We welcome applications from highly qualified students of all nationalities. Applicants must hold, or anticipate receiving before enrolment, a university degree that would formally qualify them to enter a PhD or equivalent programme in the country where the degree was obtained. All applications need to be supported by a minimum of two academic reference letters and are evaluated solely on the basis of qualification and scientific potential.

Selection advantage rules for PhD candidates who previously worked at EMBL

Please note that association with the EMBL during any time of the predoctoral recruitment procedure (from the application deadline until the date of the initial admission assessment) and/or an extended association with EMBL of more than 3 months duration during the year before application are considered to imply a selection advantage. Among the applicants with a ‘selection advantage’ only high potential applicants are eligible to be invited for interviews. They should preferably have a “rare background” (e.g. mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering) and should come from one of EMBL’s Member States. In addition, the total number of invited candidates with a ‘selection advantage’ within a given round of recruitment should not exceed more than 10%. In order not to limit invitations of eligible external candidates, applications from candidates with a ‘selection advantage’ will be reviewed by the Graduate Committee at the application stage. At the interview stage applicants with a ‘selection advantage’ must clear their Initial Admission Assessment (IAA) with a panel not representing the research unit where the ‘selection advantage’ was acquired.

Please do not hesitate to contact the EMBL International PhD Programme for any further questions.