There is an increasing need for highly qualified toxicologists in all European countries including the new EU member states and accession countries. EUROTOX has set standards of qualification by creation of the European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) in the early 90's, recently updated in the Guidelines for Registration 2012. ERT courses in several countries offer comprehensive theoretical training required for qualification in Toxicology as ERT.
EUROTOX fellowships provide financial support and incentives for cross-border attendance of ERT courses to individuals motivated for a career in toxicology, by providing
Support requested must be for attendance of an ERT course or module outside the applicant’s country of residence and currently recognized as providing training for Registration (see courses approved for ERT) or approved by the EUROTOX Subcommittees for Education and Registration for that purpose (http://www.eurotox.com/education/).
a) Applicants beginning their theoretical ERT education will provide the following information:
Obligatory: personal statement (letter of motivation) why they want to study toxicology, curriculum vitae (CV), copies of relevant university certificates (e.g. bachelor, master, diploma, PhD), recommendation letter of one of the following: employer, university teacher, supervisor or other toxicological scientist who knows the applicant personally.
Optional: relevant documentation such as on previous attendance of toxicology-related courses, and/or on conduct of scientific or regulatory work broadly related to Toxicology, scientific publications or reports, any other relevant certificates or achievements.
b) Applicants already on the track for Registration: they have completed successfully at least one module of an ERT course as listed in Section B or can document involvement in practical training in toxicology (Section C of Guidelines for Registration 2012), success being documented by certificates, publications (incl. abstracts, posters) or reports/assessments, or recommendation letter of person responsible for the candidate’s education. They will also provide a letter of motivation and a CV.
III. Applications, deadlines, decisions
Applications can be submitted twice per year. Submission should be as early as possible, with the following deadlines:
Applications for more than one course/module are possible provided they fall within the specified period following the application deadline. Applicants who have missed a deadline but wish to attend a course in the following 6 month period are advised to contact firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting a formal application.
IV. Costs that can be covered. Reimbursement from EUROTOX
Upon justified request, expense support can be differently allocated to within the total amount of € 1000.00 per weekly course.
Reimbursements will be made upon notification from the candidate after his/her module attendance, with written confirmation by the course director. A bank account and compilation of costs, signed by the applicant, with all receipts, must be added. Claims must be sent to the EUROTOX treasurer by the end of the 6 month period in which the course was attended (June 30 or December 31) at the latest.
V. Checklist for Applications
a) For beginners
b) For candidates already on track for Registration as ERT
c) For all applicants
For employed professionals of authorities (or SME, with justification): certification of the director of his/her unit that they have no funds for complete or at least partial funding of their employees’ education
After end of course/module: Send refund claim to the EUROTOX treasurer, with written confirmation of attendance by course director, bank account, list of expenses to be refunded, receipts of payments for travelling (ticket, boarding pass), accommodation, and course fee.