Research Fellowship


Take the next step for your scientific career

UEG will award two fellowships of € 50,000 each to two researchers to spend 12 months working with a renowned European principal investigator.

The main purpose of this fellowship is to support the development of a basic or clinical research project and give the fellows the chance to improve their scientific skills. The fellowships are highly recommended for young researchers who are not in a position to develop their ideas at their current place of work.

Application is closed.

Research Fellowship

Target group

The grant is open to both basic and clinical researchers, and to both medical and non-medical graduates.

At the time of application, applicants for the programme must:

  • be a myUEG Associate
  • be clinical or basic researchers specialised in digestive diseases according to their track record
  • have completed their PhD, but no longer than five years ago or be in gastroenterology/hepatology/surgery training, or have completed it within the last five years (add two years per child for main carer, but max. four years)
  • not holding an academic permanent position
  • have significant research experience (according to their track record)
  • be fluent in English
  • reside in Europe or the Mediterranean area 

Based on the fulfilment of basic criteria, in 2024 at least one of the fellowships will be assigned to the top-ranked candidate from an Inclusiveness Target Country (as defined for Cost Actions). Final decision remains with the Research Committee. 

The grant will be awarded to the same recipient only once. For further details, read our application criteria.

Research Fellow 2023: Angelo Armandi

Angelo Armandi was awarded the UEG Research Fellowship 2023 and is currently pursuing his fellowship at Saarland University, Germany. Together with his host Jörn M. Schattenberg, he is developing a research project entitled “Immune activation and the liver-spleen axis in Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis” for the duration of 12 months. 

Angelo Armandi is consultant hepatologist and PhD student at the Department of Medical Sciences of the University of Turin (Italy) with the project: ““Metabolic mechanisms of liver fibrosis progression and non-invasive biomarkers of fibrosis in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)”. Since 2018, his research activity has been focused on liver fibrogenesis and non-invasive markers of liver fibrosis and liver injury. He participates to national and international projects on the pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of NAFLD. His research experience will be applied in the field of immunology and immune phenotyping for the exploration of immune patterns of disease severity in NASH and fibrosis as well as the pathophysiology of the liver-spleen axis, in the research group led by Prof. Jörn M. Schattenberg thanks to the support of the UEG Research Fellowship. 

  • Past awardees
Past awardees

2022: Antonio Molinaro from Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden
Research Fellowship with principal investigator Tom Hemming Karlsen at the Norwegian PSC Research Center (NoPSC), Institute of Clinical Medicine, Oslo, Norway. Research project: “Investigating The Role Of Imidazole Propionate In The Pathogenesis Of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis”

2021: Lucas Wauters from KU Leuven, Belgium.
Research Fellowship with principal investigator Francisca Joly at the Department of Gastroenterology and Nutrition Support at Beaujon Hospital, Clichy, France. Research project: “Sarcopenia and short bowel syndrome: the microbiota-gut-muscle axis”

2020: Chloé Melchior from Rouen University, France.
Research Fellowship with principal investigator Magnus Simrén at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Research Project: “A new gas-sensing capsule to understand the mechanisms of fructan-induced symptoms in IBS, and the link to gut microbiota composition and function”
Watch the UEG Week 2022 presentation "Digestive diseases: Big burden, low funding?" with Chloé Melchior.

2019: Michal Zorniak from Medical University of Silesia.
Research Fellowship with principal investigator Julia Mayerle at Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich Research Project: “Role of biliary microlithiasis-induced NLRP3-inflammasome activation for papillitis and the development of pancreatitis”

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