The EULAR / ACR exchange programme 

The purpose of the EULAR/ACR Exchange Program is to promote the international exchange of clinical and research skills, expertise and knowledge within rheumatology. The program recognizes outstanding rheumatology professional faculty in both laboratory and clinic-based research, and provides exposure to the exciting work being done by colleagues overseas. This exchange program allows participants to share knowledge and experience, and creates opportunities for collaboration.

The program supports junior academic rheumatologists and rheumatology professionals as well as health professionals in rheumatology to travel from Europe to the US to experience the ACR Annual Meeting, engage in a half-day exchange program with American colleagues at the Annual Meeting and participate in a subsequent site visit at a local institution.

We are inviting early career investigators to apply for the program. Successful candidates will receive a complimentary registration to the ACR Annual Meeting and a travel stipend of 2'000 EUR.

Applicants need to fulfil the following requirements:

  • To hold a non-tenured faculty appointment or equivalent position (below the level of full professor)  at an academic center in a EULAR member country.
  • Applicants should have a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, DSc, or equivalent) in a field/area relevant to rheumatology
  • Demonstrate a firm commitment to academic medicine
  • Must be 45 years of age or under at time of application

Note: Applicants who do not meet all eligibility criteria listed above will not be considered.

Related information


The application process for exchange to the ACR in San Diego, California, from 3 - 8 November 2017 is now closed. 
Application process

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What participants say

"I am very grateful to have been participating in the academic exchange programme. (...) The excellence and commitment of the visitors and hosts, combined with the variety of interests and high standards of productivity in the visited centers were key ingredients for the success."

"I am very grateful for having an opportunity to visit and make friends with our international colleagues. We could not have been treated better. (...) They were quite generous in setting aside so much time to shepherd us through each of their healthcare and research organizations."

An EULAR/ACR Exchange