Eastern Star Award


During discussions with EFIS Member Society representatives, it was brought to the EFIS Board‘s attention that many national societies, particularly those from Eastern Europe, while able to fund PhD positions in their laboratories, struggle to find the resources for consumables needed to conduct high-impact experimental research. To address this gap in funding, the EFIS Board has created the EFIS Eastern Star Award.

Award specifications

The EFIS Eastern Star Award consists of:
  • One prize per year
  • Prize money of €10,000 to be spent on consumables
  • The first prize will be awarded at the 6th European Congress of Immunology (ECI2021) 1-4 September 2021, in Belgrade.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for the EFIS Eastern Star Award, candidates should:
  • Belong to an EFIS-affiliated Society
  • Be a Principle Investigator with a track record in immunology
  • Work in one of the following Eastern European countries: Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

Application procedure

The application documents should consist of:
  • The CV of the candidate
  • Proof of membership in an EFIS-affiliated Society
  • The 5 most significant publications of the lab, ideally related to the project for which the prize money is to be used (candidate as first or last author)
  • A brief outline (maximum one page) of the project for which the prize money is intended, specifying how the money will be used, and the envisaged impact the prize would have on the project.
Candidates should send their completed application to office@efis.org by December 31, 2020.