15 October 2018


United Kingdom

(Paid Opportunity)


Training and inspiring the next scientific generation – EMBL’s tradition of excellence

As Europe’s only intergovernmental research organisation in the life sciences and as a leading laboratory in molecular biology, EMBL is dedicated to promoting excellence in the molecular life sciences throughout Europe. One of the best ways to achieve this goal is by inspiring and fostering talented young scientists to turn them into skilled and creative future leaders.

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The EMBL International PhD Programme is Europe’s ‘best in class’ PhD programme for the life sciences. 240 students from over 40 countries are carrying out PhD research at EMBL at any time. Every year we admit an average of 60 new students, who belong to the top science graduates in their countries. They are carefully selected from a large multi-national pool of applicants that reached over 1700 applications in 2012.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Cell Signalling and Differentiation
  • Cellular Organisation and Dynamics
  • Evolution
  • Gene Regulation, Chromatin and Epigenetics
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Metabolism and Metabolomics
  • Microbiology and Virology
  • Molecular Medicine and Disease Mechanisms
  • Neurobiology
  • Protein and Proteomics
  • RNA Regulation and Transcriptomics
  • Tissue and Systems Biology

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

from 3.5 to 4 years

The typical duration of a PhD thesis at EMBL is 3.5 to 4 years. EMBL predoctoral fellowships are initially awarded for 3.5 years, with the possibility of a half-year extension.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  •  Applicants must hold, or anticipate receiving before enrolment, a university degree that would formally qualify them to enter a PhD or equivalent programme in the country where the degree was obtained.
  • All applications need to be supported by a minimum of two academic reference letters and are evaluated solely on the basis of qualification and scientific potential.

    Selection advantage rules for PhD candidates who previously worked at EMBL:

  • Among the applicants with a ‘selection advantage’ only high potential applicants are eligible to be invited for interviews. They should preferably have a “rare background” (e.g. mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering) and should come from one of EMBL’s Member States.
  • In addition, the total number of invited candidates with a ‘selection advantage’ within a given round of recruitment should not exceed more than 10%. In order not to limit invitations of eligible external candidates, applications from candidates with a ‘selection advantage’ will be reviewed by the Graduate Committee at the application stage.
  • At the interview stage applicants with a ‘selection advantage’ must clear their Initial Admission Assessment (IAA) with a panel not representing the research unit where the ‘selection advantage’ was acquired.


Opportunity Cost

(Paid Opportunity)

  • The stipend is competitive by international standards and includes broad health care benefits and pension.

How to Apply

First Step: Fill in the application form from here.

Second Step: Attach the following documents to the application:

  1. CV
  2. Research Plan
  3. Motivation letter
  4. Post graduate study plan
  5. Supervision plan
  6. An application for approval of a third supervisor containing an explanation, when proposing three supervisors
  7. Signed notice of consent giving permission to check the authenticity of the documents provided with a copy of the passport
  8. If applicant has to pass a language test, the copy of the language test result must be attached to the application

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This Scholarship Published by:
Muhammad Adel/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Hager Abosedaira/ Egypt 
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