Theory researchers are invited to submit an application for a
Theory@EMBL Visitor/Sabbatical Programme fellowship

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Scope of the programme

The visitor/sabbatical programme is part of a wider EMBL activity (Theory@EMBL) that aims to promote theory-based approaches across EMBL. This includes strengthening existing data-driven and modelling activities, but – importantly – also taking a leap forward and putting emphasis on conceptual theory (deductive approaches, ‘Figure 1 theory’)*.

The programme offers researchers working on theoretical and mathematical modelling aspects of biology the opportunity to apply for financial and organisational support for visits to any of EMBL’s sites. The goal of the programme is to support the initiation or deepening of scientific collaborations, and to connect theory-oriented researchers with cutting-edge molecular biology research, new experiments, data, and experimental research groups.

Several fellowships will be awarded each year for researchers to undertake a visit to one of EMBL’s sites for an expected duration of up to six months. Funding is provided for travel to EMBL (according to defined travel caps based on the country of the researcher’s home institute) and includes costs for required visas and for accommodation (if available, in an EMBL guesthouse; otherwise, support for finding housing and financial support towards rental costs is provided).

*More information about Theory@EMBL is available on the following website (coming soon).


Researchers (PIs, postdoctoral fellows, staff scientists) are encouraged to apply for a Theory@EMBL Visitor/Sabbatical Programme fellowship. Applicants are expected to hold a PhD or an equivalent qualification. There are no restrictions on age, gender, scientific background or country of origin.

The researcher must remain in employment at their home institution for the duration of the visit.

How to apply

Applications must be developed based on mutual agreement with at least one EMBL group or team leader acting as a local host.

Applications should present ideas for potential new collaborations or plans to deepen existing contacts. Projects that link to multiple EMBL groups are highly encouraged.

Applications can be submitted for deadlines set every three months (2020 deadlines are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December 2020).

To submit your application, please download the application form and send the completed document, including your CV, to the Visitor Programme.


Do you still have questions after reading through the application guidelines? Get in touch with us.

Administrative support: Visitor Programme
Theory@EMBL working group: Theory@EMBL Working Group
Theory@EMBL working group chairs: Alexander Aulehla, Wolfgang Huber, Virginie Uhlmann