5,000 Euros EMBO Scientific Exchange Scholarships – United Kingdom 2023

Written by K Fisher on January 16, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    $5000 - $7000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Phone Number: +49 6221 8891 112

EMBO Scientific Exchange Scholarship 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. These scholarships are not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same country. The scholarship is intended for joint research work rather than consultations.

The origins of EMBO date back to 1963, when a group of leading European biologists gathered in Ravello, Italy. They came together to discuss proposals by John Kendrew and Conrad Waddington to establish an organization and laboratory for cooperation in molecular biology. Both proposals were endorsed and in July 1964, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) was officially born.

Through the formation of the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) as a permanent intergovernmental body in 1969, EMBO was able to gain the necessary political support for its long-term projects. Fourteen governments joined the EMBC initially, providing the organization with stable funding and scientific independence.

EMBO is an organization of more than 1,800 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences in Europe and beyond. The major goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

EMBO helps young scientists to advance their research, promote their international reputations and ensure their mobility. Courses, workshops, lectures and EMBO Press publications disseminate the latest research and offer training in techniques to maintain high standards of excellence in research practice. EMBO helps to shape science policy by seeking input and feedback from our communities and by following closely the trends in science.

EMBO supports talented researchers, selected through impartial evaluation processes, to allow them to do great science. The wide scientific scope across the full range of life science research coupled with the broad geographical reach of more than 1,800 members and associate members – some of the best researchers in Europe and around the world – positions EMBO optimally to serve the life science community.



  • There must be a CV of the candidate, and in particular research experience.
  • All applicants should understand the suitability of the host laboratory for the proposed work.
  • All applicants must respect the value of the exchange for the laboratories involved (collaboration, co-publication).
  • All applicants must show quality of the project to be developed in the host laboratory (novelty, feasibility).
  • Applicants must be active researchers at any stage in their career with a minimum of one year of research experience at the PhD-student level.
  • EMBO Scientific Exchange are awarded for research exchanges between laboratories in EMBC Member States, Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners. EMBO Short-Term Fellowships are not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same country.
  • Only in exceptional cases will EMBO Scientific Exchange will be awarded for research visits outside the countries listed above. For such cases, it is essential that a justification be provided why there is no appropriate expertise or technology in EMBC Member States, Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners.
  • Applications from outside EMBC Member States, Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners will not be considered.
  • Applications for the exclusive purpose of training in a technique rather than as a component of a wider research project, will not be considered for funding.
  • 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 symposium will not be considered.

This is by far a science-only scholarship that will only be awarded to individuals who show promise and stride towards their own scientific excellence.



International students are readily welcomed as well as, domestic post-doctoral students. This is a scholarship that covers a huge research area within the scientific community.

To reach a post-doctoral level, students must first reach their masters degree. To help out there, students should look into what classes would be needed to apply for a masters degree, so they can eventually find their way to a Ph.D.


How to Apply

The only way to apply is through the website which is provided below. By using the link to access the application information, from there all students will need to register with the website.

Afterwards, a login and password will be given and from there the student can start to fill-out an application.


Reward – Extra Benefits

First off, the short-term fellowship scholarships are intended for visits of 1 week up to 3 months.

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

Up to 5,000 Euros will be granted to the individuals who are chosen to win this award.

Another extra benefit is that applicants can apply for a travel and registration fee waiver if they are from a select area.

Travel grants and registration fee waivers are available to attend EMBO Practical Courses and EMBO Workshops. The selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer. For questions regarding travel grants for a specific event, please contact the relevant organizer directly.

EMBO travel grants and registration fee waivers are allocated on the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted, with priority given to scientists from the countries listed below. Travel grants may be awarded to participants from anywhere else only after qualified applicants from priority countries have been considered. Priority is given to participants of any nationality working in laboratories in:

Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

Specific travel grants and fee waivers are allocated for participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

Applicants must justify the reasons for applying for a travel grant and/or a fee waiver when registering for an event.



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


Open Submission Window Time Frame

This scholarship has an open submission window time frame that entitles the entire year, since their is no selective deadline date available.



This is an annual scholarship that chooses multiple recipients per year.

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