Applications are invited for the EMBO Long-Term Fellowships in Europe. EMBO programmes and activities are funded by the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC). The EMBC, founded in 1969, is an inter-governmental organization that comprises 29 Member States. EMBO and EMBC also cooperate with countries and organizations beyond Europe to foster interactions with scientific communities elsewhere. The major goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a European research environment where scientists can achieve their best work. The EMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key feature in the application process.
While applications are accepted throughout the year, there are two evaluation periods every year. The evaluation committee meets in May and November.  Any complete applications received by second Friday of February, 2 pm CET will be evaluated in their spring meeting, with interviews conducted in April. Applications received by second Friday of August, 2 pm CEST, will be evaluated in their autumn meeting, with interviews in October.  Outcomes will be announced in June and December.

Host Organisation:
  •  European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC)
Course Level:
  • PhD
Course Duration:
  • Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 24 months but the Fellowship Committee may also award a shorter period than requested.

Please note: The minimum fellowship duration that can be requested is 12 months.

Financial Support and Benefits:
  • Stipend
    • The stipend is a subsistence allowance and is intended to cover the cost of living in the host country.
  • Dependent child allowance
    • EMBO Fellows are entitled to receive an additional allowance for dependent children under the age of 18. The value of the allowance depends on the country being visited.
  • Childcare allowance
    • For children under the age of six, fellows can claim support for incurred child-care costs up to the amount of €2.500 per year and per child. The corresponding amount is prorated according to the fraction of the year in which child-care expenses occurred.
  • Travel allowance
    • The travel allowance is intended to cover travel costs up to the amount of €5.000 for the fellow and his/her family to and from the receiving institute. The travel allowance further includes half a month’s stipend to contribute to relocation costs.
  • Parental leave
    • Fellows whose children were born during their fellowship are entitled to 3  months paid parental leave.
  • Private Pension Scheme
    • Participation in the scheme is open to all EMBO Long-Term Fellows. The scheme is administered by MLP and Barmenia manages the pension funds. The plan offers a benefit package that optimally suits the needs of highly mobile scientists.The scheme is a proper pension scheme and not any other type of financial product (life insurance, investment account, etc.).The scheme is transferable to another country, at minimum within Europe.
  • EMBO Fellows’ Meeting
    • At the end of the fellowship, fellows are invited to the Fellows’ Meeting.
  • Laboratory Leadership Courses
    • EMBO Long-Term Fellows are offered to attend a Laboratory Leadership Course for postdocs in Heidelberg free of charge at the end of their fellowship.
Eligibility Criteria:

Main eligibility criteria for EMBO Long-Term Fellowships in Europe is given below :

  • Applicants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent at the start of the fellowship.
  • Applicants who already hold a PhDdegree at the time of application are eligible to apply only if they passed their PhD exam in the two years prior to the date of application.
  • Applicants must have at least one first author publication accepted in or published in an international peer reviewed journal at the time of application.
  • All applications must involve movement between countries (detailed information about mobility requirements is listed in guidelines).
  • Applications to go to the country in which the PhD was obtained will not be considered.
  • Applications for a Long-Term Fellowship to be held in the laboratory, institute or department in which the candidate worked to obtain his or her PhD, or to work again with the candidate’s supervisor, no matter where the latter is located, will not be considered.
  • Candidates can start working at the host laboratory before the application deadline, but the time spent should not exceed six months at the date of application.
  • Candidates can only submit one application for one project at one host laboratory at each round of selection.
  • Reapplication is permissible only once.

For detailed eligibility criteria applicants should read the Long-Term Fellowships guidelines.

Selection Process:

All applications are examined at the EMBO Fellowships Office to ensure that they are complete and eligible.All eligible applications are then sent to the Fellowship Committee for pre-screening and twice the number of available fellowships is selected for an interview. During the pre-screening, the Committee reviews a condensed application form, which includes a summary of the applicant’s main scientific achievements along with the three most important publications, summary and biological significance of the proposed work, justification for choice of the host lab, as well as reference and acceptance letters.

Application Deadline:
  • Applications accepted throughout the year


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