Young Investigator Programme

Supporting young group leaders in Europe and beyond

Application deadline: 1 April


Applications to the EMBO Young Investigator Programme are accepted annually in a two-stage process and must be submitted through an online system.

Application process:

  • The call for 2024 is now closed. The application round for 2025 will open in mid-January 2025.
  • Please download updated Application Guidelines (February 2024) from the Downloads side bar on the left.
  • For re-applicants: only two total applications to the Programme are possible (one re-application).
  • The Young Investigator Committee invites selected candidates to submit a full application and attend an interview.
  • The deadline for full applications is 17. July 2024.
  • All invited candidates will be virtually interviewed by the Young Investigator Committee in either on 12 or 13 of November 2024.
  • The final selection will be made at the Young Investigator Committee meeting.
  • All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by email.

The complete application for the Young Investigator Programme consists of:

  • CV
  • Synopsis of past work
  • Outline of the planned research project
  • Short summary of research
  • Publication list and list of three best papers
  • Three letters of reference
  • List of grants and pending grant applications
  • ORCID number

Applicants must not indicate the journal impact factor or any other metrics such as H-index, number of citations etc, in their application. EMBO is a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment ( DORA ), which recommends “not to use journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles, to assess an individual scientist’s contributions, or in hiring, promotion, or funding decisions”.