EMBO Long-Term Fellowships 2021

EMBO Long-Term Fellowships

A leading organization in the life sciences, EMBO Long-Term Fellowships comprised of more than 1700 leading researchers. Among the objectives of the organization is to encourage the exchange of scientific information, support the development of talented scientists at all levels, and help create an environment in which European researchers can do their best work. For two years, postdoctoral scientists can apply for EMBO Long-Term Fellowships to travel around the world and study in Europe. In the application process, international exchange is an important component.

During an academic year, there is a high ratio of applications are throughout, but there are two evaluation periods. May and November are the dates set for meetings of the evaluation committee. All complete applications must be the second Friday of February, 2 pm CET, to evaluate at their meeting in April. By the second Friday in August, 2 pm CEST, evaluation of applications will be final, with interviews occurring in October. Announcing results will occur in June and December.


  • Allowance
    • A stipend is a subsistence allowance that pays for the cost of living in the host country.
  • Children’s allowance
    • Children younger than 18 years of age of EMBO Fellows will consider to receive an additional allowance. Each country’s allowance is different.
  • Allowance for childcare
    • The fellows are eligible to claim support for up to €2.500 annual child-care expenses for children under the age of 6. Based on how much child-care expenses were incurred during a given year, the corresponding amount is prorated.
  • Budget for travel
    • Fellows and their family members are eligible to receive a travel allowance up to a maximum amount of €5.000 per year. As a result, half a month’s stipend is available to contribute to relocation costs.
  • Leave for parents
    • Fellowship recipients who give birth while on fellowship are entitled to three months of paid parental leave.
  • Private Pension Plan
    • All Long-Term Fellows of EMBO are eligible to apply. In addition to MLP, Barmenia manages the pension funds. Benefits under this plan can accommodate the needs of a highly mobile scientist. The scheme is a pension scheme and not a financial product of any sort (life insurance, investment accounts, etc.). This plan is transferrable to another country within Europe.
  • Meeting of EMBO Fellows
    • In the final meeting of a fellowship, fellows receive the invitation.
  • Courses in Laboratory Leadership
    • At the end of their fellowship, EMBO Long-Term Fellows can avail themselves the opportunity to attend a training course in Lab Leadership in Heidelberg free of charge.

On the website, you will find additional information about Long-Term Fellowships.

 Criteria for Eligibility

  • The institute requires that applicants hold a doctorate or its equivalent before applying.
  • To apply, people already holding a Ph.D. degree must have passed their Ph.D. exam within two years before applying.
  • At the time of application, the applicant must have an accepted first-author publication in an international peer-reviewed journal.
  • Applicants must meet the mobility requirement (details are available in the guidelines).
  • There will be no consideration for Ph.D. applications from the country.
  • There will not be any consideration that applicants will get no Long-Term Fellowships who wish to work again in the same laboratory, institute, or department in which they complete their Ph.D., or with the same supervisor wherever they may be.
  • Although candidates can start working at the host laboratory before the application deadline, they should not spend more than six months there at the time of application.
  • For each round of selection, candidates can apply to one project at one host laboratory.
  • You may reapply only once.

Eligible Regions: Open for All

 Process of Application

Online applications are available through the provided link.