19th Exchange Period

The EFPT Exchange Bursary was created by the 2016 EFPT Board in order to make it possible for more trainees from lower income countries to participate in the exchange programme. Usually, one €500 bursary is issued every application period. In case of equally competent applications, the Exchange Working Group can split the bursary.

Applicants from EFPT category A (Croatia, Hungary, Poland), category B (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia and Turkey, Turkmenistan) and category C (Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova and Ukraine) countries are  eligible to apply for the €500 bursary.

How to apply? 

Once accepted for an exchange program, kindly send us your CV, motivational letter and the letter of confirmation to exchange@efpt.eu.  Ideally the motivational letter should reflect clear goals and objectives, as well as how the applicant plans to contribute to the host country.

Bursary applications are being accepted from January 2022.

If you have any queries do not hesitate to e-mail us on: exchange@efpt.eu


I am a resident psychiatric doctor for 4 years in largest and first founded pcychiatric hospital in Turkey. I participated the EFPT programme in Groningen University Hospital in the Netherlands at March 2022. 

First of all I would like to thank to EFPT programme, Dr. Hink Boer and Dr. Aida van der Poel. They helpt me so much during the process for my orientation and being with communication with the patients.

Mainly, I have been 2 different wards in Groningen : Acute Psychosis ward and Geriatric Psychiatry ward. During my experience in these wards I have observed different patient groups and I found the opportunity of observing different approaches to ECT, TMS and phototherapy.

And also I have been in the research lab that working on new pharmacotherapic agents such as pcilocibine and ketamine. Being there and getting information about possible future depression treatments were so excited and inspirational. I also attended special case discussions and formed an opinion about multidiciplinary approach to geriatric psychiatry.

My colleagues working in Groningen University were very kind to me. They invited me to their party. We had the opportunity to compare the psychiatry education in our countries, talk about reflection of our culture on diseases and sing a karaoke song together ☺

I really recommend to be a part of EFPT programme and also Groningen University Hospital. I hope to visit this valuable clinic again in the future.

 Dr. Seda Tanrıverdi Oluğ


Winner of the EFPT Exchange phase 17 bursary – Dr Andreea Manescu, (Romania)

Winner of the EFPT Exchange phase 17 bursary – Dr Marta Małkiewicz, (Poland)