The European Society
of Human Genetics

ESHG Observership Programme

The ESHG International Observership Programme

ESHG Observership for Young Geneticists Programme

The ESHG coordinates the “ESHG Observership for Young Geneticists” which is an important educational initiative that offers support each year  for 5 young human geneticists who wish to observe specific areas of clinical care or laboratory techniques at prestigious European human genetics departments. 

The “ESHG Observership for Young Geneticists”  Program will cover broad learning objectives and facilitate knowledge sharing and expertise in the field of human genetics.

This program is designed for young geneticists currently in training, especially from economically-developing countries.

This observership is an educational experience that consists of observing the workflow and activities of an institution specialized in human genetics. The observers are under the direct supervision of the senior member of the department faculty where they are assigned. The observers must not disclose, cause or permit the disclosure of any confidential information to any person. At the end of the observership a certificate will be awarded.

Every year between 1st August and 30st November candidates can send their documents. Notifications of acceptance are expected to be available by the end of december. The awardees will have until August 31, 2024 to visit the selected department - otherwise the funding will be forfeited.

Each awardee will be expected to write a brief report on their experience to share with the ESHG membership online/via the newsletter.

The selected candidates will be mentioned each year during the ESHG Conference. 

The applicants will be selected by the ESHG Education Committee (EduCom).

General Information

Length of program:
ESHG currently offers an observership up to 4 weeks in clinical departments or human genetic laboratories from highly regarded European human genetic departments. 

The ESHG offers EUR 2,000 funding to up to 5 candidates to cover travel (including visa) and accommodation. A reduction can be applied if the candidate stays less than 4 weeks (EUR 500 / week). The funding will be received by the candidate at the end of the observership after presenting to the ESHG the document offered by the host institution in which the period of the observership is mentioned.


  • Gain insight into the day-to-day practice in a human genetics department.
  • Participate in grand rounds, seminars or different educational activities.
  • Enhance the observers medical and technical skills.

Eligibility criteria: 

  • The candidate must be a current member of the ESHG.
  • The candidate has to have an outstanding resume.
  • The candidate must provide proof that they are training in human genetics through a statement from their current University/Hospital supervisor.
  • The candidate is eligible to an “ESHG Observership for Young Geneticists” once; if unsuccessful in their application there is no limit to subsequent applications.
  • To have a letter of acceptance from the host institution.

Observership Requirements:

  • Must be fluent in the English language.
  • Must complete the Observership Application.
  • Documents to be submitted: 2 page curriculum vitae, 1 page motivation letter, letter of acceptance from the host institution, statement from their current University/Hospital supervisor.

Observers will be responsible to arrange for:

  • Finding a host institution that will accept him/her for the observership.
  • Accommodation, transportation,  food.
  • Health and personal safety insurance.
  • Obtaining an entry visa if applicable (the host can issue an invitation letter for which you might be asked to indicate personal data, like name, DoB and passport number.

Applications welcome between September 1 and November 30, 2023

Notifications of acceptance will be available by January 12, 2024.


Awardees 2024

  • Teodora Barbarii Romania to Manchester, UK - Report
  • Maria Baroni Italy to Leuven, Belgium - Report
  • Daniela Bohme Chile to Palma, Spain
  • Simon Jakovchevska Macedonia to Munich, Germany - Report
  • Hilal Saracoglu Turkey to Trondheim, Norway

Awardees 2023

  • Claudia Anyigba Accra, Ghana to Surrey, UK - Report
  • Alessandro De Falco Naples, Italy to Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Report
  • Katleen Janssens Antwerp, Belgium to Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Nikolaos Marinakis Athens, Greece to Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Report
  • Ileana-Delia Sabau Bucharest, Romania to Lausanne, Switzerland - Report