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

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08/10/18 2:00 PM CET


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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: 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.

- 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 that 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 (see: 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.

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.

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

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.

EMBO will not consider the following types of publications:

- Papers submitted or in preparation not yet accessible to the community,
- Review articles and patent applications,
- Abstracts of presentations at conferences,
- Publication updates after application.

EMBO will consider papers published on preprint servers (arXiv, BioRxiv, PeerJ., etc), but a first-author publication in an international peer-reviewed journal is still a requirement.

Do not indicate the journal impact factor. EMBO is a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA,, which recommends “not to use journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles, to assess an individual scientist’s contributions, or in hiring, promotion, or funding decisions”.

Publication updates after the application is complete are not allowed without re-opening the application.

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.

a) Applications to work in an EMBC Member State: Applicants, regardless of their nationality or the country in which they obtained their PhD, can apply for an EMBO LongTerm Fellowship to work in any EMBC Member State provided there is international mobility (see list of EMBC Member States below).

b) Applications to work in an EMBC Associate Member State or EMBC Cooperation Partner: Applicants who wish to work in an EMBC Associate Member State or EMBC Cooperation Partner are eligible if they move from, are nationals of and have performed their PhD in an EMBC Member State or, an EMBC Associate Member State or, an EMBC Cooperation Partner.

c) Applications to work in a Non-EMBC Member State: Applicants must move from an EMBC Member State, must be nationals of an EMBC Member State and must have performed their PhD in one of the EMBC Member States. A maximum of 30% of fellowships are awarded in this category.

- Please note: Applications to move from one laboratory to another in the same country are eligible if the applicant has been working less than six months in the country at the time the application is complete. Similarly, candidates can apply if they have already started working in the host laboratory, but only if they have been working there for less than six months at the time the application is complete.
- 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.

Eligible Countries:

- EMBC Member states: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom

- EMBC Associate Member States: India, Singapore

Additional Information:
- Research proposals must be within EMBO’s scientific scope (EMBO subject areas are listed in the Description above).
- 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.
- Re-application is permitted only once, irrespective of a change of project or change of host lab. Candidates can reapply for the next round of selection while a decision is being made on their first application, but they should re-apply only if they will not be eligible after the decision on the first one is made.
- Applicants, who have collaborated with the host supervisor before and have co-published, are asked to contact the EMBO Fellowship Office to determine their eligibility.
- Applications to work in an industrial research laboratory with the intention to develop new commercial products or procedures will not be considered. However, applications to work in research centres for basic research that are endowed by for-profit organizations are eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

There are no application deadlines for EMBO Long-Term Fellowships.

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.

Outcomes will be announced in June and December.

Applications and supporting documentation (two references, receiving institute acceptance) are only accepted via the online application system (see link below).

Helpful Links:

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Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to view the Fellowship guidelines, a list of the stipend rates, and to view a preview of the application.

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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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.