Funding Opportunities for Postdocs

Most postdoctoral fellows enter EMBL with external funding. Individual funding is obtainable from a number of international fellowship programmes, and in many cases also from the prospective fellows home country. This section summarizes some of the available fellowships.  For eligibility requirements and closing dates please visit the websites of the respective funding bodies.

We encourage you to also get in touch with EMBL's Grant Services for further information and advice.

Prestigous international fellowship programmes include:


European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Long-Term Fellowships

EMBO offers two year fellowships with a focus on international exchange. As such, movement between countries is a prerequisite of this biannual fellowship.


Human Frontiers Science Programme (HFSP)

HFSP offers three year fellowships designed to encourage early stage scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country. Fellows have the option of using the entire fellowship in the host country or may use the last year back in their home country.  The two types of fellowships on offer from HFSP are;

Long-Term Fellowships: These fellowships are designed to support applicants with a PhD in a biological discipline to enter into a different field of life sciences.

Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships: The focus of this fellowship is to support applicants with a PhD from outside the life sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences) who would like to make the transition into the life sciences.


Marie Curie Actions Individual Fellowships

There are multiple Marie Curie Fellowships designed to support the training and career development of researchers. The ones most relevant to experienced researchers wishing to pursue postdoctoral research at EMBL are:

1. Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships

This fellowship is intended for experienced researchers based in an EU Member State or Associated Country who would like to carry out a research project in an EU or Associated Country other the home country.

2. Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships

This fellowships is to support experienced researchers based in third countries who would like to conduct postdoctoral research in Europe.