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) Postdoctoral 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 Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Fellowships are designed to support researchers coming to Europe or moving within Europe.