Although a geographically balanced set of selected network members is desirable, the primary selection criterion is scientific excellence. Additional aspects considered by the EMBO Global Investigator Network Committee are:
- Proposed research
- Group and research environment
- Financial and intellectual independence.
For a detailed list of selection criteria, download the application guidelines.
The selection process involves the following steps:
Pre-selection: The EMBO Global Investigator Network Committee selects a group of applicants for an online interview. The files of the shortlisted applicants are sent to an EMBO Member with expertise in the candidate’s area of research for a confidential review.
Interview: Pre-selected candidates attend an online interview with a subset of the Global Investigator Network Committee, where they deliver a presentation summarizing their current results, projects and future directions, followed by discussion.
Committee meeting: Following the interviews, the committee meets to make a final decision, and all candidates are informed by email of the outcome of their application.
In case of rejection, pre-selected candidates receive feedback from the committee on their written application and interview performance.