What is the scientific scope of EMBO?
EMBO funds basic research in the life sciences. Information on the EMBO subject areas is available on our website. Please contact the EMBO Fellowship Office ( ) if in doubt whether your proposal falls within our scope.
Are there any age restrictions?
There are no age restrictions.
I am not a national from an EMBC Member State. Can I apply for an EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship?
Yes, but only if you apply to go to a host lab in one of the EMBC Member States.
I am a national from an EMBC Associate Member State. Can I apply for an EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship?
Yes, but only if you apply to go to a host lab in one of the EMBC Member States or Associate member State.
I am not a national from an EMBC Member State, but I have a PhD from an institution in an EMBC Member State. Can I apply for an EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship in a Non-Member State?
No, you are not eligible.
My nationality/one of my nationalities is from an EMBC Member State, but I have studied and earned a PhD in a Non-EMBC Member State. Can I apply for an EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship in another Non-Member State?
No, applicants need to be EMBC Member State nationals and need to have a PhD from an institution 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, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom.
Which are the EMBC Associate Member States and countries/territories covered under a cooperation agreement?
India, Singapore, Chile and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan.
I have a medical degree (M.D.). Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, you are eligible to apply for an EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship provided you have appropriate research experience, i.e. comparable to PhD. Please contact the Fellowship Office () prior to submission.
I received my PhD officially from Spain, but spent the entirety of my working for this 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 officially from Spain but spent the entirety of my working for this 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 work for my PhD in more than one country. I worked in both France and Belgium. Am I eligible to apply for an EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship in France or Belgium?
Can I move from one laboratory to another within the same country?
You may do so only in case you have not been working in the host country for more than six months at the time the application is complete.
I worked in the host country for 14 months after completion of my PhD, then for two months in another country. Can I apply for an EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship to go back to the host country?
No, your application will not be considered.
Can I apply more than once for an EMBO Postdoctoral 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 has been assigned.
Can I apply for other fellowships at the same time as I apply for the EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship?
Yes, but as soon as you accept another fellowship you need to inform the EMBO Fellowship Office (). 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, but has no influence on the evaluation process and outcome.
I have collaborated with the host supervisor before and we have co-published. Am I eligible to apply?
Can I apply with a project that involves collaboration between several labs?
As an EMBO Postdoctoral Fellow, 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. Can I receive feedback?
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 and should not be mentioned in the publication list. 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 600 applications per evaluation deadline. The success rate is around 15%.
Do I have to pay tax on my EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship?
If you receive an EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship in an EMBC Member State, you will be working under an employment contract from your host institution. Taxes will be deducted from your salary according to national and local regulations. If your host institution is located outside EMBC Member States, you will receive a stipend from EMBO. Whether you will have to pay taxes on the stipend received or not depends on the destination country. In either case, EMBO cannot advise on national tax regulations and we strongly recommend fellows to contact the relevant authorities in the host country if they have any questions.
Can I work on a stipend at the receiving institute?
EMBO provides grants for the host institution to issue a contract in EMBC Member States. Working on a stipend is not a possibility in these countries.
Outside EMBC Member States, while some institutions/countries may require their fellows to work on contracts, EMBO will only provide a stipend. Please find out with your future supervisor what the conditions are before you apply. Please contact us in case you foresee any potential issues.
I am currently a holder of an EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship. Can I convert this stipend-based fellowship into a contract under the updated EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme?
No. EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships were introduced with the spring 2020 call. All previous awardees will keep receiving stipends as EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship holders.
Do EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships cover bench fees, overheads, funds for consumables or any other financial benefits to the host supervisor/the receiving institute?
EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships do not provide any of the above.
I am a postdoctoral fellow working in one of the EMBC Member States and I wish to take parental leave during my fellowship. Am I entitled to fellowship extension due to parental leave?
No, the fellowship will not be extended. The parental leave regulations of the host institute apply. Please contact your host institute for more details.
Do EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship provide travel allowances to its fellows to attend meetings, conferences or workshops?
EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships do not offer any travel grants for fellowship holders.
Can I contact current EMBO Fellows or alumni?
Due to data protection and privacy reasons, we cannot provide contact details of EMBO Fellows. Successful applicants are listed in the annual EMBO Facts & Figures brochure which is available on our website at