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 recognises 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.

Course testimonals 2017

“Thanks to the EULAR/Exchange Program, a new collaboration is now in place between the Center of Research of Immunopathology and Rare Diseases, University of Torino, Italy and the Department of Functional Biology, Immunology Area, University of Oviedo, Spain. Samples and technologies are being shared in order to investigate new insights in the pathogenesis of the antiphospholipid syndrome. In detail, we are investigating if new antibodies specificities, such those directed against high-density lipoproteins and paraoxonase 1 might have a role as  possible new biomarkers of cardiovascular events in patients with this rare condition”.

"The ACR/EULAR exchange program is an inspirational, hugely enjoyable, and rewarding program that all young investigators should consider applying for," John Pauling, U.K.

"The ACR/EULAR exchange program with its various talks and workshops was an inspiration to think outside the box and maybe take the road less travelled. Next to hard work, finding a good mentor, a hint of luck, and recognizing opportunities, various ways of dealing with roadblocks that might be crucial when building your career. And above all, one should never cease to ask the important questions - this was the advice from outstanding clinicians and scientists to the attendees," Mike Becker, Switzerland

"Research, networking, mentoring, motivating, and excellence are the words that best define the ACR/EULAR exchange program. Through presenting our own research projects, we had the chance to receive feedback from all the participants. A number of collaborations for sure will emerge after this program. I truly recommend to all early career researchers to apply," Javier Rodríguez-Carrio, Spain

"During this one day and a half workshop, brilliantly led by Professors Gary Firestein and Nunzio Bottini and their team, we attended amazing and inspiring lectures. If you are a young investigator, I would highly recommend that you apply for such a great and rewarding program," Aurélie Najm, France

"A motivating, inspiring and rewarding experience which I trust will shape my future career plans. Hearing the ‘personal take’ of highly inspirational and successful people and the ‘ups and downs’ of their journey to success has been particularly moving at times. I feel truly lucky to have participated in this program and will cherish this experience for life," Elena Nikiphorou, United Kingdom

"A fantastic program to get inspired about research and learn from shared expertise. A great opportunity to network with each other and the faculty, as well as gain advice about your career trajectory from leaders in the field. Very grateful for a wonderful experience and would thoroughly recommend other early career researchers to apply for this
great initiative," Meghna Jani, United Kingdom

Related information


The application process for exchange to the ACR in Chicago, Illinois, United States from  17 - 24 October 2018 is now open. Application Process.pdf

For registration, click here

Deadline for registration: 16 Feburary 2018

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Early investigators: Travel stipend

EULAR is 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.