New RESPIRE4 Fellowship launched to support international career development

10 February, 2020

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) has launched the latest fellowship opportunity in the RESPIRE series. The RESPIRE4 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is now open for applications until 1 May, 2020.

The fellowship, which receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, offers early career researchers with a PhD or four years of full-time research experience a platform to develop their career in attractive international working conditions and supports them in their journey to become future leaders in the respiratory field.

The RESPIRE4 programme is international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary, which also helps to boost scientific networks across Europe and beyond.

There are two fellowship options within RESPIRE4 – both support a global transfer of knowledge: a two-year European fellowship for researchers from any country with mobilisation to and within Europe; or a three-year global fellowship for researchers who wish to complete research at a host institution outside of Europe, before returning to Europe for the second part of the fellowship.

RESPIRE4 Fellowship recipients have the flexibility to choose and develop their own research project related to the respiratory field as well as approach the most suitable host centre from those on offer. Applicants can choose between an ever-expanding list of pre-registered host centres. There are currently more than 25 featured on the RESPIRE4 Web Host Registry.

There have been many success stories from past recipients of the RESPIRE Fellowship programme - including researchers securing permanent or long-term funding. RESPIRE3 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship recipient, Dr Marcel Kwiatkowski, benefitted directly from his experience:

“The RESPIRE3 fellowship allowed me to broaden my scientific horizons, to acquire the necessary technological know-how and to gain the necessary background knowledge to develop my own research line. Working in a foreign, scientific environment has also made me mature as a person. Finally, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship was a crucial factor in negotiations with the University of Innsbruck, where I have obtained a position as a scientist and group leader that may become permanent after positive evaluation.”

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