Information for applicants: EMBL does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interviews, processing, training or any other fees). EMBL will not ask for any bank details.
We welcome applications from highly qualified students of all nationalities. Applicants must hold, or anticipate receiving before starting at EMBL, 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.
PhD candidates with prior EMBL association
Candidates who have previously been associated with EMBL are welcome to apply. To ensure equal treatment of all applicants to the EIPP, candidates with prior EMBL association will be specifically reviewed by the Graduate Committee.
they have been associated with EMBL within the 12 months before the application deadline.
they have been associated with EMBL during any time of the predoctoral recruitment procedure (from the application deadline until the date of the Initial Admission Assessment)
Invitations will be sent to the successful candidates via email, who will be asked to join Slack for further communication.
Referees must submit their online references by , CEST. We strongly suggest that you complete the ‘general info’ and ‘references’ part of the online application first to give your referees enough time to complete the reference online. Furthermore, please make sure to contact your referees before completing this part to find out if they are available and willing to provide a reference. It is your responsibility to ensure that references reach us on time.
You can submit your application irrespective of whether your referees have completed the online reference form. Your referees can access the online form after you have submitted and until the given deadline.
Shared Applicant Pool
The EMBL International PhD Programme receives far more applications from very good candidates than we can invite for interview. Applicants who are not short-listed, and have indicated that we can share their application, become part of our shared applicant pool. Applications will be added into the pool twice a year – in December and June.
Yes. However, applicants must hold, or anticipate receiving before starting at EMBL (October of any given year), a university degree that would formally qualify them to enter a PhD or equivalent programme in the country where the degree was obtained.
Yes, we welcome applications from all nationalities. Please note that as a general rule priority will be given to member state applicants, if equally qualified.
All applications are evaluated on basis of qualification and scientific potential. All invited candidates must successfully pass the interview procedure in order to be eligible.
No. We do not require any, but would like to point out that proficiency in English, both written and verbal, is a prerequisite to enter the EMBL International PhD Programme.
The online application contains the following steps:1) You need to create an account to access the online application form. 2) Complete the application form.3) Submit the completed application form latest by the application deadline.
After submission you will still be able to amend the information until the application deadline. Please make sure to save and resubmit after you have changed any fields.
No. Please fill in the requested information into the fields of the application form. All applications are evaluated according to this information. Please do not upload CVs, recommendation letters, course certificates, language school certificates etc, as they will not be considered and will be removed from your application. Uploaded CVs do not replace missing information within the online application form.