The Summer Course on Fear, Anxiety, Obsessions & Trauma will take place from 27 June – 2 July 2021 in Villa Finaly, Florence.

Application deadline: 15 May 2021.

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We welcome applications from anywhere in the world. We have grants and scholarships for applicants who have no other means of financing the Summer Course. Please, see grants paragraph in this section for more information.

Admission Criteria
The Summer School is open to graduates with an MSc or MD degree in psychology, neuroscience, behavioral sciences, psychiatry, medicine or a related discipline. Applicants with a different education history are admitted on an individual basis, after an assessment of the extent of their knowledge and motivation to ensure that the basic level necessary for the Summer Courses is present. The Executive Director may decide to hold an interview with the candidate for this purpose.

Applicants from outside the EU-EER, who are non-native speakers of English and do not have an academic degree for a program that was taught in English, need to submit proof of obtaining a sufficient score on a recognized international test of English language. The minimum score that will be accepted is 6.0 for the IELTS, and for the TOEFL 497 (paper-based), 170 (computer based) or 60 (internet based).

Application procedure
Fill in the application form on this website and include the attachments listed below. Applications that do not include these documents will not be considered.

  • your curriculum vitae

You will receive a confirmation of receipt within two weeks. We try to give the Board’s decision on your admission within four weeks. You will receive your enrolment details of Maastricht University and details about the programme upon admission from the Executive Office.

All applications must be received before 15 May. The early application period closes on 15 April. For applications received after this date we charge a €50 administrative fee.

Early applications 15 April
Applications for Grants 15 April
Final deadline applications: 15 May
15 April
15 April
15 May

Fees 2021-2022
These fees apply to all participants of the Summer Course.

Standard fee: €2350 Full standard fee for one Summer Course
Young scientists’ fee: €1650 Reduced fee for applicants who graduated from their first MSc or MD degree less than 5 years before the date of application.

The fee also covers enrolment at Maastricht University and a student card. This includes access to the University’s online resources, such as the e-Library that offers full text access to Pubmed. Accommodation is provided for the duration of the course, breakfast included. During these courses, there will be an Italian buffet for the morning coffee breaks and lunches. Please note that there is a limited number of hotel rooms available at the course venue and rooms will be assigned on the basis of first come, first served. The other students will be housed in a hotel close to the venue.

Payment & Restitution
The entire sum of the tuition fee for each summer course must be received before 1 June. Your enrolment becomes officially valid only upon payment of the entire sum of the tuition fee. An invitation for online payment with the details of your fee will be send to the participant upon acceptance to Summer School.
In case of cancelation of participation – for whatever reason – by the applicant, any amount that was paid will be noted down as a (partial) payment for the following year. Alternatively, before 1 June, a maximum of 60% of the paid sum may be reimbursed. After 1 June reimbursement is not possible.

We offer a limited number of grants for students who are in need of financial support. If you want to receive a grant you must send in an application separate from your application for the Summer Course.

The application deadline for grants for the Summer Course 2021 is 15 April.
For the Summer Course on Fear, Anxiety, Obsessions & Trauma 2021, the following grants are available:

FENS and IBRO-PERC provide 4 stipends of 750 EUR for master and/or PhD students interested in attending this course. 
Through these  stipends FENS and IBRO-PERC aim to encourage and promote international experience of students.  
Hence, students that are currently residing or studying in the Netherlands or Italy are not eligible for a FENS and IBRO-PERC stipend for this course.


The European Accreditation Committee in CNS (EACIC) provides 1 Spinoza grant of 1000 EUR. 

The grants are intended for highly motivated young scientists with limited resources, who receive no other financial support. To be eligible you must meet these criteria:

  • you must be a young scientist, i.e. graduated from your first MSc or MD no more than 5 years before the start of the academic year.
  • you do not receive financial support from third parties (for example employer or sponsor) for the tuition fee.

The allocation decision will be made based on your personal motivation for undertaking the Summer Course, and your future plans in affective neuroscience in general, as well as your socio-economic background: the Board hopes to help those who are at a disadvantage for realising their plans in affective neuroscience. You are welcome to apply for a grant a second time, but in case of otherwise similar applications, priority will be given to students who have not received a grant previously.

To apply for a grant, send in this application form. Please indicate for which grant you would like to apply on the form. In your application you must include a letter of motivation detailing your interest in affective neuroscience and your future career plans related to affective neuroscience, and supporting evidence of your past experience in the field. Send the application form and your personal letter of motivation, addressed to the Executive Director, via email to:

After May 1 an independent committee will review and rank all applications according to the criteria listed above.

Applications must be received by the Executive Office before April 15. Applications received after this date and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. The decision of the committee will be announced before 15 May.

The information supplied on this page may be subject to change. No rights can be derived from the content of this page. The grants regulations as determined by the Board are available at the Executive Office.