Applications for travel grants to the 2018 EMBL PhD Symposium are now open. 

Australian PhD students in the life sciences are eligible to apply for one of 10 travel grants of $2000 to attend the 20th EMBL PhD Symposium in Heidelberg, Germany, from 22 to 24 November, 2018.

You can apply for a travel grant online until midnight (AEST) on 15 August 2018.

About the symposium

The symposium is an annual event, organised by first-year PhD students at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. It brings together fellow students from around the world for a three-day series of talks by leading experts and by students themselves. It’s an opportunity to make connections with international scientists and get new insight into your own research direction.

This year’s theme is ‘Game Changers: Taking Life Sciences to the Next Level’. The symposium will depict a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches that bear great potential in explicitly defining and successfully resolving complex biological problems. The program includes networking opportunities, poster sessions and workshops with experts.

Find more information about the symposium and speakers here

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Frequently asked questions

How do I apply for a travel grant?

Students must complete this form and ensure a short letter of support is sent by their supervisor to by 15 August 2018.

Who is eligible to receive the travel grants?

The grants are open to students in almost any field – biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, informatics, engineering and molecular medicine – who are currently enrolled in a PhD program at an Australian university and have not yet submitted a thesis. Applications will be reviewed and ranked solely on the basis of qualification and scientific potential by the EMBL Australia Travel Grant selection committee.

What can the travel grant funds be used for?

Funds can be used for any reasonable and relevant expense related to your attendance at EMBL.

This may include but is not restricted to:

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Course fees or conference registration
  • Meals and general expenses

You will need to submit a report including your final budget with receipts/evidence to the Student Programs Coordinator via at EMBL Australia within six weeks of your return.

How will the grant be paid?

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 31 August 2018. 

Once the EMBL Australia Travel Grant Selection Committee has decided to fund an application, funds will be transferred upon confirmation of course/conference registration at least one month prior to the planned departure date stated in the application form. 

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