2019 (Cajal Program)

Call for FENS-JNS Young Researchers Exchange Support Program (YREP) to join The 2019 CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme

The Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS) and FENS support under the YREP agreement travel and/or accommodation costs associated with participation in respective JNS or FENS Meetings, or FENS supported Cajal training courses. YREP stipends up to a maximum of € 4,000 cover the actual travel expenses (economy flight only) and expenses linked to accommodation during the annual or biennial meetings, or the training period.(The amount of the award cash varies depending on the number of recipients.) This program is designed to help researchers broaden their research perspective and to encourage their research and social interaction. JNS helps and supports undergraduate or graduate students, working towards a master or PhD degree, or early phase postdocs (less than three years after PhD graduation at the time of the application deadline) to join the FENS biennial meetings in the even years, or the FENS-supported Cajal training programs in odd years.

We are now calling for the application for the Cajal training programs.

Upcoming CAJAL Courses:2019

Interacting with neural circuits,
14 July – 3 August 2019, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Computational Neuroscience,
11-31 August 2019, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Brain Homeostasis and Neurovascular Coupling,
19 May – 8 June 2019, Bordeaux Neurocampus
Biosensors and actuators for cellular and systems neuroscience,
23 June – 13 July 2019, Bordeaux Neurocampus
Whole brain imaging,
8-28 September 2019, Bordeaux Neurocampus
Advanced Techniques for Synapse Biology,
13 October – 1 November 2019, Bordeaux Neurocampus

Eligibility criteria: To be eligible for a stipend under the YREP programme, the applicants must be:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students, working towards a master or PhD degree, or early phase postdocs (less than three years after PhD graduation at the time of the application deadline)
  • JNS members

Application documents:
Materials for application
(Whenever possible, all the materials should be combined into a single PDF file with the applicant’s name included in the file name.)

  1. Application format
    Institution and Department
    Address, Telephone, E-mail
    JNS membership ID
    Gender (Male or Female) (optional)
    Undergraduate Student: Estimated Date of Graduation
    Graduate Student: Date of PhD started and Estimated Date of PhD Completion
    Post-Doctoral Fellow/ Researcher: Date of PhD Completion
    Fellow / Researcher: Date of PhD completion (or Estimated date of PhD completion)

    A paragraph (200-250 words) describing what the
    applicant expects to achieve by attending the meeting.
  2. A one-page curriculum vitae from the applicant, including the following information: education, including the date when the applicant advanced to candidacy for the PhD, honors/awards and publications lists (abstracts and articles)
  3. Past research experience and accomplishments
  4. A one-page letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor

All documents should be written in English.

To apply in 2019 for a training course* in Europe, please complete the application pack

download here

* Please note that a formal application for the Cajal Programme, through the FENS Website (see above), is mandatory, in addition to sending in a YREP application to JNSS. The final acceptance to the Cajal Programme will be decided by the local organizers, following the evaluation of submitted applications via the FENS online application Website.

Application address:
Young researchers from Japan (i.e. going to Europe) should send their application via email (a single PDF file attachment by email, whenever possible) to JNS at

Please save the file: Your Membership ID + your name.docx or .pdf.
Title of the mail: Application form for FENS-JNS YREP

Application deadline for FENS-JNS YREP:

January 22nd, 2019 at noon (JST) Closed

Haruhiko Bito,
Chair of International Collaboration Affairs Committee, JNS