EMBO – Long-term Postdoc positions, Europe, all disciplines

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. 

*This may be up to three years if the receiving institute is in Singapore.

Main eligibility criteria:

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

Applications and supporting documentation (two references, receiving institute acceptance) are only accepted via the online application system. (Opens 6 weeks prior to the application deadline; 1 July for the 14 August deadline and 1 January for the 12 February deadline.)

Please read the helpful notes for applicants, the FAQs and the Long-Term Fellowships guidelinesbefore applying. Please also see the preview of the online application form.

All applications must be started before Monday, 10 August 2015, 14:00 Central European Summer Time. No new applications can be started after that.

The deadline for submission of complete applications (including references and receiving institute acceptance) is Friday, 14 August 2015, 14:00 Central European Summer Time.

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.

An interviewer, who is an expert in the area of the application, will be selected from among the EMBO Members and EMBO Young Investigators. When it is not possible to arrange a personal or video interview, the candidate’s application is sent for written evaluation.

All applications are then evaluated by the EMBO Fellowship Committee based on:

The Fellowship Committee then meets to take the final funding decisions. Typically the outcome of the selection is known between 14-16 weeks after the closing date and is provided on the EMBO website shortly after the committee meeting.

Note the following when submitting your EMBO Long-Term Fellowship application:

Interviews normally take place within 6-10 weeks of the closing date for applications. The interview may take place outside the applicant’s country of residence; therefore, applicants must have a valid passport. Candidates may be requested to give a seminar as part of the interview procedure. The interview should take place at the interviewer’s convenience and the applicant is responsible for contacting the interviewer.

Interview travel expenses will be reimbursed by EMBO. A claim form will be issued and together with receipts has to be returned to the EMBO Fellowship office.

Candidates are expected to travel by second-class rail for journeys of up to 8 hours. Otherwise or in case this is less expensive, travel by economy class air will be refunded. Subsistence and accommodation expenses are refunded up to the EMBO standard daily rate.

Duration of support
Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 24 months*, depending on a positive interim request from the host supervisor.

It is possible to apply when the applicant has already started at the receiving institute. However, the maximum time for a combination of previous support and EMBO funding is 36 months in case the laboratory is within an EMBC Member state and 24 months if in a non EMBC Member state. (Please note that the minimum fellowship duration that can be requested is 12 months and that about five months are required to process the application.) E.g. if an applicant has already been at the receiving institute for 12 months at the start of the EMBO Fellowship the applicant will only be eligible for a further 12 months funding in a non-member state (24 months in total) and 24 months in a member state (36 months in total).

Fellowships must be started within one calendar year from the relevant closing date for applications.

*With the exception of the host laboratory being in Singapore in which case the maximum duration is 36 months.


The stipend is a subsistence allowance and is intended to cover the cost of living in the host country. The value of the stipend depends on the country being visited.

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.

Child care 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.

Healthcare subsidy

Fellows awarded in 2015 under the COFUND grant PCOFUND-GA-2013-609409 will receive a subsidy towards health care costs of €600 annually.

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 note:

  • If the applicant is already at the receiving institute at the time of application or has been working at the receiving institute/host laboratory for more than 6 months at the start of the fellowship, the travel allowance will not be paid.
  • In the event of early termination of the fellowship, any payments made after the date of termination will have to be repaid.
  • If the fellowship is terminated within 6 months the entire travel allowance will have to be returned.
  • If the fellowship is terminated between 6 and 12 months half of the travel allowance will have to be repaid.

 Parental leave
Fellows are entitled to 3 months paid parental leave during their fellowship. 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 be taken 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 child-care 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.

 EMBO Private Pension Scheme

Participation in the scheme is open to all EMBO Long-Term Fellows. The scheme is administered by MLP and pension funds are managed by Allianz. 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 euros per month. After the fellowship ends the policy is transferred to the fellow.

In case a fellow already voluntarily contributes to another pension scheme, the EMBO might be able to contribute towards the existing scheme.

 EMBO FellowsNet

All fellows can join the EMBO fellows’ network. The fellowsNet is the web-based portal where the fellows, scientists who have benefited from funding and support for post-doctoral research from EMBO Long-Term Fellowships, can stay connected with the EMBO community.

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, establish new collaborations and contacts. It is also an opportunity to meet the EMBO staff and give feedback and suggestions on the programme.

Laboratory Management Courses

EMBO Long-Term Fellows are entitled to attend a Laboratory Management Course for postdocs free of charge at the end of their fellowship. This course fee waiver is subject to a minimum fellowship duration of six months and the laboratory management course has to be taken within five years of being awarded the fellowship.