1. Skip to Menu
  2. Skip to Content
  3. Skip to Footer

For current Young Investigators and Installation Grantees


The EMBO Young Investigator Programme supports independent scientists that are selected as EMBO Young Investigators and Installation Grantees. 


Programme members receive extensive support for networking interactions and other career development opportunities. Some highlights are listed below and summarized in a downloadable infographic. A more complete list, with details of the levels of support and how to apply for these, is provided in the programme guide (pdf). Relevant forms are included in the downloads list to the right.


The annual EMBO Young Investigator meeting for all former and current programme members and more specialized meetings facilitate interaction between programme members. 


Networking funds support a wide range of interactions between programme members, such as institute visits and joint group meetings. Student exchanges and meeting grants allow interactions between current EMBO Young Investigator and Installation Grant labs with the wider scientific community. In addition, programme members organizing a conference/course can receive sponsorship.


Career development opportunities include the opportunity to choose an EMBO Member as your mentor, a free laboratory management course and an online training course on responsible conduct of research co-developed by the EMBO Science Policy Programme. Optional training courses in various topics are also offered at the annual EMBO Young Investigator meeting.


The programme raises the profile of Young Investigators by offering EMBO Young Investigator Lecture Grants to current programme members, who are invited as speakers at international conferences, and by including their details in the EMBO directory.


Members of Young Investigators’ labs receive additional support, for example, through the annual Young Investigator Programme PhD Course, a course run by Young Investigators for students in Young Investigator laboratories.  Further support for your growing lab includes access to EMBL Core Facilities.


An overview of the financial award for Installation Grantees and Young Investigators selected in 2014 or later is provided in the programme guide (pdf).  For Young Investigators selected before 2014, the payment mechanism was different: please contact the Young Investigator Programme office with any queries.


Upcoming events, deadlines, and other opportunities within the programme are included in the eNewsletter sent to programme members.

Young Investigator PhD Course 


Organized by EMBO Young Investigators, this PhD course provides students working in Young Investigators' labs with a broad overview of the biological sciences alongside training in skills required for a scientific career. The international scientific experience of the course organizers and the diversity of both teachers and participants – in terms of scientific interest and nationality – help shape the students' future perspectives.


A major focus is on soft-skills including training in scientific writing and communicating science. Participants will practice presenting a poster and giving a short talk, receiving constructive feedback on their talks. An intensive training session provides the opportunity to further improve presentation skills. Practical exercises on grant proposals and reviewing papers are included in the programme, as well as scientific lectures.

Next PhD course will take place 14 - 19 January 2019.

The programme of 2017 course is available here.



Application for the 2019 will be open mid summer 2018.


Travel & accommodation

Please note: participants (or their labs) must cover their own travel costs. For advice on travel to Heidelberg please see travel to EMBO.


EMBO organizes and covers the cost of participant accommodation on a shared-twin basis during the course and on the arrival /departure days either side of the 6-days of teaching (i.e. a two bed room shared with one other participant for 7 nights).

Impressions from the YIP meeting 2018 in Vienna can be found here.


Young Investigator Meeting 2019
13-15 March


The annual EMBO Young Investigator Meeting provides members of the programme with a forum to network. Young Investigators present their research, and informal discussions offer an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences.



The meeting comprises short talks from all attendees, lots of time for networking, and a dedicated session to learn more about the Young Investigator Programme and provide input on its activities. 



The meeting will take place at the

A*STAR, Singapore.

1 Fusionopolis Way,

#20-10 Connexis,

Singapore 138632



All current and former EMBO Young Investigators and EMBO Installation Grantees are invited to participate.  


The Young Investigator Programme office will arrange accommodation for registered participants.


Participants should please book their own travel. Please keep us updated with your travel plans, so we can arrange the programme and hotel accommodation accordingly.

Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed after the meeting (please refer to the travel guidelines for Young Investigators).

Find a Young Investigator


Find a Young Investigator


The Young Investigator database lists all current and former EMBO Young Investigators. Please browse the database to find out more about their research. You can also search by keyword to find a Young Investigator working in a particular area.


Current EMBO Young Investigators are also featured in the EMBO communities’ resource at people.embo.org.


If you would like to invite a Young Investigator as a speaker and plan to apply for a Young Investigator Lecture Grant to support their talk, please consult the list of Young Investigators eligible for lecture grants in 2017, sorted by EMBO subject area.


A separate database of Installation Grantees is linked from the Installation Grant webpages.



Work with a Young Investigator


PhD students and postdocs working with current EMBO Young Investigator and Installation Grant (marked with *) benefit from EMBO training opportunities, networking events and laboratory exchanges. The laboratories of former members also have access to many of these activities.


A list of vacancies in EMBO Young Investigator and Installation Grantee laboratories is provided below. Please contact the EMBO Young Investigator directly (using the contact details on the linked page) with any queries about these vacancies.


PhD Vacancies


Postdoc Vacancies


Other Vacancies

  • Research assistant position (optional PhD studies) in development of bioinformatics databases and web servers

    Janusz Bujnicki (YI-2002) | International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Warsaw, PL

    Bioinformatics analyses, Computer programming

  • Group Leaders

    Henrique Veiga-Fernandes (IG-2007) | Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon, PT

    Physiology and Cancer

  • Computational biologist

    Karin De Visser (YI-2015) | NKI, Amsterdam, NL

    Tumor Immunology

  • Group Leader Position

    Ellen Nollen (YI-2011) | The European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing, NL

    Group Leader Position

  • Tenure-track Assistant Professor

    Ellen Nollen (YI-2012) | European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing | University of Groningen | NL

    Assistant Professor

  • Tenure-track Junior Group Leader positions

    Sascha Martens (YI-2014) | Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna, AT

    We are recruiting outstanding scientists from any research field that addresses fundamental biological questions. MFPL is also interested in recruiting scientists, who work at the interface of medicine and biology. Junior Group Leaders

  • Technician/ research position

    Orlando D. Schärer (YI-2000)  | IBS Center for Genomic Integrity @ UNIST, Ulsan, Republic of Korea

    DNA Repair and Genomic Integrity



*= Vacancy is part of a wider call, positions are also available with other group leaders, not all of whom are members of the Young Investigator Programme


It is also possible to send speculative applications to Young Investigator and Installation Grant laboratories not listed above. Please use the EMBO Young Investigator Database and EMBO Installation Grants Database to find laboratories whose research interests you and send a CV/cover letter to the PI using the contact details listed on their lab website.




EMBO Young Investigators regularly receive honours or awards for their research. Please find below a list of some of the awards that current or former members of the programme received recently.


Many Young Investigators have also been awarded an ERC starting, consolidator or advanced grant since ERC grants were first awarded in 2007. Additionally, 110 current or former Young Investigators have been elected to EMBO Membership.  



Awards won by Young Investigators in 2016

Young Investigator Selected in award
Richard Benton 2011 EMBO Gold Medal
Ben Lehner 2010
Matteo Iannacone 2015  European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL)Young Investigator Award
Duncan Odom 2009 Genetics Society (UK) Mary Lyon Prize
Johannes Zuber 2009  German Cancer Prize
Lori Passmore 2014  MRC/Royal Society Suffrage Science Scheme Award



Awards won by Young Investigators in 2015

Young Investigator Selected in award
Patrick Cramer 2000  Arthur Burkhardt Prize
Helen Walden 2011 Biochemical Society Colworth Medal
Victoria Cowling 2013 British Society for Cell Biology Women in Cell Biology Early Career Medal
Evi Soutoglou 2012 CNRS Bronze Medal
Thomas Lecuit 2003 CNRS Silver Medal
Melina Schuh 2012 EMBL John Kendrew Young Scientist Award
Ido Amit 2013 EMBO Gold Medal
Sarah Teichmann 2003
Thomas Wollert 2014 Eppendorf / Nature Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators
Rut Carballido Lopez 2011

Irène Joliot-Curie Young Female Scientist Prize


Thomas Lecuit 2003 Liliane Bettencourt Prize for Life Sciences
Steven West 2014 Lister Institute Lister Prize
M. Madan Babu 2010

The Royal Society Francis Crick Award Lecture (2016) 

Frank Uhlmann 2002 elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society
Richard Benton 2011 Swiss National Science Foundation, National Latsis Prize
Óscar Fernández Capetillo 2008 Carmen y Severo Ochoa Research Award in Molecular Biology



Awards won by Young Investigators in 2014

Young Investigator Selected in award
Manuel Thery 2013 American Society for Cell Biology Early Career Life Scientist Award 
M. Madan Babu 2009 Biochemical Society Colworth Medal
Melina Schuh 2012 Biochemical Society Early Career Research Award (Cells)
Juan Martín-Serrano 2008 Biochemical Society The GlaxoSmithKline Award
Sarah Teichmann 2003 Biophysical Society Michael and Kate Bárány Award
Anne Bertolotti 2004 British Society for Cell Biology Hooke Medal
Brian Luke 2013 C.H.S.-Foundation Chica and Heinz Schaller Research Award
Jacob Hanna 2012 Selected by Cell in their list "40 under 40" most innovative young scientists
David Keays 2012
Maya Schuldiner 2011
Aurelio Teleman 2010
Óscar Fernández-Capetillo 2008
Benjamin Prud'homme 2011 CNRS Bronze Medal
Sophie Martin 2009 EMBO Gold medal
Thomas Wollert 2014 German Society for Cell Biology Walther-Flemming Medal
Uri Alon 2000 HFSP Nakasone Award
Kim Jensen 2013 LEO Pharma Research Foundation (LPRF) in association with the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR) Gold prize
Thomas Richards 2012 Leverhulme Trust Philip Leverhulme Prize
Melina Schuh 2012 Lister Institute Lister Prize
M. Madan Babu 2009 Lister Institute Lister Prize
Jason Carroll 2010 Louis-Jeantet Foundation Louis-Jeantet Young Investigator Career Award
Felipe Cortés Ledesma 2014 SEBBM Young Investigator Prize
Luca Jovine 2009 Swedish Society for Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology Hugo Theorells prize
Sophie Martin 2009 Swiss Society for Biochemistry Friedrich Miescher-Award
Robert Klose 2010 The Royal Society Francis Crick Award Lecture
Paloma Más 2007  Carmen and Severo Ochoa Research Prize for Molecular Biology
Dirk Schübeler 2006  ESCI Award for Excellence in Biomedical Investigation
Frédéric Saudou 2002  Lounsbery Prize for Biology and Medicine
M. Madan Babu 2009  Protein Science Young Investigator Award



Young Investigators


Through the Young Investigator Programme, EMBO identifies and supports some of the best young researchers in the life sciences. EMBO Young Investigators are group leaders in the early stages of setting up an independent laboratory in EMBC Member or Associate Member States. They receive financial and practical support for a period of four years to help them develop skills and connections that will help them during this career stage.


The Young Investigator Programme was started in 2000. EMBO Young Investigators are selected annually and the 73 current members, together with 384 former members of the programme and the recipients of EMBO Installation Grants, form a network of Europe’s next generation of leading life scientists.

Apply to be a Young Investigator




EMBO Young Investigators receive a financial award of 15,000 euros in their second year. They can also apply for additional small grants of up to 10,000 euros per year.


Networking is a key aspect of the programme, and Young Investigators benefit from extensive practical support, including:



  • The annual EMBO Young Investigator meeting
  • Special interest groups organizing sectoral meetings on a number of topics
  • Joint group meetings with other programme member’s labs
  • Visits to discuss a potential collaboration with another programme member
  • Seminars by Young Investigators at another programme members' institute
  • Research visits of a lab member to another programme member’s laboratory to exchange expertise


Support for Young Investigators:


Support for Young Investigator laboratories:


Detailed information about the benefits is listed in our programme guide for Young Investigators and Installation Grantees (pdf).






Candidates applying to become a Young Investigator must:

  • Have been an independent group leader for at least one year at the pre-application deadline and for less than four years on 1 January in the year of application.
  • Have an excellent track record.
  • Carry out research in the life sciences in an EMBC Member State, an EMBC Associate Member State (currently India and Singapore) or a in countries/territories covered by a co-operation agreement (currently Taiwan and Chile).
  • Have obtained sufficient funding to run their laboratory.
  • Have published at least one last author research paper in an international peer reviewed journal from independent work carried out in their own laboratory.
  • Be 40 years old or younger on 1 January in the year of application, unless exceptional circumstances have significantly delayed career progression.
  • Be able to attend an interview in Heidelberg, Germany, on 30 or 31 October 2018.


For detailed information on the eligibility criteria, please consult the application guidelines (pdf).






Call for 2018 application round is closed now.

Applications to the EMBO Young Investigator Programme are accepted annually in a two-stage process and must be submitted through an online system.


Application process

  • The deadline for pre-applications was 3 April 2018, 14:00 CEST.
  • The Young Investigator Committee invites selected candidates to submit a full application and attend an interview.
  • The deadline for full applications is 27 June 2018, 23:55 CEST.
  • All invited candidates will be interviewed by the Young Investigator Committee on 30 or 31 October 2018.
  • The final decision will be made at the Young Investigator Committee meeting.
  • All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by email.


Required documentation

The complete application for the Young Investigator Programme consists of:

  • CV
  • Synopsis of recent work
  • Outline of the research programme
  • Short summary of research
  • Publication list and list of three best papers
  • Three letters of reference
  • List of grants and pending grant applications


For detailed information on the application process, key dates and required documentation, please consult the application guidelines (pdf).






Selection criteria

The primary selection criterion is scientific excellence. Additional aspects considered by the EMBO Young Investigator Committee are:

  • Proposed research
  • Group and research environment
  • Financial and intellectual independence

For a detailed list of selection criteria, download our application guidelines.


Selection process 

The selection process involves the following steps:


  • The pre-application stage: applicants whose initial applications were considered competitive for an award by the selection committee, are invited to submit a full application and attend an interview.
  • Full application review: The invited full applications are sent to an EMBO Member who is an expert in the applicant's research for a confidential review.
  • Interview: Candidates attend a panel interview with a subset of the Young Investigator Committee, where they deliver a presentation summarizing their current results, projects and future directions, followed by discussion.
  • Final decision: Following the interviews, the committee makes a final decision, and all candidates are informed by email of the outcome of their application.


 Due to the high number of applications, it is not possible to give any individual feedback. Reasons for the rejection will not be communicated.


Research Integrity

EMBO expects responsible conduct of research from its awardees. All the research activities carried out shall be in compliance with fundamental ethical and research integrity principles. In line with our commitment with these initiatives, we require all Young Investigators to complete an online course on research integrity.



Applications accepted throughout the year

EC logo





co-funded by the


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


David del Álamo Rodríguez

David del Álamo Rodríguez
 Programme Manager
 T. + 49 6221 8891 122



Inga Strazda

Inga Strazda
Long-Term & Advanced Fellowships Administrator
T. + 49 6221 8891 561


Ingrid Busby

Ingrid Busby
Short-Term Fellowships Administrator
T. + 49 6221 8891 409


Benardine Ngu

Benardine Ngu
Finance & Fellowships Administrator
T. + 49 6221 8891 107


Larisa Bulgatova

Larisa Bulgatova
Fellowships Administrator
T. + 49 6221 8891 551