Train at one of EMBL’s five European facilities, go to a conference or take a short course.

EMBL Australia is passionate about supporting young scientists through their training and into a research career. 

This year, EMBL Australia will sponsor seven of the best PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in Australia to train at the prestigious European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

With an EMBL Australia travel grant, you could take a short course, attend a conference or work alongside some of the world’s best young researchers at EMBL’s five facilities: in Heidelberg and Hamburg in Germany; Grenoble in France; Hinxton in Cambridgeshire, England; or Monterotondo in Rome, Italy.

EMBL offers short courses on a range of topics, including next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics. For a full list of upcoming events, visit:

Grant value: You can apply for financial support of up to $3,000 for a short visit of up to six weeks.

Closing date: Applications for the travel period 1 July to 31 December 2017 have now closed. Applications for travel in 2018 will open later this year.

To keep up-to-date on future opportunities, subscribe to our newsletter or follow EMBL Australia on Facebook or Twitter.

For enquiries, contact


Who can apply?

Any Australian postdoctoral fellow in their first three years of research or student who is enrolled in a PhD through an Australian university who:

  • Has completed their confirmation of candidature or is permitted to travel by their university
  • Has not exceed their maximum duration of candidature
  • Is not on intermission of candidature.

What activities are eligible?

Applicants must:

  • Attend conferences, symposia or one of the many short courses operated by the EMBL at the EMBL International Centre for Advanced Training (EICAT) in Heidelberg, Germany, or any EMBL location; and/or
  • Undertake training in the laboratories of one of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory five outstations located in Heidelberg (GER), Grenoble (FR), Hamburg (GER), Hinxton (Cambridge; UK) and Monterotondo (Rome; IT).

It is permissible to visit other institutions or attend other conferences either before or after attendance at EMBL.

It should be noted that tax exempt payments cannot be made to part-time students.

What disciplines can PhD students come from?

Students studying in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, informatics, engineering, molecular medicine are invited to apply.

Is there a limit to how many travel grants applicants can apply for?

You may only receive one travel grant per year.  But as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria you can apply more than once.

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 / 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?

Once the EMBL Australia Travel Grant Selection Committee has decided to fund an application, applicants will need to forward the following:

  • Confirmation of registration of their chosen EMBL activity
  • “Statement by a supplier” form that is required to be completed by the finance services division at Monash University.

Once these forms have been returned to EMBL Australia, the grant will be sent as a cheque, at least one month before the planned departure date stated in the application form. 


For enquiries, contact

Back to Funding and grants