Activities & Projects

FDIME offers Grants and Bursaries to Young Internists from EFIM Member countries in the following areas:-

  1. European School of Internal Medicine
  2. Clinical Research Seminar
  3. Research Grants
  4. EFIM European Exchange Programme

1. European School of Internal Medicine (ESIM)

ESIM - an educational initiative of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM).

Since 2011, FDIME has offered a limited number of bursaries to fund ESIM registration fees to assist Young Internists (YIs) from low-income EFIM member countries to attend the Winter and Summer Courses of the European School of Internal Medicine.

The ESIM-FDIME Bursary Selection Committee (Chaired by Prof Daniel Sereni) assesses all applications and awards bursaries to the most suitable candidates.

Click here to download ESIM Bursary Requirements & Information.

To enquire about Bursaries for future ESIM courses, contact the FDIME Administrator email:

Next Available ESIM course to apply for bursaries:-

European School of Internal Medicine – Winter School 2018 in Lapland

The Finnish Society of Internal Medicine will host the Winter ESIM course from 2018.
Course dates: Monday 22 January (09.00 hr) to Friday 26 January 2018 (16.45 hr).
Venue: Hotel Hullu Poro, Levi, Lapland. Airport: Kittilä (connections from Helsinki).
The ESIM 2018 website will be announced soon from:
Click here to download a Bursary application form for the 2018 Winter School.
Bursary application deadline: 31.10.2017

European School of Internal Medicine – Summer School 2017

Theme: Internal Medicine in Harmony
Venue: Akoesticum Ede, The Netherlands
Course dates: Monday 26 June to Friday 30 June 2017
Residents Arrive: Sunday 25 June; Residents Depart: Saturday 1 July
Bursary application deadline: 30.04.2017 (now closed)

2. FDIME-EFIM Clinical Research Seminar in Paris

Bursaries are available for Young Internists/Researchers from EFIM Member
Countries who wish to apply for a place at the annual seminar.

The Clinical Research Seminar was established in 2003 by Prof Daniel Sereni, during his term as President of the European Federation of Internal Medicine. Initially the seminar was sponsored by Servier international. It was held annually from 2004 until 2009 in the facilities of Servier in Paris. Since 2011 the Seminar has been sponsored by Amgen (Europe) and by FDIME. It currently takes place annually in July at La Maison du Poumon (the House of Respiratory Medicine) in the Jardin du Luxembourg area of Paris.

This 3-day Seminar aims to give Young Internists an upgrade in their abilities to participate in clinical research, and to facilitate the development of a network of young clinical researchers inside the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM). A list of the EFIM Member Countries is available at:

Up to 17 bursaries are awarded each year to Young Internists from EFIM member countries who seek to improve their clinical research skills. 10 - 12 international speakers give talks and interactive teaching sessions in English. Attending residents are required to give a short presentation (in English) of their own clinical research experience.

The bursaries cover the cost of 3 nights hotel stay and economy-rate travel to Paris. Selected Residents will be required to make their own travel booking to Paris. Travel expenses will be refunded after attendance at the Seminar. FDIME arranges the hotel accommodation.

The Seminar Organising Committee (Chaired by Prof Daniel Sereni) assesses all applications. Places are awarded to the most suitable candidates.

Dates of the next FDIME-EFIM (14th) Clinical Research Seminar: 1 – 4 July 2018.

Online application form:

Click to download: clinical research seminar announcement for 2017.
Click to download: seminar schedule.
Click to download: clinical research seminar application form.

Note: Details of previous Seminars are available on this website under:

3. Research Grants for the Study of Rare Diseases and Auto-Immune Diseases

Since 2012, The Foundation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe (FDIME) has funded grants of up to 20,000 Euros each (for a maximum period of 1 year) for Young Internists under the age of 38 years to undertake research studies in two key areas:-

  1. Research projects in the study of rare diseases in adults.
  2. Research projects relating to the study of auto-immune diseases including all fields of General Internal Medicine, particularly polymorbidity and other common I.M. conditions.

The objective of the grants is to promote exchanges between European researchers enabling the recipients to undertake research. Candidates are expected to identify their own study location / institute.

The purpose of the grants is to provide part-funding to facilitate the applicant’s lifestyle and day-to-day living expenses during the period of research. It is not intended for the research study project itself.

All Grant funding provided by FDIME has to be justified. Applicants are required to submit a reasonable budget plan with their grant application, declaring any expected income and estimated living costs for the period of study. This can include travel expenses to/from the study location. The Research Grant Selection Board must be informed of any additional sources of funding that have been applied for, or are expected to be available to the applicant for the intended period of research.

Rare disease study projects are expected to be carried out outside the applicant’s present country of residence.
For criteria and full details:
Click to download: Rare Disease Research Grant Announcement 2017
Click to download: Rare Disease Grant Application form 2017

General Internal Medicine/auto-immune study projects can be carried out in the applicant’s own country, but in this case collaboration with at French institute is preferred. Alternatively, the research can be carried out entirely at a French institute.
For criteria and full details:
Click to download: General Internal Medicine Grant Announcement 2017
Click to download: General Internal Medicine Application form 2017

For any additional information that may be required:
Contact the FDIME Administrator email:

Note: Details of previous Research Grant Laureates and their study projects with publication references are available on this website under ‘Activity Reports and Past Events’.

4. EFIM European Exchange Programme

FDIME sponsors a number of scholarships for the European Exchange Programme of EFIM which is intended to provide Young Internists with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills. The aim of the Exchange Programme which started in 2012 is to promote short internships of one month among our European specialist Internal Medicine training centres.

The Programme is open to trainees in Internal Medicine from EFIM member countries. Each National Society will select their candidates. Both EFIM and FDIME sponsor scholarships.

All Applications for the Exchange Programme are managed by EFIM.
Details and contact information for the next phase of the programme are available on the EFIM website: