European Molecular Biology Organization - EMBO Long-Term Fellowships

The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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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.


EMBO funds basic research in the (molecular) life sciences.

EMBO expects responsible conduct of research from its awardees. All the research activities carried out with the support of an EMBO Fellowship shall be in compliance with fundamental ethical and research integrity principles. In line with our commitment with these principles, we require all our Fellows to complete an online course on research integrity.

Duration of support

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.

Fellowships must be started within one calendar year from the relevant evaluation deadline.

NOTICE: 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.

About EMBO

EMBO stands for excellence in the life sciences.

EMBO is an organization of more than 1700 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences. 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.

EMBO helps young scientists to advance their research, promote their international reputations and ensure their mobility. Courses, workshops, conferences and EMBO Press publicationsdisseminate the latest research and offer training in techniques to maintain high standards of excellence in research practice. EMBO helps to shape science policy by seeking input and feedback from our community and by following closely the trends in science in Europe.

EMBO supports talented researchers, selected through impartial evaluation processes, to allow them to do great science. The wide scientific scope across the full range of life science researchcoupled with the broad geographical reach of more than 1700 members and associate members – some of the best researchers in Europe and around the world – positions EMBO optimally to serve Europe’s life science community.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Main eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent at the start of the fellowship.
  • Applicants who already hold a PhD degree 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.
  • There are no age restrictions.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:


The stipend is a subsistence allowance and is intended to cover the cost of living in the host country. The stipend rate depends on the country being visited and might be subject to taxation. We cannot advise on respective national tax regulations and we recommend fellows to contact the relevant authorities 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.

Please read the Long-Term Fellowships Guidelines for further details.

Parental leave

Fellows whose children were born during their fellowship are entitled to 3 months paid parental leave. Fellows who take parental leave during the fellowship may request an extension of their fellowship for a period of up to 3 months. This extension has to be requested by the host supervisor at the end of the fellowship. Parental leave has to begin within 6 months of the birth of a child. Fellows should inform the Fellowship Office of their intention to take parental leave.

Part-time work

For childcare reasons it is possible to work part-time during the fellowship.

Please note: The maximum fellowship duration (full-time plus part-time) must not exceed 36 months.

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.

During the fellowship period EMBO functions as the policyholder and the fellows’ contributions are directly deducted from the stipend. EMBO matches the fellows’ contributions up to €100 per month. After the fellowship ends the policy is transferred to the fellow.

In case a fellow voluntarily contributes to another pension scheme, EMBO will also match the fellows’ contributions up to €100 per month paid at the end of each year, provided that the following conditions are met:

  1. The scheme is a proper pension scheme and not any other type of financial product (life insurance, investment account, etc.).
  2. 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. This annual event brings fellows together in a friendly atmosphere to present their research, share experiences, and establish new collaborations and contacts. It is also an opportunity to meet the EMBO staff and give feedback and suggestions on the programme.

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. Please note that due to budget restrictions waivers are available only to a limited number of EMBO Long-Term Fellows, both previous and current. Places are granted on a strict first come, first served policy. Waiver is available only within five years of being awarded the fellowship and only if the fellowship is held for at least six months.

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