Researchers meet regularly to foster new ideas and collaboration

Innovation stems from the continuous cross-fertilization of ideas. The ELISE mobility programs enable researchers to meet each other via visits and shared workshops.

Innovation stems from the continuous cross-fertilization of ideas. The ELISE mobility programs enable researchers to meet each other via visits and shared workshops.


The goal of the ELISE Mobility Program for Experienced Researchers is to bring ELISE/ELLIS Fellows, Scholars, and Members together by supporting their short and long-term scientific visits to initiate collaboration within the ELISE/ELLIS community. 

Eligibility criteria
Duration of the visit:
unlimited within September 1, 2020 – July 31, 2023
Eligible applicants: ELISE/ELLIS Fellows, Scholars or Members.
The visit needs to involve ELISE/ELLIS Fellow/Scholar/Unit Director either on the traveling or the hosting side.
Eligible destinations: Sites in ELISE/ELLIS network in or outside Europe (primarily international visits). The host writes a short email supporting the application.
Max. eligible travel costs per visit: 3,000 €
Max. number of visits per person: Each ELISE/ELLIS Fellow/Scholar/Unit director can be supported once, either for their own travel or to host a visitor. 
Additional details: Available in the full description of the Terms and Conditions of the mobility program.

Due to the current covid-19 situation, the volume of travel in the program is uncertain. Hence, please note that the eligibility criteria (e.g. the max eligible travel costs per visit or the max. number of visits per person) may change to reflect the current sanitary situation and available funds. The goal is to distribute the funding to eligible applications on the “first come first served” basis until the travel fund runs out.

How to apply
Applications are submitted by completing PART 1 of the Application form at least 14 days before the start of the visit. The host writes a short email to <> to support the application of the visiting researcher.

ELISE Fellow mobility administration will confirm the application by e-mail.

Immediately after the visit (and no later than 20 days after the last day of the visit), the researcher should complete PART 2: Request for reimbursement of the Application form and send a scanned signed original of this document with scanned copies of the original receipts by e-mail to the ELISE Fellow mobility administration at


The PhD and Postdoc mobility program is aimed at existing PhD students and postdocs in the network who want to initiate a collaboration with a Fellow or Member at another site. Young researchers can give their careers a head start by gaining international experience and exchanging ideas with the best labs in Europe. The Mobility Award covers travel costs of up to 2,500 EUR per researcher over the duration of their PhD or postdoc.

To apply for a mobility grant, the following two conditions must be fulfilled: 

1) The applicant is doing a PhD/postdoc at one of the ELISE partner institutions (cf. Terms and Conditions, p. 4-5, for a list of partners) OR the applicant is an ELLIS PhD student or postdoc;
2) During the exchange, the applicant will be supervised by an ELLIS Fellow, Scholar or Member at the hosting institution.

More information on how to apply and eligible costs can be found in the Terms and Conditions of the ELISE Mobility Program for PhDs and Postdocs. Applicants should fill out the application form and send it to with the subject line Application ELISE Mobility Grant: Applicant’s Last Name; the two supervisors should be cc’ed. Applications are possible year-round, but should be submitted no later than 1 month before the starting date of the exchange visit, as they need to be processed by the ELISE and university administration. Reimbursement forms will be sent along with the decision on your application.
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