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STSM Information


Short Term Scientific Missions or exchange visits allow scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST country, to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to make measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory. They are particularly intended for young scientists.


The short term scientific missions are primarily intended for PhD students and post-docs, though anyone of any experience level is accepted. The duration of a STSM is from 1 week to 3 months, possibly renewable once. The maximum stipend is 2500 Euros. However, for early stage researchers*, the stipend can go as high as 3500 Euros if the mission is longer than 3 months. Usually, travel will be 300 Euros and daily allowance between 60 and 90 Euros.

How to apply

First, go to the COST web site, fill out the STSM forms, and build the pdf. Please indicate the real travel and living expenses. Send the pdf to the STSM coordinator, Linda Sperling and to the Chair of the action, Cristina Miceli. Please add an explanation of the scientific value of the mobility to the email (one or two paragraphs).

There is no deadline, but we would appreciate receiving your application at least 6 weeks before the starting date. The applications will be reviewed by members of the Management Committee of the Cost Action before approval.

After your mission

Please write a short report (one page maximum), which will be made publicly available on this web site. The report should indicate the name of the applicant, the host laboratory, the topic, and give a brief summary of what was accomplished. Please send the report by email to Linda Sperling.


* Early Stage Researcher, in this context, means someone with a PhD but with less than 8 years experience since the PhD.

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