ESERA is offering two types awards, Travel and Professional Development Awards, of up to 1.000 euro each to enable ESERA members who are currently enrolled in doctoral studies or who were awarded their doctorate after the 1st of January, 2018 to either travel to research venues or use the award towards their professional development.

The Travel Awards are intended to enable early career ESERA members to visit science education researchers with expertise relevant to their project in other countries. At least one of the two countries involved in any proposal must be within Europe. For 2021 the total award fund is 10.000 euro. The awards are designed for researchers to share existing expertise in order to address an issue of concern in an awardee’s work or to otherwise advance their research efforts. The awards can be used to pay for travel, accommodation and subsistence. Awards are not intended to support attendance at conferences, summer schools or visits that are part of an established collaboration between two institutions. The outcomes of previous awardee activities can be found on the Early Career Researcher – Travel Fellowship section of the ESERA website (

The Professional Development Awards are intended to enable early career ESERA members to cover expenses towards their professional development (e.g., enrollment in a data-analysis course, enrollment in a writing course, purchase of books, paying tuition fees etc). The application should indicate how the professional development award will contribute to the applicant’s research in ways that would not have been possible without it. There will be no awards for general requests for resources.

Applications will be assessed by a two-person panel, including one ESERA Executive Board member, based on the following criteria:

clarity of intended outcome; feasibility of intended outcome; likely contribution to professional development of applicant.

The assessment process will also ensure a spread of geographic representation across Europe.

If you are interested in applying for an award, please send an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Lucy Avraamidou (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by December 15, 2020. Successful applicants will be contacted in late January 2021.

The EOI should include the following information: name, status as a student or a post-doctoral researcher; home institution; short description of research; information on travel or professional development; and, an estimated budget. The EOI should not exceed two pages with at least half a page devoted to the purpose of the travel or professional development activity.

In the case of a Travel Award, the EOI must be counter-signed by a representative of the applicant’s institution and by a representative of the institution that the applicant plans to visit.

In the case of a Professional Development Award, the EOI must be signed by a supervisor or head of a department to indicate that the resource or activity is indeed related to the research project that is directly related to the ECR’s current work. Electronic signatures are acceptable. Please use the appropriate template for your proposal.

Applicants must be ESERA members at the time of applying. Travel or professional development activity should take place during 2021. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an ESERA travel award.

Awardees are expected to write a report of 2 pages for the ESERA website. We also ask that partial support from ESERA be acknowledged in any publications or conference presentations that relate to the award. The deadline for delivering the report is December 31st, 2021.

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