Giordano Fellowship & ESP Advanced Training (EAT) Centers

Structure of Pathology Training

A programme for the advanced training in pathology supported by the European Society of Pathology


Over the last decades, great advances have been made with respect to the classification of diseases with the use of more sophisticated diagnostic techniques. In consequence a wide spectrum of diseases may be treated with an individualized therapy. Furthermore, in many fields of pathology biopsies are so rare that it is difficult if not impossible to gain sufficient diagnostic experience to fulfill the requirements of the clinicians (lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, bone, a.o.). Therefore, pathologists need an in depth training in many fields of pathology

1) to meet the needs of the clinicians and
2) to guarantee an optimal therapy for the patients.

ESP has prepared a program to support education in highly specialized areas. This advanced training program should help young pathologist to get in-depth experience in selected training centers throughout Europe. A fellowship named after Professor Alfonso Giordano, who initiated the foundation of the ESP, will be offered to young pathologists to support this program.

Examples of specialist fields and techniques in pathology in which special training is necessary (other fields may be added)

Specialist fields

  • Pathology of the heart and blood vessels
  • Liver pathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Selected areas of GI pathology, lung pathology, etc.
  • Pancreas pathology
  • Nephropathology
  • Uropathology
  • Hematopathology
  • Pathology of lymphatic organs
  • Bone and soft tissue pathology
  • Pediatric pathology
  • Endocrine pathology
  • Salivary gland pathology
  • Neuropathology
  • Ophthalmic pathology
  • Fine needle aspiration cytology

Special techniques (open also to technicians/medical scientists)

  • Electron microscopy
  • Immunofluorescence
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Molecular pathology
  • Morphometry
  • Enzyme histochemistry
  • Tissue microarrays
  • Digital microscopy

 Selection of the Centers

1) Centers of excellence in each particular field should be selected to offer host positions for the trainees. The putative centers must fulfill certain general conditions:

  • Offer position for trainees - number of places per year should be specified
  • Duration of the stay (minimum 1 month, usually 3 to 6 months)
  • Specification of period of the year for training (or 365/365)
  • No charge for training
  • Support to find a low cost accommodation
  • Support to get necessary visa, insurance or other documents if required (expected to be not frequent situation among members of the ESP)
  • After completion of the training period the trainee receives a detailed certificate describing the work.
  • Agree upon the duration and aim of training beforehand
  • Letter of invitation for the applicant

2) The selection of centers will be performed by the Working groups. There are two parallel ways for nomination of the center:

A) The centers may nominate themselves
B) Centers headed by internationally well-known specialists in the particular field may be contacted by Chairs of the WGs whether they want to offer positions in depth training and want to participate in the program (no limit of the number of centers to be selected by each WG)

3) The application of the center to be included in the program must include following details:

a) Name of the center, address,
b) Chair of the center,
c) Head of the training program,
d) Details about specific areas in which training can be offered (particular method, field of subspecialty – e.g. kidney transplantation, etc.)
e) Number of positions offered for each year, expected duration of the training
f) Specific periods of the year when the visit may be realized (should be defined in direct contact between b1) and the applicant
g) Contact address for requesting details by the applicant (accommodation options, travel possibilities, etc.)

4) Information about the program (“Current offer”) and list of selected centers (“Participating Centers”) will be permanently published at the ESP web page (see below).

5) Evaluation of the outcome

  • Number of applications (center will be excluded from the list if no candidate applies for five consecutive year
  • Number of trainees accepted in the last years (and their feedback) – for the future years, not for the initial period
  • Number of papers presented (oral free papers or posters) or published by the applicant during or after the training

Terms and Conditions for Giordano Fellowship Bursary

General Principles

  • The ESP GF bursary provides financial support for pathological scientists to conceive and develop their own projects. The scientific program and the educational activities carried out under ESP GF grants should be ethically sound and of the highest quality, and fall within the ESP scientific scope.

  • The yearly closing date for the grant applications of GF will be June 15th by 16.00 (4PM). Funding requests must be submitted one year prior to the start of the activity*. The application review timeline is 10 to 12 weeks. Names of the grantees will be announced during the annual European Congress of Pathology (ECP) in September. Written official notifications will be sent to the grantees and the host ESP Advanced Training (EAT) centers following the ECP.

*Example: Application is submitted before June 15th 2017. GF program at the EAT center is scheduled for March-May 2018.

  • Applications should be digitally submitted to the Scientific Director of the ESP (Dr. R. Al Dieri) at with the subject “Giordano Fellowship”.

  • Bursary-holders will be given the freedom to develop the work in their own way in a close collaboration with the host EAT center. Whilst there will be room for flexibility in planning and conducting the GF activities, major changes from the program initially submitted will require the prior approval of ESP. 

  • ESP Council has decided to finance Giordano Fellowship 1500€ per month including travel expenses for a maximum of three months. Each year the ESP announces how many GF applications will be funded for the forthcoming year.

Selection of trainees

ESP members are encouraged to apply for the GF program. Potential applicants should contact ESP in advance of the submission deadline if they have any doubts concerning their eligibility to apply for a GF grant from ESP.

I. Eligibility criteria

  • Member of the ESP for at least three consecutive years.
  • Successfully passed board examination or resident in the last year of the training (obvious from the CV
  • Good knowledge of English or a European language used at the training center
  • Age younger than 40 years
  • Current place of work in a center of pathology of national repute, involved in teaching and research (to guarantee further dissemination of the knowledge/experience gained)

Exceptions from the above-mentioned criteria are possible, this will be marked in the checklist and the committee will consider it.

II. Information supplied by the participant

  1. Application form with name of the EAT center selected from the ESP list, with specified duration and timing of the training period (download application form)
  2. Confirmation letter from the head of the EAT center
  3. Curriculum vitae (one page) with a scanned copy of passport /ID
  4. Letter of motivation describing how the newly gained knowledge and skills can be implemented at the home institution (one page)
  5. Letter of recommendation from the home institution
  6. Letter of recommendation from the national society of pathology

III. Evaluation

A. Formal evaluation
All above listed documents will be checked by the office of the ESP. If anything will be missing, the applicant will be requested to supply additional materials.

B. Evaluation by the committee
Structure of the committee:

  • Chair of the WG corresponding to the field of interest of the applicant
  • Chair of the ESP education subcommittee
  • Chair of the particular center for which application is intended
  • Advisory board member of the home country of the applicant
  • Treasurer of the ESP
  • ESP Council member
  • ESP Scientific Director


The committee is chaired by the Coordinator selected by the president of the ESP from the members of the committee (usually the ESP Council member)
The Evaluation Committee members reply at latest in two weeks after receiving the documents.
The ESP office is in charge to receive and compile the answers from the Evaluation Committee members. There is required response from at least 5 out of the 7 Evaluation Committee members to take the final decision.
Based on summary of the responses of all Evaluation Committee members, final decision is taken about granting of the Giordano fellowship as well as about the final financial sum provided to each applicant. In borderline cases, the Coordinator of the Evaluation Committee is in charge to take the final decision.

Based on summary of the responses of all Evaluation Committee members, final decision is taken about granting of the Giordano fellowship as well as about the final financial sum provided to each applicant. In borderline cases, the Coordinator of the Evaluation Committee is in charge to take the final decision.
It is the right of the Evaluation Committee to accept or reject an application. In case an application is rejected, a short explanation will be sent to the applicant (e.g. due to financial reason, or due to reaching the yearly limit of the number of fellowships, or due to professional weakness, etc.).

Finally, if the number of the applications advocated by the Evaluation Committees surpasses the number of vacancies set for the respective year, ESP officers (President, Treasurer, Coordinator and Scientific Director) will determine the final list of grantees.


GF applications are provided to ESP in confidence. ESP will not use the information contained in the application for any purpose except the purpose of reviewing the GF application and monitoring it, if it is funded. ESP may disclose the application to its employees and reviewers. ESP will not otherwise disclose the information unless it is funded.

Giordano Fellowship Awardees (Edition 2018)

Giordano Fellowship Awardees (Edition 2017)

Giordano Fellowship Awardees (Edition 2016)

Giordano Fellowship Awardee (Edition 2015)