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Long-Term Fellowships

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Postdoctoral
Researchers to Participate in a Scientific Research Exchange Program

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Deadline Date:

08/09/19 2:00 PM CEST


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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International postdoctoral students and recent graduates to participate in scientific research exchange programs in eligible countries. These fellowships support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world.

Funding is intended for the fellow to pursue postdoctoral life science research in a laboratory located in a different country than where he or she earned their PhD. International exchange is a key feature in the application process.

The fellowship provides the travel costs for the fellow and his/her family. If the applicant is already at the receiving institute, travel is not paid. The stipend paid depends on the country being visited, other sources of income and number of children under 18 years of age.

EMBO subject areas include: Cell Cycle, Cell and Tissue Architecture, Cellular Metabolism, Chromatin and Transcription, Development, Differentiation and Death, Evolution and Ecology, Genome Stability and Dynamics, Genomic and Computational Biology, Immunology, Membranes and Transport, Microbiology, Virology and Pathogens, Molecular Medicine, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, Proteins and Biochemistry, RNA, Signal Transduction, Structural Biology and Biophysics, Systems Biology

Fellowship Benefits:

- Stipend
- Dependent child allowance
- Childcare allowance
- Travel allowance
- Parental leave
- Part-time work
- Private Pension Scheme
- EMBO Fellows’ Meeting
- Laboratory Leadership Courses

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159200

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

PhD Requirements:
- 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.
- Exceptions to this rule are made for applicants with prolonged career breaks due to parental leave and mandatory military/civil service in which case the time of the career break will not be counted. Additional exceptions might be made on a case-by-case basis for extraordinary personal circumstances, such as severe illness. The Fellowship Office can provide further information and must be contacted prior to submitting a claim for an exception.
- Candidates with a medical degree (M.D.) are eligible to apply for an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship provided they hold a PhD (MD-PhD programme) or have appropriate research experience that is comparable to a PhD. Please contact the EMBO Fellowship office prior to submission.

Publication Requirements:
Applicants must have at least one first (or joint first) author publication accepted in or published in an international peer reviewed journal at the time of application.

For more information on publication requirements, see the following link:

Mobility Requirements:
All applications must involve movement between countries. Please note that international laboratories such as EMBL are considered extraterritorial and hence movement, for example, from a university or institute in Germany to EMBL Heidelberg is permitted.

For more information on mobility requirements, please see the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

Please note that 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.

Applications and supporting documentation (two references, receiving institute acceptance) are only accepted via the online application system (see link below). Applications completed after 14:00 CET on the day of the deadline will enter the next evaluation round.

Outcomes will be announced in June and December.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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General Email:

Staff Contacts:
David del Álamo Rodríguez
Programme Manager
T. + 49 6221 8891 122

Inga Strazda
Long-Term and Advanced Fellowships Administrator
T. + 49 6221 8891 561

Ingrid Busby
Short-Term Fellowships Administrator
T. + 49 6221 8891 409

Benardine Ngu
Finance and Fellowships Administrator
T. + 49 6221 8891 107

Larisa Bulgatova
Fellowships Administrator
T. + 49 6221 8891 551

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.