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Short-Term Fellowships


NOTICE: Eligibility criteria for EMBO Short-Term Fellowships will soon change. New rules will be applicable to proposals submitted on 1 October 2016 or later.




Short-Term Fellowships fund research visits of up to three months to laboratories in Europe and elsewhere in the world. 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.



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.



Applications are refereed by EMBO Members or Young Investigators expert in the area of the research project through a written evaluation.


The reviewers are asked to judge the quality of the candidate, the research project and the receiving laboratory, but the major criterion is the projected benefit to the home laboratory of the applicant.


As soon as a decision is reached, normally within three to four months from submission of a complete application, applicants are informed promptly.



Duration of support

Short-Term Fellowships are intended for visits of 1 week up to 3 months. For applicants from laboratories outside the EMBC Member States the duration is fixed to 90 days.


Travel costs and stipend

The fellowships cover travel plus subsistence of the fellow but not of any dependents. The subsistence rate depends on the country being visited.


End of fellowship report

Please note! Your Application Short-Term Fellowship (ASTF) number and your current address MUST be included on your end report.


It is requested that you send your end report as soon as convenient after completion of your fellowship to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. e-mail address.

The end report should be a minimum of one double-sided A4 sheet, detailing your research objectives, results and further work to be undertaken. Diagrams, charts or illustrations may be included in the report.


The EMBO Fellowship Office will send an acknowledgement of receipt. This will include a certificate stating the date, place and duration of your fellowship, your ASTF number and project title.


Applications accepted throughout the year


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David del Álamo Rodríguez

David del Álamo Rodríguez
 Programme Manager
 T. + 49 6221 8891 122



Inga Strazda

Inga Strazda
Long-Term Fellowships Administrator
T. + 49 6221 8891 561


Zsuzsanna O'Donoghue

Zsuzsanna O'Donoghue
Short-Term Fellowships Administrator
T. + 49 6221 8891 115


Benardine Ngu

Benardine Ngu
Finance & Fellowships Administrator
T. + 49 6221 8891 107


Larisa Bulgatova

Larisa Bulgatova
Fellowships Administrator
T. + 49 6221 8891 551