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Here you can find answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about the EPIET Fellowship Programme (two-years) and the EPIET Introductory course (three-weeks).

If you cannot find the answer to your question below or if you have suggestions for other questions, please do not hesitate to contact the EPIET Programme Office. ​​​​​​​​​​

EPIET Fellowship

​​01. When can I apply to the fellowship?

Every year, between December and January/February. The announcement is placed on the ECDC and EPIET Websites - in the "Job Opportunities" respectively "Apply"-section, and on the various websites of our partners.

02. Can I apply to the EPIET programme if I am not a national of an EU member state?

The Programme is restricted to applicants able to prove having the nationality of: a EU member state, a EEA/EFTA country or a candidate country benefiting from a pre-accession strategy.

03. What are the professional prerequisites to apply to the EIPIET programme?

Please see the section "Requirements and desirable qualities of candidates for the fellowship" on the Apply page.

04. How long does the selection process take?

About 5 months, the final selection is made in May/June during a face-to-face interview event. This should allow for the selected candidate to notify their current employer three months before the beginning of the EPIET programme. Please see the Selection page for more details.

05. When does the fellowship start?

Successful candidates begin their fellowship in their Host Institutes on September 16 each year. A three-week introductory course will start in the last week of September. After the end of the course the fellows return to their hosting countries to continue the training.

06. If I am selected, will I receive a salary during the two-year training?

All EPIET fellows receive a monthly grant of 2600€ by ECDC during the two-year training. This grant will be weighted to reflect the higher or lower cost of living in the country of the host institute using the Commission correction coefficients for remuneration.

07. As EPIET fellows, are we entitled to paid leave/sick leave/insurance?

Generally EPIET fellows are entitled to a number of days of annual leave/sick leave. These issues are regulated in detail by respective ECDC and/or host institutions regulation.

The ECDC does not cover pension payments or social security such as sickness insurance, and fellows will be responsible to arrange necessary insurances and pension payments. These costs will be reimbursed by ECDC, based on true costs with justification of expenses and within a ceiling (currently 1000 € per month).

08. What is the EPIET working language?

EPIET courses and modules are held in English. Therefore, a very good knowledge of English is a prerequisite. In addition, fellows have to learn the language of their host country. Time and funding are devoted to that purpose during the first year of the training.

09. What is the best way to enquire about, and to select, a training site for my two-year training?

Shortlisted candidates for the second round of the selection will receive a list of the available host sites for that particular cohort.

10. Do I have to spend the two years in the same institute?

Yes. Two years is the necessary time to learn the language, know the environment and develop research, surveillance and investigation activities in accordance to the training objectives.

11. Can I attend university courses (MpH, PhD) during my EPIET two-year training?

No. The EPIET training is a full time job. It would be insufficient and detrimental to both, to try to attend an MpH/PhD course and to carry out EPIET activities at the same time.

12. How is supervision of EPIET fellows carried out?

EPIET fellows are supervised by host institute supervisors and trainers who on a daily basis guide EPIET fellows in their various activities (surveillance, investigation, research). In addition, EPIET coordinators provide distant supervision and review all documents (protocols, reports, manuscripts, posters and presentations) developed by EPIET fellows.

13. How frequent do EPIET fellows and coordinators meet during the two-year programme?

During the two-year programme fellows have to attend an Introductory course (3 weeks), at least 4 one-week training modules, 2 one-week sessions to prepare the EPIET annual scientific seminar, and 2 scientific seminars. Overall, EPIET fellows and coordinators meet once per trimester on a rotating basis in one of the EU member states.

14. As an EPIET fellow, will I have the opportunity to participate in international missions in developing countries?

The EPIET programme is a European training programme, therefore the training is supposed to be carried out within the European Union. However, fellows may be involved if desired, in international mission with other organizations (i.e. WHO, MSF, Epicentre, etc.). However, this is NOT one of the objectives of the programme, and fellows have to achieve their training objectives mainly in the hosting countries.

15. Do I have to pay myself to participate in the modules arranged during the training programme?

No, as a part of the training programme, your participation in the different modules will be funded and organised by the EPIET Programme Office.

16. Does the EPIET programme issue a diploma at the end of the two-year training?

The EPIET programme delivers a certificate co-signed by the EC/ECDC, the EPIET coordinators and host institute supervisors in EU. This is not an academic diploma. In the past, EPIET fellows have used their two-year training to validate part of other academic diplomas or other academic diplomas or national accreditations. This varies according to universities and countries. EPIET fellows are encouraged to contact universities and national accrediting bodies before or very early during their two-year training.

17. Does EPIET provide a job after the two-year training?

No. The EPIET programme does not ensure job security for fellows at the end of their training. However, almost all fellows trained so far in the EPIET programme have found positions as epidemiologist at regional, national or international level.

18. Are moving expenses to the hosting country reimbursed by the EPIET office, or will I move at my own expense?

Moving expenses, both moving to and from the host country, are reimbursed within a certain budget.

19. Will I receive help and assistance in looking for an accommodation in the hosting country?

Once you know where you are going to spend your two-year training, you may want to contact the staff at the hosting institute or the EPIET Alumni Network (EAN), and they may support you in looking for accommodation (i.e. indicating a website for "places to rent", give you any other possible suggestion and help).


EPIET Introductory course

1. I am interested in participating in the Introductory Course, how do I apply?

You can apply from April/May every year. The details on how to apply are published on the EPIET website on the Introductory course page. The selection of the participants takes place at the beginning of June, and the final answer will be given to all the candidates by the second half of June.

2. If I am not a European citizen, can I apply to the EPIET Introductory Course?

Yes, you are very welcome to do so. Each EPIET course hosts the new EPIET cohort, fellows from EPIET Associated programmes and additional external participants, within a limit of a total of 36 participants. For external participants, the selection committee will first select citizens from the European Union and then participants from outside the EU. Preference is given according various criteria: working in epidemiology in regional/national PH institutes, Letter of motivation, and the number of participants from each EU country to earlier courses.

3. How much is the course fee to the Introductory Course?

The course has been free of charge the last two years. The cost for the following will be covered by ECDC for each participant:

  • All training material handed out during the course;
  • Accommodation incl. breakfast, lunches, coffee breaks and dinners at the course venue on weekdays (from the Sunday evening including the Welcome dinner, to Saturday morning after the course including breakfast);
  • Note that lunches and dinners are normally not provided at the course venue during the weekends, nor one dinner during the week.

4. What costs do I have to cover for participating to the Introductory Course?

External participants need to arrange and pay for their travel themselves and communicate the full flight details to the programme office three weeks before start of the course. Participants need to cover all extra costs, except for the items mentioned above in the “course fee” question.

5. If my country/institute cannot fund my participation in the Introductory Course, how can I get external funding?

You must look for your own funding. The EPIET Programme can unfortunately not offer scholarships for the EPIET Introductory Course. You can contact the various WHO offices in your region, various foundations, etc. The list of institutes/organisations willing to fund participants varies every year. Such a list is not available from the EPIET Programme Office.
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