Research Fellowship

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Take the next step for your scientific career

UEG will award € 50,000 to a researcher 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 fellow the chance to improve their scientific skills. The fellowship is highly recommended for young researchers who are not in a position to develop their ideas where they work.

Application for Research Fellowship 2022 is open until April 22, 2022.


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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 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)
  • 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 

The grant will be awarded to the same recipient only once.

How it works

Candidates must approach a principal investigator who would host them before applying. 

Host centres and hosting principal investigators must:

  • be based in Europe or the Mediterranean area
  • not be based in the fellow’s current country of residence
  • the fellow has not worked there previously.
  • be able to provide research training to a fellow for a period of 12 months
  • be willing to provide organisational assistance to the fellow (e.g. support in finding accommodation)

Carefully read the complete information and criteria for applicants, before you submit your application.

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Research Fellow 2021: Lucas Wauters

Lucas Wauters is awarded the UEG Research Fellowship 2021 to visit the Department of Gastroenterology and Nutrition Support at Beaujon Hospital, Clichy, France for the duration of 12 months.

Together with his host Francisca Joly, he will carry out a research project on “Sarcopenia and short bowel syndrome: the microbiota-gut-muscle axis”.

Lucas Wauters is a MD from KU Leuven (Belgium) and PhD-student in the group from Prof. Tim Vanuytsel and Prof. Jeroen Raes (KU Leuven, VIB) with a fellowship from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). His research experience in intestinal immunology, microbiology and clinical trials will now be applied in the field of intestinal failure in the group of Prof. Francisca Joly with the UEG Research Fellowship. Lucas was one of the first UEG Journal Young Editors and first author of the UEG and ESNM consensus and UEG online course on Functional Dyspepsia.

  • Past awardees
Past awardees

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”

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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