratory medicine to visit a Host Unit in a (European) country other than the candidate's own, with the aim of learning a research technique not available in the Home Unit. The research training should benefit the Home Unit when the applicant returns there, by leading to research developments and activities back onsite.
The ERS offers one Short-Term Fellowship per year to support the training and education of research techniques of young doctors in the field of TB. This Fellowship honours the memory of Dr. Walther Guerrero Ciquero who died 15 April 2010 while on duty in Djibouti for Médecins Sans Frontières. He used his experience and knowledge of TB to benefit patients in MSF projects in Kenya, Abkhazia, Aremenia and Georgia. The ERS President’s Award 2010 was presented posthumously to Dr. Walther Guerrero Ciquero, movingly described by ERS Past-President, Prof. Siafakas, as “in every way, the perfect example of the altruistic doctor of today with the highest humanistic values.
Funded by ERS, these fellowships are an opportunity for scientists, physicians, researchers from low income countries listed by the World Bank to do a project in Europe. This programme is also opened to residents from a county in Europe with scientific/medical gaps in respiratory science/medicine to apply for a project in Europe. There are two fellowships on offer, based on scientific merit.