Short-Term Fellowships



The aim is to facilitate valuable collaborations with research groups applying techniques that are unavailable in the applicant’s laboratory. Short-Term Fellowships are not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same country. Short-Term Fellowships are intended for joint research work rather than consultations.

All applications should focus on the benefit to the home laboratory and involve movement between countries – one of which must be an EMBC Member State. (For applicants from a laboratory within a non-member state, the Short-Term Fellowships are for a fixed duration of 90 days). The fellowships cover travel plus subsistence of the fellow only and not of dependents.


  • Applicants should either be scientists who obtained their PhD degree (or equivalent) within the last 10 years or pre-doctoral scientists (PhD students). However, candidates with very little research experience will be given lower priority for funding.
  • Short-Term Fellowships are awarded for exchanges between two laboratories in different countries.
  • Either the home laboratory or the host laboratory must be within an EMBC Member State.
  • On completion of the fellowship applicants must return to their home laboratory for at least six months.
  • Applications, which are presented as a means of training in a technique rather than as a component of a research project, tend to receive lower priority from reviewers.

EMBO does not consider applications for Short-Term Fellowships to prolong visits begun under other auspices, or as bridging fellowships between, or prior to, long term stays funded by EMBO or other organizations. Applications for fellowships to attend courses, workshops, or symposia will not be considered.

To Apply

There is no deadline for applications, however it is recommended to apply three months before the proposed starting date.

Please note: Applications received or completed only after the start of the visit will not be considered.

The application process is handled via the online application system.

The Receiving Institute Acceptance Form and two confidential letters of reference (one from the current supervisor) must be sent to the EMBO Short-Term Fellowship office by post or email.

Please read the helpful notes for applicants and the Short-Term Fellowships guidelines for applicants before applying online.

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