EMBL established the EMBL International PhD Programme in 1983 and has had the right to award its own PhD since 1997. The EMBL International PhD Programme is regarded as a model throughout Europe and the world. This success and our experience in the area of advanced training, as well as EMBL's internationality and its network of partners can benefit similar high quality European efforts for advanced training.

Programmes that support and benefit from EMBL's philosophy are considered on a case-by-case basis for inclusion as a 'Collaborative Training Programme'. They are in general modeled on the successful EMBL International PhD Programme, but are operated independently from EMBL.

The BioMalPar International PhD Programme funded through a FP6 Network of Excellence that started in 2004 is the first example of such a collaborative training programme.

The EviMalaR Programme (European Virtual Institute for Malaria Research) is an initiative from 42 partners in 33 institutes to form a Network of Excellence seeking to integrate European malaria research.