Global Lecture Courses

Funding for lecture courses for scientific exchange beyond European borders

The deadlines for applications are 1 March 2021 and 1 August 2021, 09:00 CET


EMBO Global Lecture Courses teach participants, primarily PhD students and post docs, by providing them with background in relevant and timely scientific topics. Underlying concepts of a particular field should be made accessible to participants with varying scientific backgrounds. In addition, the following aspects are considered by the EMBO Course Committee.

Scientific programme:

  • The programme should feature interesting and original topics, or a combination of topics, in breadth and depth.


  • The selected speakers should fully cover the proposed topic.
  • A minimum of 50% of the invited speakers should be based in EMBC Member States or in EMBC Associate Member States or from countries and territories covered by a co-operation agreement. Significant over-representation of certain states should be avoided.
  • Meetings held outside the European EMBC Member States should have a minimum of 33% of speakers based in Europe.
  • There should be a balance between leading researchers in the field and early-career researchers as speakers.
  • Neither men nor women should represent more than 70% of the speakers and there should be a geographic balance.
  • Speakers should be mostly confirmed at the time of the application.

Networking aspects:

  • Sufficient time should be dedicated to poster sessions, discussion groups, journal clubs, and informal activities.


  • The group of organizers must be scientifically and geographically diverse.


  • The location must be suitable for the planned meeting.

For a detailed list of selection criteria, refer to the application guidelines.

The selection process involves the following steps:

  • All applications are screened by the EMBO Office to ensure eligibility requirements are met.
  • Each application is assigned to and reviewed in depth by at least two members of the EMBO Course Committee.
  • The final decision on which proposals receive funding is made by the entire committee at meetings in May and October, respectively.
  • All applicants are informed of the outcome of their application by email shortly after the committee meeting.