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Mentorship Award

ESMAC aims to encourage mobility and international contacts between the different gait laboratories. Visiting or staying for a longer time in a laboratory encourages progress and further development in our field. ESMAC would like to assist this interchange by providing support to its members who wish to visit a European gait laboratory. Through the Mentorship Award Program, we offer awardees the chance to gain experience of the clinical and research operations of another laboratory, to further specialize in a specific area, or to undertake knowledge-gathering assignments. Thanks to this grant, researchers get the opportunity to specialize in their area of interest, deepen their scientific expertise abroad, and improve their CVs.

  • Applicants for the mentorship award must be ESMAC members.
  • A member may only receive the award once.
  • Applicants need to retain all receipts of expenses and will be reimbursed following the visit up to a maximum of 1000 euro, and depending on the length of stay. Eligible expenses include travel, accommodation, and daily living requirements during the stay.
  • A maximum of 3 mentorship grants will be awarded per year.

  • Contact the gait lab that you are interested in visiting/collaborating with and ask whether and when a visit can be arranged.
  • A list of participating gait labs can be found here:
  • All new collaborations/suggestions of labs are welcome.
  • Work out the goals and contents of the research visit together with the hosting lab.
  • Details of the research visit are up to the applicant and host to arrange. However, we encourage stays of minimum 3 days and maximum 2 weeks.

  • Applications can be submitted throughout the year (until the end of July).
  • Awards will be announced at the ESMAC Annual Meeting and the research visit can take place over the following year.
  • Applications can be submitted to
  • Provide a brief statement (max 3 pages) outlining why you wish to have an ESMAC mentorship award and include a plan of the visit.
  • Provide a CV.
  • Provide an agreement/invitation letter from a senior researcher at the host laboratory.
  • Provide a letter of support by a senior researcher from your own research institute.

  • Provide a written report of your visit max. 2 months after return from the visit.
  • Provide a short summary of your visit and two pictures that will appear on the ESMAC website.
  • Selected applicants may be asked to give a 5 minute presentation about their research visit at the first following ESMAC Annual Meeting.

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