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Research Visit Grant

ESHMS offers two research visit grants per calendar year for scholars who are planning a research visit abroad.

Next application: Autumn 2024

What can be applied for?

You can apply for up to 750 Euros to contribute to the travel and lodging costs of research visits that will increase international collaboration in the field of health and medical sociology. The grant cannot cover additional expenses, such as local transportation, food, or insurance.

Who is eligible?

  • The applicant is a member of ESHMS
  • The applicant has not previously received an ESHMS research visit grant
  • The applicant is planning a research visit abroad to take place in the year 2024. For visits that span two calendar years, the candidate should apply for a grant for the year in which the majority of the visit occurs.

How to apply?

Applications should be submitted before TBA. They must comprise the following documents:

  • A 1-page research proposal, including (a) the name and institute of the collaboration partner that will host the applicant; (b) an explanation of the reason for the visit; (c) an abstract of the proposed research, including work plan and expected outcome.
  • A proof of acceptance of the collaboration partner
  • A CV of the applicant (maximum 2 pages)
  • A budget with estimated travel and accommodation costs and the amount requested from ESHMS (maximum 750 Euros)

Selection criteria

Research proposals will be assessed with respect to:

  1. Quality
  2. Feasibility
  3. Relevance to health and medical sociology

Among the proposals that meet the selection criteria, priority will be given to young scholars, that is graduate students or scholars who defended their PhD thesis not longer than 8 years prior to the application deadline (extension rules for maternity, paternity and long-term illness apply)1.

The Advisory Board of ESHMS will assess the proposals. Decisions on grants will be made before TBA.


Applicants who have been awarded the ESHMS research visit grant can ask for an advance payment. Payments are finalised after the visit and are based on the submission of valid receipts and a brief report (400 words). The report has to illuminate the researcher’s experiences and results from the research visit. We will publish this brief report on the ESHMS website.

1 Extensions will be granted in the following properly documented circumstances:

  • For maternity: 18 months per child born before or after the PhD award. If the actual leave was longer, the extension will equal the documented amount of leave actually taken for each child.
  • For paternity: the documented amount of paternity leave actually taken for each child born before or after the PhD award.
  • For long-term illness (over 90 days for the applicant or a close family member; i.e. child, spouse, parent or sibling): the documented amount of leave actually taken for each incident which occurred after the PhD award.