Apply now for travel in 2020.

Train at one of EMBL’s six 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. 

We are sponsoring 10 of the best PhD students in Australia to train overseas at the prestigious EMBL through our travel grants. Apply for a travel grant of up to $2000 here.

With an EMBL Australia travel grant, you could take a short course, attend a conference or work collaboratively alongside some of the world’s best researchers at EMBL’s six facilities: EMBL Heidelberg (Germany), EMBL Hamburg (Germany), EMBL Grenoble (France), EMBL-EBI Hinxton (UK), EMBL Rome (Italy) or EMBL Barcelona (Spain).

EMBL offers activities on a range of topics covering all areas of the life sciences, including next-generation sequencing, genome editing, systems biology, imaging and bioinformatics.

For a full list of upcoming events, visit:

[*NOTE: There will be separate travel grants opening in June 2020 for students wanting to attend the EMBL PhD Symposium in November 2020.]

Grant value: You can apply for financial support of up to $2,000 for a short visit of up to six weeks during the period 1 January to 30 June 2020.

Closing date: Applications close at midnight (AEDT) on 31 October 2019.

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Who can apply?

Any student 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 exceeded their maximum duration of candidature
  • Is not on leave of absence from their 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's six outstations located in Heidelberg (GER), Grenoble (FR), Hamburg (GER), Hinxton (Cambridge; UK), Rome (IT) and Barcelona (SP).

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 and molecular medicine are invited to apply.

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 31 October 2019.

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

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

Can I defer my travel grant to the following year?

No. Grants are solely issued for the year in which you apply. The selection panel ranks applicants according to specific criteria, which would affect how an applicant would be assessed from one year to another. 

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 in November 2019. 

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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