For current Young Investigators and Installation Grantees
Since its launch in 2000, the EMBO Young Investigator Programme (YIP) 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 summarized below. A more complete list, with details of the levels of support and how to apply for these, is provided in the programme guide (pdf).
- The programme offers both an annual EMBO Young Investigator meeting for all former and current programme members and more specialized meetings, allowing interaction between programme members.
- Networking funds support a wide range of other interactions between programme members – including 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. Additionally, programme members organizing a conference/course can receive sponsorship.
- Career development opportunities include the opportunity to choose an EMBO Member as your mentor and a free laboratory management course.
- The programme raises the profile of Young Investigators by offering EMBO Young Investigator Lecture Grants to programme members, who are invited as speakers at international conferences, and by including their details in the EMBO directory.
- Support is provided for your lab members – for example, through the annual YIP 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 the Young Investigators and Installation Grantees is also provided in the programme guide (pdf). For details of the payment mechanism (which varies from country to country) please contact the Young Investigator Programme office.
Upcoming events, deadlines, and other opportunities within the programme are included in the bi-monthly eNewsletter sent to programme members.
Young Investigator PhD Course
Organized by EMBO Young Investigators, this PhD course provides students working in the 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 to a lay-audience. Participants have the chance to 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.
The 2014 course will take place from 1 - 6 December 2014. The provisional programme, including an outline of each module of the course, can be downloaded from the "downloads section".
The deadline for applications to attend the course was 4 July 2014. The course is oversubscribed, we can therefore not accept any late-applications.
Please note, participants (or their labs) must cover their own travel costs. For advice on travel to Heidelberg please see travel to EMBO. EMBO covers course participation, accommodation and meals.
Young Investigator Meeting 2015
13-15 May 2015
The annual EMBO Young Investigator Meeting provides a forum for the members of the programme to network and exchange ideas. Young Investigators present their research and informal discussions give the opportunity to exchange ideas on scientific or general interest topics.
The official programme will start at lunch-time on Wednesday 13 May 2015 and finish late afternoon on Friday 15 May 2015. The meeting comprises of short talks from all attendees, science policy and publishing sessions, and a discussion of YIP programme activities.
All current and former EMBO Young Investigators and EMBO Installation Grantees are invited to participate, as well as EMBL group leaders. Registration will open in early 2015.
Reasonable travel expenses are covered for all members of the programme (please refer to the travel guidelines for Young Investigators). Accommodation will also be provided.
Participants should please book their own travel.
Find a Young Investigator
Please access the Young Investigator database to find a Young Investigator to invite as a speaker, or to find out more about their research.
EMBO chooses some of the best young group leaders in Europe, through a highly competitive annual selection to join the EMBO Young Investigator programme.
During their three-year tenure in the programme, EMBO Young Investigators receive a range of financial and practical benefits. These support them during a critical stage of their career, and help them realize their potential as world-class researchers.
A key aspect of the programme is networking. EMBO Young Investigators benefit from a vibrant and broad network of over 300 scientists, made up of current and former Young Investigators, and recipients of an EMBO Installation Grant.
Other initiatives such as EMBO Young Investigator Lecture Grants aim to raise the profile of the young group leaders.
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).
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