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EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowships





EMBO partnered with the European Association for Bioindustries (EuropaBio) to offer four one-off EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowships that fund exchanges between laboratories in eligible countries lasting between one week (7 days) and six months (180 days), in the research areas of Systems Biology and Genomic & Computational Biology.


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 were not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same country. The EMBO | EuropaBio Fellowships were intended for joint research work rather than consultations. The fellowships contributed towards travel plus subsistence of the fellow only and not of dependents.


Applications closed 31 December 2017.





Bálint Mészáros, traveling from the laboratory of Zsuzsanna Dosztanyi in Budapest, Hungary to the laboratory of Toby Gibson in Heidelberg, Germany.

Title of the project: MIMIC: Mapping integrin mediated interactions.

Subject areas: Genomic and Computational Biology, Structural Biology and Biophysics.


Ondřej Mikula, traveling from the laboratory of Josef Bryja in Praha, Czech Republic to the laboratory of Daniel Falush in Bath, UK.

Title of the project: History of speciation and admixture in Ethiopian rodents.

Subject areas: Genomic and Computational Biology, Evolution and Ecology.


Regis Correa, visiting professor traveling from the laboratory of Santiago Elena in Valencia, Spain to the laboratory of David Baulcombe in Cambridge, UK.

Title of the project: The role of plant virus-acquired adaptations on host epigenetic responses: a systems biology integrative view.

Subject areas: Systems Biology, Plant Biology, Chromatin and Transcription.


Sarah Aitken, traveling from the laboratory of Duncan Odom in Cambridge, United Kingdom to the laboratory of Nuria Lopez-Bigas in Barcelona, Spain.

Title of the project: An integrated genomic and epigenomic analysis of Ctcf hemizygosity in physiology and chemical carcinogenesis.

Subject areas: Genomic and Computational Biology, Molecular Medicine, Chromatin and Transcription.




  • 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.




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.




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.




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.