FEMS offers several opportunities to member societies (e.g., SIMGBM):

- FEMS Research Fellowships
- FEMS Meeting Grants
- FEMS Meeting Attendance Grants
- FEMS National e Regional Congresses Grants

Synthetic information is provided hereafter and more details can be found at the FEMS web site:


If you are a SIMGBM member, please register as a FEMS affiliate; it is free and you will receive FEMS Affiliates letters, FEMS Focus and latest microbiology related updates. Registration is straightforward, just visit: http://www.fems-microbiology.org/become-an-affiliate/


FEMS Research Fellowships are meant to assist young European scientists in pursuing research up to 3 months in a European country different to that in which the applicant resides.

Applicants should be active microbiologists, less than 36 years of age. They should be a member of a FEMS Member Society, at least one year before applying.

The regulations and application forms are available electronically. Please visit:


A completed application form together with the requested attached documents should be submitted to the FEMS Delegate. Approved applications should arrive at FEMS Central Office before the deadlines of 01 December and 15 June every year. Support is limited to a maximum of € 4 000.

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) will select one fellow per year for an additional grant of € 1 000, the FEMS-ESCMID Fellow. Reciprocally, FEMS will provide such additional grant to one fellow, the ESCMID-FEMS Fellow. These joint fellowships will receive appropriate publicity through both organisations.


FEMS Meeting Grants are intended to support selected International meetings within the European Area with a Meeting Grant. Scientific conferences, laboratory workshops and training courses will be considered for such support. The maximum amount of a Meeting Grant is € 15 000. The Meeting Grant may only be used to support the attendance of:

•Young Scientists (minimum of 60% and a maximum of 80% of total grant value) and
•Invited Speakers (minimum of 20% and a maximum of 40% of total grant value)

On special request by the organisers and upon approval by the Grants Secretary, the total grant amount can be used to support young scientists only.

Organisers of events seeking support from FEMS should first inform themselves of the regulations governing FEMS Meeting Grants. Please visit:


FEMS Central Office should receive the completed application form on or before 1 March of the year preceding that in which the meeting takes place.


FEMS provides Meeting Attendance Grants are directed to young European scientists wishing to attend microbiology meetings (preferably in Europe) that are not supported by a FEMS Meetings Grant. The maximum amount of a Meeting Attendance Grant is € 600, the minimum € 250.

Young scientists wishing to apply for a Meetings Attendance Grant should first inform themselves of the regulations governing FEMS Meeting Attendance Grants. Please visit:


Complete applications should be received at FEMS Central Office on or before:

•01 April, for attendance at meetings beginning between 1 May and 30 September
•01 September, for attendance at meetings beginning between 1 October and 30 April


FEMS National E Regional Congresses Grants are intended to support National or Regional Microbiological Congresses. The annual budget for these grants is € 30 000. The start-up grant can be used by organisers in any respect that supports successful organisation of the meetings.

For updated informations, please visit the FEMS site:

Grants range from € 1 000 - € 3 000 depending on the numbers of society members and expected participants at the congress: € 1 000 - 50 to 200 participants; € 2 000 - 200 to 500 participants; € 3 000 - 500 participants or more.

Organisers of congresses should first be informed of the regulations governing the FEMS National / Regional Congresses Start-Up Grants. Please visit:


The FEMS Central Office should receive the completed application form on or before 15 December (for congresses between 01 January and 30 June) or 01 June (for congresses between 01 July and 30 December).