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Recent advances in radiology equipment, in particular more rapid acquisition of cross-sectional images with fast imaging techniques, have opened the door to excellent multisystem imaging in children.

This is in addition to more conventional plain film, fluoroscopy and ultrasound/nuclear imaging which has long been the mainstay of paediatric radiology. Clinical research has expanded the range of applications of newer imaging modalities, particularly in brain and heart imaging. This is important in neurodevelopmental disorders and complex congenital heart disease.

The programme offers an opportunity to complement subspecialisation training in paediatric radiology or an existing fellowship programme. Three months of intensive training in paediatric radiology will be provided and will be supervised by a specialised tutor in a pre-selected, highly esteemed, academic training centre in Europe. The list of available training centres will be published shortly before applications open.

To apply, please

  1. Log in to the MyESR portal and select ‘Exchange Programmes for Fellowships’
    (If you are not an ESR Member or need to renew your ESR Membership, please click here.)
  2. Choose your respective subspeciality and preferred training centre. You should indicate also your second and third choices. 
  3. Upload the Application Package through the MyESR portal as one single PDF file (max. 8MB).

Please note:


Four places will be offered and organised through ESOR. The successful applicants will receive a grant jointly provided by ESR/ESOR and ESPR.


  1. These exchange programmes are applicable to radiologists within the first three-four years after certification, who desire to become subspecialist radiologists. Basic paediatric radiology training is essential.
  2. Basic knowledge of current clinical practice in paediatric radiology with regard to plain films, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT and MRI is required. Competence in producing a radiological report, in communication with clinicians and patients, and knowledge of the principles of administration and management applied to a clinical department with multi-disciplinary staff and high-cost equipment is essential. Understanding the medico-legal implications of uncertainty and errors in diagnostic radiology is necessary. A good clinical background in other disciplines, which has been achieved through clinical experience and training prior to entering the fellowship. Clinical experience in paediatrics is advantageous.
  3. Applicants must be fluent, and provide all documentation, in English.

  4. Active ESR and ESPR memberships are required.


  • Applicants who were selected for this programme in the past cannot be considered for a second time.
  • You may apply to apply to one programme, and one topic, only.
  • Candidates may only apply to institutions outside of their country of residence / work. No exceptions can be made.
  • The selected candidates will be asked to provide additional documents to the training centre for administrative purposes.
  • Selected candidates are asked to apply for their own work permits and insurance. Please consider potentially long visa application waiting times when applying. Training centres will provide assistance.
  • All applications will be carefully reviewed by an evaluation committee after the submission deadline.

All applicants must provide the following documents as a single PDF file:


Letter of Motivation

Addressed to the Evaluation Committee and including a summary of their training background, areas of particular strength and interest and a brief description of how they would hope to implement and apply their medical training



using the ESOR curriculum vitae template (.docx)


Documentation of Recent Board Certification

Certification must be no more than 4 years old.


At least two Letters of Recommendation

Addressed to the Evaluation Committee from the head of department of the current training centre or a previously undertaken academic training


*Each candidate must submit their CV in the provided ESOR format. Differing CV formats will not be considered. Please note that only complete applications can be considered. To apply for, or renew, your ESR membership, please click here.

Duration of Fellowship
and Funding

The training will start in the second half of the year in accordance with the training center and last for three months. The scholarship must be completed by the end of 2025. The scholar will receive a grant (€3.500,-) upon completion of the training, delivery of a final report and submission of original flight tickets and accommodation receipts. The grant is intended to contribute in part to travel and accommodation expenses during the training period. ESOR cannot guarantee that the grant will cover these costs in full. During the training period the scholar is responsible for covering their expenses and their own health insurance. The training itself is offered for free. Please note that in particular cases administrative charges may arise, which are to be covered by the grant.

programme structure

Based on weekly training programme modules, the trainee will familiarise themself with the institution’s imaging equipment. They will then learn to handle children in all modalities in radiological practice, followed by case-by-case practical teaching on routine clinical cases with different modalities from experienced staff. With supervision of a wide range of pathology at the end of the training programme the trainee should be proficient in discussing the appropriate imaging modalities and imaging technique with referring clinicians and be able to interpret different paediatric examinations on their own.

Training in non-native English speaking centres is in English, but radiological conferences and reporting may be in the local language. Some knowledge of the local language may be an advantage.

The trainee will be able to observe clinical activities, but will not have direct patient care responsibilities.

It is the trainee’s responsibility to communicate with the centre should the trainee want greater responsibilities. ESOR acts solely as a facilitator and coordinator between the training centre and the trainee.


Upon the receipt of a written report from the fellow about the fellow’s activities and work during the programme, the trainee will receive a certificate from ESR/ESOR and ESPR.

Evaluation committee


Maria I. Argyropoulou


Owen Arthurs


Rick v. Rijn

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