Apply to be a Young Investigator
Applications are accepted from candidates who meet the following criteria:
- Have been an independent group leader for at least one and not more than four years on 1 January in the year of application.
- Have at least two years of post PhD scientific experience and an excellent track record.
- Work in the life sciences in an EMBC member state. Special provisions are made for scientists in Singapore and based at Taiwanese institutes, as part of the Singapore-EMBO|EMBC and Taiwanese-EMBO|EMBC cooperation agreement.
- 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.
- Are 40 years old or younger on 1 January in the year of application, unless exceptional circumstances have significantly delayed career progression.
- Are able to attend an interview in October 2015 in Heidelberg.
- We accept 'last author' research papers that are in submission by the deadline (1 April each year). Last author reviews are not accepted.
- For female candidates with children, both the limit of four-years since independence and the age limit of 40 is automatically extended by one year per child.
- Illness, parental leave and extended military service are considered as exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Special provision may also be made for clinical scientists. If you feel your circumstances warrant an extension of the eligibility periods, please contact the EMBO office for advice before applying.
- When defining independence we take into account whether the scientist writes grants in their own name; reports directly to funding agencies; is able to submit manuscripts as a last author and can be responsible for supervising their own graduate students and/or post docs.
Deadline for pre-application
Full applications invited
Deadline for full application
Committee meeting & interviews
Forms and guidelines for the 2015 selection round will be available from January. For information, details of the 2014 application process and 2014 application forms are included below.
Application process 2014
The application deadline for the 2014 call was 1 April.
Stage 1 Pre-application:
Applicants are asked to submit basic information about their scientific career and track record via our online application system as well as:
- Details for three referees*
- Upload a completed YIP pre-application form. Applicants should refer to the YIP Application Guidelines when completing this form.
* Important note: The details of the three referees should be submitted as soon as possible. You can continue to update your online form until the deadline. Reference letters are automatically requested, and are only accepted via the online system and must be submitted by the deadline.
- After the application deadline, we will confirm that the pre-application has been received and is complete.
- Pre-applications of eligible applicants are sent to the EMBO Young Investigator Committee for pre-screening.
- Following pre-screening approximately 50 applicants are invited to submit a full application and attend an interview with the selection committee.
Stage 2 full application:
- Applicants are asked to provide further information via the online system, and a final application form to be completed and uploaded as a PDF to the online system. Applicants should refer to the YIP Application Guidelines when completing this form.
- Full applications are sent to an EMBO Member expert in the area of the applicant's research for a confidential review.
- Candidates are interviewed by the EMBO Young Investigator Committee on 22nd or 23rd October. Applicants from Singapore will be interviewed by a committee of EMBO Members in Singapore.
The EMBO Young Investigator Committee, is looking for the best and most promising young independent researchers in Europe. The primary selection criterion applied by all EMBO committees is scientific excellence.
The aspects considered in particular by the EMBO Young Investigator Committee when making their decisions are:
- Are the publications to date an indication that this is an outstanding scientist?
- Has the applicant shown a willingness to change research area, which is an indication of an ability to tackle new and important problems?
- Is the proposed research interesting and realistic?
- Are the proposed projects a continuation of the applicant's post-doctoral work or do the projects represent independent research themes?
Group and Research environment
- Is the research environment conducive to competitive research?
- Are the number of laboratory members and the available funds sufficient to undertake the described research?
- Is the candidate intellectually and financially independent? What is the influence of former supervisors and institute heads on the candidate's current research?
- At the pre-application stage the committee judge whether the initial application is competitive enough to be considered for the award. About 50 applicants are invited to submit a full application and attend an interview.
- Full applications are requested and sent to an EMBO Member expert in the area of the applicant's research for a confidential review.
- Candidates attend a panel interview with a subset of the committee. Candidates are asked to deliver a 10-minute presentation summarizing their current projects and future directions. The presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
- The committee makes a final decision on each application after the interviews based on the performance at interview, the information provided in the application form and a confidential review by an EMBO Member expert in the candidate's field.
- All candidates are informed by email of the outcome of their full application.
EMBO Young Investigators benefit from extensive networking opportunities, and other financial and practical support.
Most* EMBC member states provide a financial award. The award component is currently being negotiated with the member states. All current EMBO Young Investigators can also apply for small grants of up to 10,000 euros from funds provided by EMBO Council.
The EMBO Young Investigator Programme is unique in its focus on networking. EMBO Young Investigators are formally programme members for 3-years, and during this time are encouraged to interact with each other, EMBL group leaders and the growing network of former Young Investigators.
Funded activities include:
- EMBO Young Investigator Lecture Grants
- Joint group meetings
- Collaboration visits
- Support for seminars by Young Investigators at another programme members' institute
- Lab member research visits
- Access to EMBL Core Facilities
- The annual EMBO Young Investigator meeting
- Special interest groups organizing sectoral meetings on a number of topics
- Grants for organizing conferences
- Training in basic management skills through EMBO Laboratory Management Courses
- An annual advert in Nature for vacancies in programme members' laboratories
- Annual course for PhD students from programme members' laboratories
- Mentorship by an EMBO Member
- Travel grants for meeting attendance for Young Investigators and their group members
Detailed information about the benefits are listed in our programme guide (pdf).
* Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Singapore (within the framework of the cooperation agreement with EMBO/EMBC), Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
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