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Advanced Fellowships



EMBO Advanced Fellowships offer an additional two years of funding for EMBO Long-Term Fellows who can demonstrate exceptional progress during their current postdoctoral work. The advanced fellowship allows the awardees to complete their postdoctoral research in the host laboratory and to establish their own line of research.


Applicants must

  • be former or current EMBO Long-Term Fellows or EMBO Non-Stipendiary Fellows working in an EMBC Member State
  • still be working in the EMBO Long-Term Fellowship host laboratory
  • have worked in the host laboratory for at least 18 months at the time of the application deadline
  • have worked in the host laboratory for not more than 3 years at the time of the application deadline (career breaks due to parental leave will not be counted in the 3 years)
  • have either a high impact* first-author publication or manuscript submitted or close to submission resulting from their EMBO Long-Term Fellowship research

Reapplication is permissible if all eligibility criteria are still met.


*i.e. of high relevance to and beyond the respective scientific field


Applications and supporting documentation (pdf of publication/manuscript; letter of support from host supervisor and one additional reference) are only accepted via the online application system.

Fellows wishing to apply for an advanced fellowship should contact the fellowship office stating their ALTF number in order to obtain the link to the online application system ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).


There is one annual deadline for EMBO Advanced Fellowships.

The 2017 deadline for submission of complete applications (including references and an uploaded publication/manuscript) is Friday, 12 May 2017, 14:00 Central European Summer Time.


All applications are examined by the EMBO Fellowships Office to ensure that they are complete and eligible. Receipt of complete applications will be acknowledged via email within four weeks of the application deadline.


First round of evaluation: Pre-screening

During the pre-screening the EMBO Fellowship Committee will select up to 15 applications for a second round of evaluation. 

The pre-screening will focus on the scientific achievements of the applicant during his/her current postdoctoral work. The EMBO editors will contribute to the pre-screening by providing feedback on the uploaded publication/manuscript.
Applicants will be informed about the outcome of the prescreening by the end of August 2017.


Second round of evaluation

The selected applications will be sent for written evaluation to two EMBO Members or Young Investigators, who are experts in the area of the application. The evaluation will focus on the scientific quality and novelty of the research proposal, the track record of the applicant, and the promise for becoming an independent researcher.


Final decision

The EMBO Fellowship Committee will take the final funding decision based on:

  • Previous scientific achievements of the applicant with particular focus on the outcome of their postdoctoral work
  • Novelty and biological significance of proposed research taking into account the written evaluations
  • Promise of the applicant to become an independent researcher and support provided by the host supervisor

Up to 5 awards will be available annually. Applicants will be notified of the outcome at the beginning of December.


Successful applicants may start their fellowship from 1 January 2018.


Duration of support

Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to 24 months.

Fellowships must be started within one calendar year from the relevant closing date for applications.



The stipend is a subsistence allowance and is intended to cover the cost of living in the host country. The value of the stipend depends on the country where the host laboratory is located.


Laboratory start up grant

If a fellow starts an independent position at an institution located in an EMBC Member State within the fellowship tenure the remaining stipend, up to a maximum of 30,000 euro, can be spent at the fellows' discretion for any laboratory related costs.


Dependent child allowance

EMBO Advanced Fellows are entitled to receive an additional allowance for dependent children under the age of 18. The value of the allowance depends on the country being visited.


Childcare allowance

For children under the age of six, fellows can claim support for incurred childcare costs up to the amount of 2,500 euro per year and per child.


Parental leave

Fellows are entitled to 3 months paid parental leave during their fellowship. Fellows who take parental leave during the fellowship may request an extension of their fellowship for a period of up to 3 months. Parental leave has to be taken within 6 months of the birth of a child. Fellows should inform the Fellowship Office of their intention to take parental leave.


Part-time work

For childcare reasons it is possible to work part-time during the fellowship.

Please note: The maximum fellowship duration (full-time plus part-time) must not exceed 36 months.


Laboratory Management Courses

EMBO Advanced Fellows are entitled to attend a Laboratory Management Course for Postdocs, free of charge, or in case an independent position has been obtained fellows can attend a Laboratory Management Course for Group Leaders.