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EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowships

 

 

About

 

The EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowships support research visits to another laboratory in the research areas of Systems Biology and Genomic & Computational Biology.

 

EMBO partnered with the European Association for Bioindustries (EuropaBio) to offer four EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowships that fund exchanges between laboratories in eligible countries lasting between one week (7 days) and six months (180 days).

 

EuropaBio, represents 79 corporate and associate members and bio-regions, and 17 national biotechnology associations, and promotes an innovative and dynamic European biotechnology industry. It is committed to the socially responsible use of biotechnology to improve quality of life, to prevent, diagnose, treat and cure diseases, to improve the quality and quantity of food and feedstuffs and to move towards a biobased and zero-waste economy.

 

As part of the collaboration, EuropaBio provided funds for four fellowships of up to twice the duration of EMBO Short-Term Fellowships. These fellowships will only be available for application during 2017 for research visits during 2018.

The goal of the EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowships is to facilitate valuable collaborations with research groups applying techniques that are unavailable in the applicant's laboratory. The EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowships are not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same country. The EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowships are intended for joint research work rather than consultations. The fellowships contribute towards travel plus subsistence of the fellow only and not of dependents.

 

Applications are open until 31 December 2017 only.

 

Eligibility

 

  • Applicants must be active researchers at any stage in their career with a minimum of one year of research experience as PhD students or equivalent.
  • EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowships are awarded for research exchanges between laboratories in EMBC Member States, Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners. EMBO Short-Term Fellowships are not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same country.
  • Applications for research exchanges involving Chile and one of the EMBC Member States or Cooperation Partners will exceptionally be considered.
  • Only in exceptional cases will EMBO Short-Term fellowships be awarded for research visits outside the countries listed above. For such cases, it is essential that a justification be provided why there is no appropriate expertise or technology in EMBC Member States, Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners.
  • Applications from outside EMBC Member States, Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners will not be considered.
  • Applications to visit laboratories outside EMBC Member States, Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners will only be considered under exceptional circumstances.
  • Applications for the exclusive purpose of training in a technique rather than as a component of a wider research project, will not be considered.
  • EMBO does not consider applications for the EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowships to prolong visits begun under other auspices, or as bridging fellowships between, or prior to, long term stays funded by EMBO or other organizations.
  • Applications for fellowships to attend courses, workshops, or symposia will not be considered.

 

Application

 

The deadline for applications is 31 December 2017. Applications received or completed after the start of the visit will not be considered.

 

The application process is handled via the online application system.

 

Applications and supporting documentation (two references, receiving institute acceptance) are only accepted via the online application system.

 

Applications that are not awarded an EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowship, will be automatically considered for an EMBO Short-Term Fellowship provided that the application is adjusted for a visit of maximum three months. Candidates applying for a research visit for longer than three months are therefore encouraged to be able to adapt their proposal to a three month-long exchange (the maximum duration for an EMBO Short-Term Fellowship).

 

The EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowship guidelines offer further detail on eligibility criteria and the application process.

 

Evaluation

 

All applications are examined by the EMBO Fellowship Office to ensure that they are complete and eligible. Receipt of complete applications will be acknowledged via email.

 

Applications are judged on the following criteria:

 

  • CV of the candidate, and in particular research experience.
  • Quality of the project to be developed in the host laboratory (novelty, feasibility).
  • The suitability of the host laboratory for the proposed work.
  • Value of the exchange for the laboratories involved (collaboration, co-publication).

 

Applicants will be informed promptly once a decision has been made, usually within two months after the deadline.

 

Benefits

 

Duration of support

The EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowships are intended for visits of one week (7 days) up to six months (180 days).

 

Travel costs and stipend

The fellowships contribute towards travel costs and subsistence of the fellow but not of any dependents. The subsistence rate depends on the country being visited.

 

End of fellowship report

At the end of your fellowship applicants are asked to provide EMBO with a report of their activity at the host institute. The report should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Please note that the final report must include the EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowship number and the fellow’s current address.

 

The final report must be submitted to the fellowship office within 6 months of completing the research visit. The report should be approximately two pages long, and should summarize the results as well as possible plans for further work to be undertaken. It may include diagrams, charts or illustrations. Upon receipt of the final report, the EMBO office will send a certificate stating the start date and duration of the fellowship, the place the place where it was held, the EMBO |EuropaBio Fellowship number and the title of the project developed.

 

Applicants must provide a letter signed by their home institution certifying that they have returned to work there for at least 6 months after the completion of the EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowship.

EMBO Long-Term Fellowship Awards

 

This page has been updated with a provisional list of recipients of an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship following the Autumn 2017 selection.

 

DISCLAIMER: The provisional lists published on this page have been compiled with great care and to the best of our knowledge, to inform applicants as early as possible about the probable outcome of their application. However, we cannot assume any liability for the list being up-to-date, complete or accurate. Formal award letters will be sent to all successful applicants by email within the next two weeks.

 

*Please note: if your number is not on the list, your application was not successful.

 

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EMBO Advanced Fellowship Awards

 

This page has been updated with a provisional list of recipients of an EMBO Advanced Fellowship following the Autumn 2017 selection.

 

DISCLAIMER: The provisional lists published on this page have been compiled with great care and to the best of our knowledge, to inform applicants as early as possible about the probable outcome of their application. However, we cannot assume any liability for the list being up-to-date, complete or accurate. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by email within the next two weeks.

 

*Please note: if your number is not on the list, your application was not successful.

 

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EMBO Fellows Facebook Page

 

 

Notice: As of the 1st of April 2017, FellowsNet will be inactive. Fellows are encouraged to network, find out about the latest EMBO news and events, search for and/or advertise job openings and promote their science through the EMBO Fellowships Facebook page @EMBOFellows.

 

EMBO Fellows can stay connected with the EMBO community through the EMBO Fellows Facebook page. Through the Facebook page, Fellows will receive the latest EMBO Fellows news, job vacancies, communicate wth other EMBO Fellows and much more.

 

Main features of EMBO Fellows Facebook page are:

  • News about EMBO Fellows
  • Search and advertise relevant job vacancies
  • Communicate with other EMBO Fellows
  • Promote your science
  • Stay up to date with the annual Fellows' Meeting

 

If you would like to advertise a job vacancy, please send the below details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. :

  • Hiring Manager
  • Institution, country
  • Job title
  • Job description - short sentence
  • Website where the advertisement is being advertised
  • Closing date

Fellows' Meetings

 

EMBO organizes annual Fellows' Meetings for those fellows who have recently completed their Long-Term Fellowships.

 

This annual event aims to bring fellows together in a friendly atmosphere for them to share their experiences, establish new collaborations and contacts. Each fellow can present his/her work with prior submission of a short abstract, published in the meeting booklet. A Science Communication Workshop provides more information about communications with the public and media.

 

Fellows have the opportunity to meet the EMBO fellowships team and give feedback and suggestions on the activity of the programme.

 

The next EMBO Fellows' Meeting will take place 14-16 June 2018 at EMBL Heidelberg.

Short-Term Fellowships

 

 

About

 

Short-Term Fellowships fund research exchanges of up to three months between laboratories in eligible countries. The aim is to facilitate valuable collaborations with research groups applying techniques that are unavailable in the applicant's laboratory. Short-Term Fellowships are not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same country. Short-Term Fellowships are intended for joint research work rather than consultations. The fellowships cover travel plus subsistence of the fellow only and not of dependents.

 

Eligibility

 

  • Applicants must be active researchers at any stage in their career with a minimum of one year of research experience at the PhD-student level.
  • EMBO Short-Term Fellowships are awarded for research exchanges between laboratories in EMBC Member States, Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners. EMBO Short-Term Fellowships are not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same country.
  • During 2017, applications for research exchanges involving Chile and one of the EMBC Member Sates or Cooperation Partners will exceptionally be considered.
  • Only in exceptional cases will EMBO Short-Term fellowships be awarded for research visits outside the countries listed above. For such cases, it is essential that a justification be provided why there is no appropriate expertise or technology in EMBC Member States, Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners.
  • Applications from outside EMBC Member States, Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners will not be considered.
  • Applications for the exclusive purpose of training in a technique rather than as a component of a wider research project, will not be considered for funding.
  • EMBO does not consider applications for Short-Term Fellowships to prolong visits begun under other auspices, or as bridging fellowships between, or prior to, long term stays funded by EMBO or other organizations.
  • Applications for fellowships to attend courses, workshops, or symposia will not be considered.

 

Application

 

There is no deadline for applications, however it is recommended to apply three months before the proposed starting date. Applications received or completed only after the start of the visit will not be considered.

 

The application process is handled via the online application system.

 

Applications and supporting documentation (two references, receiving institute acceptance) are only accepted via the online application system.

 

Please read the Short-Term Fellowships guidelines for applicants before applying online.

 

Evaluation

 

All applications are examined at the EMBO Fellowship Office to ensure that they are complete and eligible. Receipt of complete applications will be acknowledged via email.

 

Applications are judged on the following criteria:

 

  • CV of the candidate, and in particular research experience.
  • Quality of the project to be developed in the host laboratory (novelty, feasibility).
  • The suitability of the host laboratory for the proposed work.
  • Value of the exchange for the laboratories involved (collaboration, co-publication).

As soon as a decision is reached, normally within three to four months from submission of a complete application, applicants are informed promptly.

Benefits

 

Duration of support

Short-Term Fellowships are intended for visits of 1 week (7 days) up to 3 months (90 days).

 

Travel costs and stipend

The fellowships contribute towards travel costs and subsistence of the fellow but not of any dependents. The subsistence rate depends on the country being visited.

 

End of fellowship report

At the end of your fellowship applicants are asked to provide EMBO with a report of their activity at the host institute. The report should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Please note that you need to indicate your ASTF number and your current address on your final report.

 

The final report must be submitted to the fellowship office within 6 months of completing the research visit. The report should be about two pages, and should summarize the results as well as possible plans for further work to be undertaken. It may include diagrams, charts or illustrations. Upon receipt of the final report, the EMBO office will send a certificate stating the start date and duration of the fellowship, the place the place where it was held, the ASTF number and the title of the project developed.

 

Together with the final report, applicants must provide a letter signed by their home institution certifying that they have returned to work there for at least 6 months after the completion of the EMBO Short-Term Fellowship.

ERS | EMBO Fellowships

 

About

 

The joint ERS | EMBO Fellowships Programme is a new collaboration between EMBO and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) launched in December 2012. The goal of this joint programme is to encourage collaboration between clinicians and basic researchers and to bring more clinicians into basic science. The ERS is interested in offering such fellowships particularly to clinicians working in the field of respiratory medicine. Building European expertise in the area of respiratory health and promoting excellence in molecular biology research is key for both organisations.


Two long-term fellowships for up to one year and four short-term fellowships for one to three months will be offered. ERS |EMBO joint fellowships are basic science fellowships in respiratory science with a research project in molecular biology.
 

Eligibility

 

 Long-Term and Short-Term Fellowships

 

  • Candidates should be actively engaged in research/science/practice that is relevant to respiratory medicine, and have appropriate scientific or medical qualifications.
  • Applicants must be postgraduates holding a university degree in medicine/science (MD, MSc, PhD, MD-PhD). As a minimum requirement, applicants need to have graduated with an MD, MSc or equivalent at the time of application. Candidates may also be qualified healthcare professionals (non-MD) working in respiratory medicine/health (nurses, physiotherapists, respiratory function technologists, allied respiratory professionals). 
  • As the purpose of the fellowship is to bring clinicians into the field of basic science, candidates who have a strong clinical background (MDs and MDs-PhDs) will be favoured and prioritized during the selection process.
  • All applications must involve intra-European exchange with either home or host country being an EMBC Member State.
  • Candidates must be ERS members

 

Application

 

Long-Term Fellowships


 

Applications' deadline is on 31 January. 

Visit ERS website for detailed information and online application.



Short-Term Fellowships


 

Applications' deadlines are on 15 April and 1 October each year. Visit ERS website for detailed information and online application. 

Benefits

 

Long-Term Fellowships 

 

Please refer to the Rules & Regulations for detailed subsistence rates, child support and travel grant. 

 

Short-Term Fellowships

 

Please refer to the Rules & Regulations for detailed subsistence rates, child support and travel grant.

Advanced Fellowships

 

About

EMBO Advanced Fellowships offer an additional two years of funding for EMBO Long-Term Fellows who can demonstrate exceptional progress during their current postdoctoral work. The advanced fellowship allows the awardees to complete their postdoctoral research in the host laboratory and to establish their own line of research.

Eligibility

Applicants must

  • be former or current EMBO Long-Term Fellows or EMBO Non-Stipendiary Fellows working in an EMBC Member State
  • still be working in the EMBO Long-Term Fellowship host laboratory
  • have worked in the host laboratory for at least 18 months at the time of the application deadline
  • have worked in the host laboratory for not more than 3 years at the time of the application deadline (career breaks due to parental leave will not be counted in the 3 years)
  • have either a high impact* first-author publication or manuscript submitted or close to submission resulting from their EMBO Long-Term Fellowship research

Reapplication is permissible if all eligibility criteria are still met.

 

*i.e. of high relevance to and beyond the respective scientific field

Application

Applications and supporting documentation (pdf of publication/manuscript; letter of support from host supervisor and one additional reference) are only accepted via the online application system.

Fellows wishing to apply for an advanced fellowship should contact the fellowship office stating their ALTF number in order to obtain the link to the online application system ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

There is one annual deadline for EMBO Advanced Fellowships.

The 2017 deadline for submission of complete applications (including references and an uploaded publication/manuscript) is Friday, 12 May 2017, 14:00 Central European Summer Time.

Selection

All applications are examined by the EMBO Fellowships Office to ensure that they are complete and eligible. Receipt of complete applications will be acknowledged via email within four weeks of the application deadline.

 

First round of evaluation: Pre-screening

During the pre-screening the EMBO Fellowship Committee will select up to 15 applications for a second round of evaluation. 

The pre-screening will focus on the scientific achievements of the applicant during his/her current postdoctoral work. The EMBO editors will contribute to the pre-screening by providing feedback on the uploaded publication/manuscript.
Applicants will be informed about the outcome of the prescreening by the end of August 2017.

 

Second round of evaluation

The selected applications will be sent for written evaluation to two EMBO Members or Young Investigators, who are experts in the area of the application. The evaluation will focus on the scientific quality and novelty of the research proposal, the track record of the applicant, and the promise for becoming an independent researcher.

 

Final decision

The EMBO Fellowship Committee will take the final funding decision based on:

  • Previous scientific achievements of the applicant with particular focus on the outcome of their postdoctoral work
  • Novelty and biological significance of proposed research taking into account the written evaluations
  • Promise of the applicant to become an independent researcher and support provided by the host supervisor

Up to 5 awards will be available annually. Applicants will be notified of the outcome at the beginning of December.

 

Successful applicants may start their fellowship from 1 January 2018.

Benefits

Duration of support

Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to 24 months.

Fellowships must be started within one calendar year from the relevant closing date for applications.

 

Stipend

The stipend is a subsistence allowance and is intended to cover the cost of living in the host country. The value of the stipend depends on the country where the host laboratory is located.

 

Laboratory start up grant

If a fellow starts an independent position at an institution located in an EMBC Member State within the fellowship tenure the remaining stipend, up to a maximum of 30,000 euro, can be spent at the fellows' discretion for any laboratory related costs.

 

Dependent child allowance

EMBO Advanced Fellows are entitled to receive an additional allowance for dependent children under the age of 18. The value of the allowance depends on the country being visited.

 

Childcare allowance

For children under the age of six, fellows can claim support for incurred childcare costs up to the amount of 2,500 euro per year and per child.

 

Parental leave


Fellows are entitled to 3 months paid parental leave during their fellowship. Fellows who take parental leave during the fellowship may request an extension of their fellowship for a period of up to 3 months. Parental leave has to be taken within 6 months of the birth of a child. Fellows should inform the Fellowship Office of their intention to take parental leave.

 

Part-time work

For childcare reasons it is possible to work part-time during the fellowship.

Please note: The maximum fellowship duration (full-time plus part-time) must not exceed 36 months.

 

Laboratory Management Courses

EMBO Advanced Fellows are entitled to attend a Laboratory Management Course for Postdocs, free of charge, or in case an independent position has been obtained fellows can attend a Laboratory Management Course for Group Leaders.

 

Long-Term Fellowships

 

 

NOTICE: While applications are accepted throughout the year, there are two evaluation periods every year. The evaluation committee meets in May and November.  Any complete applications received by second Friday of February, 2 pm CET will be evaluated in their spring meeting, with interviews conducted in April. Applications received by second Friday of August, 2 pm CEST, will be evaluated in their autumn meeting, with interviews in October.  Outcomes will be announced in June and December.

 

About

 

The EMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key feature in the application process. 

 

Benefits

 

Duration of support
Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 24 months but the Fellowship Committee may also award a shorter period than requested.

Please note: The minimum fellowship duration that can be requested is 12 months.

Fellowships must be started within one calendar year from the relevant evaluation deadline.

 

Stipend
The stipend is a subsistence allowance and is intended to cover the cost of living in the host country. The stipend rate depends on the country being visited and might be subject to taxation. We cannot advise on respective national tax regulations and we recommend fellows to contact the relevant authorities in the host country.

 

Dependent child allowance

EMBO Fellows are entitled to receive an additional allowance for dependent children under the age of 18. The value of the allowance depends on the country being visited.

 

Childcare allowance
For children under the age of six, fellows can claim support for incurred child-care costs up to the amount of €2.500 per year and per child. The corresponding amount is prorated according to the fraction of the year in which child-care expenses occurred.

 

Travel allowance
The travel allowance is intended to cover travel costs up to the amount of €5.000 for the fellow and his/her family to and from the receiving institute. The travel allowance further includes half a month's stipend to contribute to relocation costs.

 

Please read the Long-Term Fellowships Guidelines for further details.

 

Parental leave

Fellows whose children were born during their fellowship are entitled to 3 months paid parental leave. Fellows who take parental leave during the fellowship may request an extension of their fellowship for a period of up to 3 months. This extension has to be requested by the host supervisor at the end of the fellowship. Parental leave has to begin within 6 months of the birth of a child. Fellows should inform the Fellowship Office of their intention to take parental leave.

 

Part-time work
For childcare reasons it is possible to work part-time during the fellowship.

Please note: The maximum fellowship duration (full-time plus part-time) must not exceed 36 months.

 

Private Pension Scheme

Participation in the scheme is open to all EMBO Long-Term Fellows. The scheme is administered by MLP and Barmenia manages the pension funds. The plan offers a benefit package that optimally suits the needs of highly mobile scientists.

 

During the fellowship period EMBO functions as the policyholder and the fellows’ contributions are directly deducted from the stipend. EMBO matches the fellows’ contributions up to €100 per month. After the fellowship ends the policy is transferred to the fellow.

 

In case a fellow voluntarily contributes to another pension scheme, EMBO will also match the fellows’ contributions up to €100 per month paid at the end of each year, provided that the following conditions are met:

 

  1. The scheme is a proper pension scheme and not any other type of financial product (life insurance, investment account, etc.).
  2. The scheme is transferable to another country, at minimum within Europe.

EMBO Fellows’ Meeting

At the end of the fellowship, fellows are invited to the Fellows' Meeting. This annual event brings fellows together in a friendly atmosphere to present their research, share experiences, and establish new collaborations and contacts. It is also an opportunity to meet the EMBO staff and give feedback and suggestions on the programme.

 

Laboratory Leadership Courses

EMBO Long-Term Fellows are offered to attend a Laboratory Leadership Course for postdocs in Heidelberg free of charge at the end of their fellowship. Please note that due to budget restrictions waivers are available only to a limited number of EMBO Long-Term Fellows, both previous and current. Places are granted on a strict first come, first served policy. Waiver is available only within five years of being awarded the fellowship and only if the fellowship is held for at least six months.

Please read the Long-Term Fellowships guidelines for further details.

 

Eligibility

 

Main eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent at the start of the fellowship.
  • Applicants who already hold a PhDdegree at the time of application are eligible to apply only if they passed their PhD exam in the two years prior to the date of application.
  • Applicants must have at least one first author publication accepted in or published in an international peer reviewed journal at the time of application.
  • All applications must involve movement between countries (detailed information about mobility requirements is listed in guidelines).
  • Applications to go to the country in which the PhD was obtained will not be considered.
  • Applications for a Long-Term Fellowship to be held in the laboratory, institute or department in which the candidate worked to obtain his or her PhD, or to work again with the candidate's supervisor, no matter where the latter is located, will not be considered.
  • Candidates can start working at the host laboratory before the application deadline, but the time spent should not exceed six months at the date of application.
  • Candidates can only submit one application for one project at one host laboratory at each round of selection.
  • Reapplication is permissible only once.

For detailed eligibility criteria applicants should read the Long-Term Fellowships guidelines.


Application

 

Applications and supporting documentation (two references, receiving institute acceptance) are only accepted via the online application system.

 

Please read the FAQs and the Long-Term Fellowships guidelines before applying. Please also see the preview of the online application form.

 

There are NO APPLICATION DEADLINES for EMBO Long-Term Fellowships. 

 

No application can be completed without all the information required, including the two reference letters and the acceptance letter from the receiving institute.

 

The date (according to Central European (Summer) Time (CET)) in which the candidates confirm that their application is complete is the reference date for eligibility and evaluation.

 

There are TWO ANNUAL EVALUATION DEADLINES for EMBO Long-Term Fellowships:

 

Second Friday of February, 2 PM Central European Time: First evaluation deadline. Complete applications up to this deadline will enter the evaluation process. Results for this round will be announced at the end of May or beginning of June.

 

Second Friday of August, 2 PM Central European Summer Time: Second evaluation deadline. Complete applications up to this deadline will enter the evaluation process. Results for this round will be announced at the end of November or beginning of December.

 

***Please note***: Registration for an EMBO online application account is not sufficient to enter the corresponding evaluation round. An application is only regarded as complete once all the required information is submitted AND the candidate confirms completion. Applications completed after 14:00 CET on the day of the deadline will enter the next evaluation round. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.

 

Selection

 

All applications are examined at the EMBO Fellowships Office to ensure that they are complete and eligible.

 

All eligible applications are then sent to the Fellowship Committee for pre-screening and twice the number of available fellowships is selected for an interview. During the pre-screening, the Committee reviews a condensed application form, which includes a summary of the applicant’s main scientific achievements along with the three most important publications, summary and biological significance of the proposed work, justification for choice of the host lab, as well as reference and acceptance letters.

 

For applicants who successfully passed the pre-screening, an interviewer, who is an expert in the area of the application, will be selected from among the EMBO Members and EMBO Young Investigators. When it is not possible to arrange a personal or video interview, the candidate's application is sent for written evaluation.

 

All applications are then evaluated by the EMBO Fellowship Committee based on:

  • Previous scientific achievements of the applicant
  • Novelty and biological significance of proposed research
  • Appropriateness of the host laboratory for the proposed research and training of the applicant.

The Fellowship Committee then meets to take the final funding decisions. Typically the outcome of the selection is known between 14-16 weeks after the evaluation deadline and is provided on the EMBO website shortly after the committee meeting.

 

Please read the Long-Term Fellowships guidelines for further details.


Note the following when submitting your EMBO Long-Term Fellowship application:
Interviews normally take place within 6-10 weeks of the evaluation deadline. The interview may take place outside the applicant's country of residence; therefore, applicants must have a valid passport. Candidates may be requested to give a seminar as part of the interview procedure. The interview should take place at the interviewer's convenience and the applicant is responsible for contacting the interviewer.

 

Interview travel expenses will be reimbursed by EMBO. A claim form will be issued and together with receipts has to be returned to the EMBO Fellowship office.

 

Candidates are expected to travel by second-class rail for journeys of up to 8 hours. Otherwise or in case this is less expensive, travel by economy class air will be refunded. Subsistence and accommodation expenses are refunded up to the EMBO standard daily rate.

 

Research Integrity

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

 

FAQs

What is the scientific scope of EMBO?

EMBO funds basic research in the (molecular) life sciences. Information on the EMBO subject areas is available on our website at: http://www.embo.org/about-embo/subject-areas Please contact the office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if in doubt whether your proposal falls within our scope.

 

Are there any age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions. 

 

My nationality is from a Non-EMBC Member State, can I apply for an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship?

Yes, but only if you apply to go to a host lab in one of the EMBC Member States.

 

My nationality is from an EMBC Associate Member State, can I apply for an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship?

Yes, but only if you apply to go to a host lab in one of the EMBC Member States or Associate member State.

 

My nationality is from a Non-EMBC Member State but I had my PhD from an EMBC Member State, can I apply for an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship in a Non-Member State?

No, Non-EMBC nationals with a PhD from an EMBC Member State are not eligible for a fellowship in a Non-Member State.

 

My nationality/one of my nationalities is from an EMBC Member State but I have studied and did my PhD in a Non-EMBC Member State, can I apply for an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship in another Non-Member State?

No, applicants need to be EMBC Member State nationals and need to have performed their PhD within one of the EMBC Member States in order to be eligible to apply for the fellowship to work in a Non-Member State.

 

Which are the EMBC Member States?

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom.

 

Which are the EMBC Associate Member States?

India, Singapore

 

I have a medical degree (M.D.). Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship provided you have appropriate research experience, i.e. comparable to a PhD. Please contact the fellowship office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) prior to submission.

 

I received my PhD degree officially from Spain but spent the entirety of my PhD working in Germany. May I apply to go to a lab in Spain?

Yes, if you can clearly show that you spent the full duration working in Germany then you are eligible to apply to go to Spain.

 

I received my PhD degree officially from Spain but spent the entirety of my PhD working in Germany. May I apply to go to a lab in Germany?

No. Germany would be considered as the country you normally work in and therefore continuing to work in Germany would violate the mobility requirement.

 

I have performed my PhD in more than one country. I worked in both France and Belgium during my PhD, am I eligible to apply for an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship in France or Belgium?

Please contact the office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to determine your eligibility.

 

Can I move from one laboratory to another within the same country? 

OR

I am already working in a country different from where I obtained my PhD but I am not carrying out research currently. Can I apply to work in a laboratory in this country?

Only in case you have not been working in the host country for more than six months prior to joining the host laboratory.

 

I worked in the host country for 14 months after my PhD, then for 2 months in another country. Can I apply for the fellowship to go back to the host country?

No, your application will not be considered.

 

Can I apply more than once for an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship?

Reapplication is allowed once irrespective of a change of project or host laboratory. You can apply two times in total, provided that all eligibility criteria are met each time. A submission is counted as an application once receipt has been acknowledged and a reference number (ALTF number) has been assigned after the evaluation deadline.

 

Can I apply for other fellowships at the same time as I apply for the EMBO Long-Term Fellowship?

Yes, but as soon as you accept another fellowship you need to inform the EMBO Fellowship Office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Please mention any other fellowship you are applying or planning to apply for in the online application form. This information is important to us for statistical purposes and has no influence on the evaluation process.

 

I have collaborated with the host supervisor before and we have co-published. Am I eligible to apply?

Please contact the office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to determine your eligibility.

 

Can I apply with a project that involves collaboration between several labs?

In the application you can only have one official host lab and one official host supervisor. You can apply with a research proposal that requires collaboration with other laboratories but you have to choose one main supervisor. You should describe the planned collaboration(s) within the research proposal. 

 

Is it possible to add figures or tables in my application?

No, neither figures nor any special formatting is possible in the application system.

 

My application has been rejected at the pre-screening stage. Can I receive feedback?

At the prescreening stage we do not have comments from the committee and therefore cannot provide individual feedback.

 

Are journal impact factors or journal name taken into account when evaluating applications?

Journal impact factors are not used in the evaluation and selection of applications. EMBO encourages evaluation of the quality of the scientific work and its impact on the field, rather than the journal in which it was published.

 

What are my chances of success?

We receive on average 800 applications per evaluation deadline. The success rate is around 15%. 

 

Do I have to pay tax on my fellowship?

We cannot advise on respective national tax regulations and we strongly recommend fellows to contact the relevant authorities in the host country.

 

Can I work on a stipend at the receiving institute? 

Some institutions/countries require all their fellows to work on contracts. Please find out with your future supervisor whether this is the case and what are the conditions before you apply. Please contact us in case a work contract is required.

 

Does the EMBO Long-Term fellowship cover bench fees, overheads, funds for consumables or any other financial benefits to the host supervisor/the receiving institute?

The EMBO Long-Term Fellowship does not provide any of the above.

 

Does the EMBO Long-Term fellowship provide travel allowances to its fellows to attend meetings, conferences or workshops?

EMBO does not offer any travel grants for fellowship holders.

 

Can I contact current EMBO Fellows or alumni?

Due to data protection issues we cannot give out contact details of EMBO fellows. Successful applicants are listed in the annual EMBO Facts & Figures which is available on our website at:

www.embo.org/news/reports-brochures

 

Fellowships

 

Young scientists actively seek EMBO Long-Term Fellowships for postdoctoral research to fund and support their internationally mobile careers. Hundreds of scientists also benefit each year from EMBO Short-Term Fellowships, returning to their home laboratories with new skills as well as contacts for future collaborations.

 

EMBO Members and EMBO Young Investigators rigorously review all applications to EMBO Fellowships for their scientific potential. A core programme since the 1960s, EMBO Fellowships has benefited thousands of early career scientists.

Contact

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Michele GarfinkelMichele Garfinkel
Programme Manager
T. +49 6221 8891 552

 

Alessandra BendiscioliSandra Bendiscioli
Programme Officer
T. + 49 6221 8891 119

 

Helen SitarHelen Sitar
Programme Officer
T. + 49 6221 8891 106