EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships with Salary in Europe

EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships support postdoctoral researchers who travel worldwide throughout Europe and other parts of the world. Award recipients can enroll in the EMBO Laboratory Leadership course and join the international community of EMBO Fellows. In order to enter into employment agreements with EMBO Fellows, host institutions in the EMBC Member States receive funding from EMBO. A stipend will be given to fellows working in nations other than EMBC member states.

Host CountryEMBC Member and the Associated Member States
Host InstituteVarious
Eligible NationalityInternational
Age LimitNo age restriction
Fellowship TypeFully Funded
BenefitsSalary, Child Care Allowance, Travel Allowance
Duration2 years
Closing DateApplications are accepted throughout the year
Summary of the EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships with Salary in Europe

Outstanding postdoctoral researchers from all over the world and in Europe are supported by EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships for up to two years. Mobility across borders is a crucial demand. A salary or stipend, a relocation allowance, and assistance for classmates with children are all included in the scholarship.

EMBO – Excellence in Life Sciences

More than 1,800 life scientists are members of the professional, nonprofit European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). Its objectives are to support life sciences research and make worldwide scientific collaboration possible. It publishes five scholarly journals, co-finances conferences, workshops, and training programs, and supports individual scientists. Being a founding member of the Initiative for Science in Europe, the organization was established in 1964.

EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships with Salary in Europe
EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships with Salary in Europe

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Benefits of EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships

EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships offer a number of benefits to fellows. some of these are given here:

– Salary

The host institution receives funding from EMBO only to pay for the full-time employment contract that the recipient will receive from the host institution. These expenses consist of taxes, the awardee’s net wage, the employer’s social contributions, and the awardee’s social contributions. The grant rate varies according on the nation being visited.

– Childcare Allowance

Grants are provided by EMBO to host institutions in EMBC Member States so that EMBO Fellows can get work contracts. Fellows employed outside of EMBC Member States will be compensated with a stipend.

– Dependent Child Allowance

For dependent children under the age of 18, EMBO fellows are eligible to receive an additional allowance according to their country. For additional details, refer to the stipend rate sheet.

– Travel Allowance

Fellows may be eligible to receive reimbursement for childcare expenses up to 2,500 euros per kid and per fellowship year for children under the age of six.

– Parental leave

During their fellowship, fellows are eligible for three months of paid parental leave if their children are born. Parental leave must start no later than six months after the child is born. A fellowship extension for a commensurate duration is granted to fellows who take parental leave during their fellowship. At the conclusion of the fellowship, the host supervisor is required to request this extension.

– Long-term Sick Leave

Fellows who are unable to work for a lengthy period of time due to illness and who are compensated by the social security system of the host nation may request an EMBO fellowship extension at no additional expense. Before the fellowship expires, the host supervisor must seek the extension in writing to the EMBO Fellowship office.

Duration of EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships

Although requests for shorter terms are welcome, fellowships are given out for a 24-month period. Requests for fellowships must be made for a minimum of 12 months. Fellowships must begin within a year of the applicable evaluation deadline.


  • A PhD or its equivalent must be held by applicants at the beginning of the fellowship.
  • Those who already have a PhD at the time of application may only do so if they earned it within the two years previous to the deadline for submission.
  • At the time of submission, candidates must have at least one first-author paper approved for publication or published in an international peer-reviewed journal. Provided that the reviews were independently collected and verified, a first-author preprint accompanied by comprehensive peer reviews that are accessible to the public can likewise be considered eligible. Individually uploaded reviews, highlights, and informal remarks are not included. Please refer to the guidelines for more details.
  • Every application must entail international travel.
  • Applications for travel to the nation where the doctorate was earned will not be accepted.
  • Applications to return, either once or over numerous visits, to a laboratory where the candidate has worked for more than six months will not be accepted.
  • Applications to work again with the supervisor, wherever they may be located, or to be held in the laboratory, institute, or department where the candidate completed their doctorate will not be considered for an EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • Only those who have worked in the host laboratory for less than six months at the time of application submission are eligible to apply, even if they have already begun working there.
  • During each selection phase, candidates may only submit one application for a single project at a single host laboratory.
  • Reapplication is only allowed once.

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Documents/Material Required to Apply

Supporting documents include recipient institute’s acceptance letter and two reference letters. Remember that none of the reference letters may come from referees in the receiving institution, and that one reference letter must come from the PhD supervisor or PhD cosupervisor.
EMBO requires institutional email addresses, not private ones, to be used in the acceptance letter and reference letters from the receiving institute.


Applications are accepted throughout the year. The EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships do not have application deadlines, although there are two evaluation cutoff dates:

  • Second Friday of February, 2:00 PM Central European Time: Up until this point, applications will be considered for the spring selection round. The beginning of June will see the announcement of the round’s results.
  • Second Friday of July,, 2:00 PM Central European Summer Time: Submissions received by this deadline will be considered for the Autumn Selection Round. The beginning of December will see the announcement of the round’s results.

Application Procedure

The EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships online application process will be accessible all year round, but due to technical and maintenance issues, there could be brief system closures following each selection deadline. Additionally, there might be sporadic outages at any time. During the application process, candidates need to be aware of these possible problems.

To apply online, candidates must create an EMBO account. To register, go here and follow the instructions. You can begin an application as soon as you receive the email with the login credentials for the account.

No special formatting is permitted, and applications must be submitted in English. In the same way, tables and figures cannot be added to the program. Please use the EMBO online application system to submit your application and any supporting materials.

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To be eligible for the appropriate evaluation round, one must register for an EMBO online application account. Only after all necessary data has been submitted and the candidate certifies completion is an application considered complete. On the day of the evaluation deadline, applications that are completed after 14:00 CE(S)T will be considered for the next evaluation round.

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