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Further information and application


Trainees can be enrolled at the host institute with a visiting observer status (3 - 6 months) or a visiting residency status (6 months only). The enrolment procedure is to be discussed directly with the host institute. However, please be informed that obtaining residency status may take up to 6 months.

Visiting observership status
Direct contact with patients is not foreseen. The host institute will relate with the trainee regarding enrolment procedure.

Visiting residency status
The visiting residency status allows the trainee the direct contact with patients, which may be wished especially in the field of surgery. The enrolment procedure for practitioners varies for each Clinical Training Centre.


There is a limited number of fellowship grants available so only physcians who meet the following criteria are eligible for a fellowship:

  • doctors who have specialised within the last five years or will complete their specialisation by the start of the fellowship period.
  • doctors from the following areas: Europe, Mediterranean countries and Latin America
  • have taken part in at least 1 ESO event (conference, course, masterclass, etc) or at least 5 e-ESO sessions (www.e-eso.net)

NOTE - Our application system will automatically recognize whether you have taken part in an ESO event and/or e-ESO sessions.

Your e-ESO viewing history is automatically recorded if you have registered and logged on to the e-ESO website when you view the sessions, so please ensure you do this.
You can participate in either a Live or Recorded session and you will need to complete the evaluation questionnaire at the end of viewing in order for the system to register your participation. The system will consider the number of e-ESO certificates that your account has collected.
Downloading of slides from past events is not considered. (www.e-eso.net)


3 months or 6 months, depending on the educational programme required.
1 month for thyroid cancer and radiometabolic therapy and nuclear medicine at IOSI.


ESO will refund travel costs (economy fare, from location of residence to the location of the training centre and return) and a grant of:

EUR 2.000 per month

Costs related to Medical Council’s Registration is to be covered by the scholar.
Accommodation is not provided and is to be arranged by the trainee.


Being selected to take part in an ESO CTC Fellowship is one of the ESO activities that gives participants eligibility to enrol in ESCO - the College of the European School of Oncology.

A Fellowship placement also enables ESCO students to earn ESCO credits and therefore access more ESCO benefits. A 3 month Fellowship earns you 120 ESCO credits, and a 6 month Fellowship earns you 240 ESCO credits.

Each year, Four ESCO Fellows or Graduates will be given priority selection for ESO CTC fellowship placements.

Visit www.esco.org for information on how to join ESCO.


4 September 2020 deadline for applications for fellowships in 2021 - APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED


Please ensure you read these instructions carefully before your start the online application process.
In order to apply for the CTC programme you are required to complete the online application (please follow the steps below) and provide the documents listed below (you will need to prepare these documents in advance to upload during the online application).

Required documents (all documents should be in English or have an English translation if necessary):

  • A letter of request indicating the programme and the Centre for which the
    application is submitted, the aims and goals of the training period, the plans for development after the
    training period, the requested duration (3 or 6 months) and the preferred training period
  • Curriculum vitae with list of publications
  • Proof of specialist training in oncology or letter from hospital stating when you finish your specialisation, (Original version and please include English translation if necessary)
  • Copy of the medical school diploma, (Original version and please include English translation if necessary)
  • A letter of support from your current head of department giving you leave from the Institution, if successful

Online application step by step:

  • Step 1
    Click on the APPLY NOW button below and login to your account to proceed with applying.

  • Step 2
    Complete the first three stages of the application with your personal information

  • Step 3
    When you arrive to the Fellowship section you will be asked to confirm if you are specialised and when you specialised (only those who have specialised within the last five years or will complete their specialisation by the start of the training period are eligible for a fellowship).

  • Step 4
    ADD FELLOWSHIP CHOICE - Select the centre /programme you wish to apply for and the length of training period (3 or 6 months). 
    Please ensure you have read through the ‘Clinical Training Centres’ pages on the ESO website carefully before you start applying.

  • Step 6
    In the section 'Attachment' please upload the 5 requested documents (listed above). All 5 documents are obligatory. You must include the original certificates + English translation (if necessary)

  • Step 7
    Check the personal details we have on file for you are correct.

  • Step 8
    When you are sure everything has been completed, uploaded and is correct press the 'Submit' button.

    Only applications that have been submitted with all required documents and by the deadline will be considered.


A pre-selection will be made on a competitive basis from among the submitted applications.
Pre-selected candidates will be video interviewed (Skype) by ESO and the host institute.


ESO bears no responsibility for untoward events in relation to the training programme.
Trainees are advised to take out their personal, travel and professional insurance coverage.
It will be the responsibility of the trainee to pay any taxes that may be required by the home or host country. All doctors taking part in fellowship in an Italian centre will be required to pay tax in Italy. The same applies for Italian doctors taking part in fellowships in any centre.


For further information, please contact Corinne Hall at chall@eso.net.




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