An important and developing role of the ESPN is the support of training of paediatric nephrologists within Europe. This is achieved through a number of initiatives:

Recommendations for the training of European Paediatric Nephrologists

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ESPN training grants

Training grants will be awarded to young paediatric nephrologists from developing countries within Europe (preferentially but not exclusively, applications from EU countries will be considered) to enable them to spend up to 3 months at one or more established paediatric nephrology centres.

The total amount of each grant will be 1000-3000 Euro depending on the distance from the country of origin and the length of the training period.

A grant application form should be completed (including the signature of the head of department) and sent to the ESPN President, together with a curriculum vitae and a letter of acceptance from the doctor who will be responsible for training during the fellowship.

Training grants will not normally be awarded more than once to the same individual.

Prof. Rezan Topaloglu, MD
Hacettepe University
Faculty of Medicine
Department of Pediatric Nephrology
06100 Ankara Turkey
E-mail address:

A training report should be completed at the end of the training period by the trainer and trainee and sent in by the trainee with a copy of the application form. The training report will be published on the ESPN website.

Previous training receivers/reports

Deadlines for applications are 1st September and 1st February each year so the applications can be discussed at ESPN council meetings which are held in February-March and September-October. The decisions will be shared with applicants within two weeks of the ESPN council meeting.

Summer schools

In the future, it is also hoped to have a regular summer school, run somewhere in Central Europe, to provide further training opportunities.