For visits to EMBL, scientists of different levels can be considered. It is mandatory for scientific visitors to be enrolled with a university or a technical school. There is no specific deadline for applications nor a determined time where visits can be done but duration and time are organised based on a mutual agreement.

The EMBL Scientific Visitor Programme invites scientists interested in visiting EMBL and who belong of the following categories to directly contact the Group leader or Head of Core Facility of interest with a letter of motivation and a detailed CV to discuss the possibility of a visit.

Trainee

An undergraduate student from a university or professional school wanting to perform practical work by doing an internship outside of the formal arrangement of an undergraduate thesis. Undergraduate students generally do not receive any remuneration for their work, but may obtain a limited participation towards housing and subsistence upon discretion of the hosting group leader. Trainees must be at least 18 years old to be eligible for training at EMBL. The total stay may not exceed 12 months.

Master student

An undergraduate student from a university or professional school wanting to perform practical work in order to establish their master thesis (or equivalent) in collaboration with the laboratory. Undergraduate students generally do not receive any remuneration for their work, but may obtain a limited participation towards housing and subsistence upon discretion of the hosting group leader. The total stay may not exceed 12 months.

Master/Bachelor graduated

Graduated visitor who finished their Master or Bachelor programme and is no longer enrolled at a University.

Visiting Predoctoral fellow

A PhD student is registered with an external institution for their PhD thesis and not part of the EMBL International PhD Programme. The student wishes to benefit from EMBL technologies and methods for specific parts of their thesis.

Visits of more than 6 months need prior approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. The maximum total training period at EMBL, including any extensions, must be less than half of your entire PhD period.

Special note for prospective PhD students

The EMBL International PhD Programme invites applications from all highly qualified candidates. The selection process must safeguard the excellence of the programme and its international, inclusive character. The selection process must be transparent, objective and offer balanced chances to all applicants.

For this reason, association with EMBL during any time of selection (from the application deadline until the date of final admissions assessment) and/or an extended association with EMBL of more than 3 months duration is considered to imply a selection advantage.

Visiting Researcher

External staff scientist holding a PhD and working above postdoctoral level but below a group leader.

Visiting Postdoctoral fellow

A postdoctoral fellow with a contract elsewhere visiting EMBL for a short-term project.

Visiting Technical Expert

All technical assistants and other technical experts (e.g. scientific IT experts).

Visiting Group leader

Faculty at research institutions coming to EMBL for scientific purposes to pursue collaboration with EMBL staff.

Group/Team leader (Outgoing)

Group leader who was leading a research group or team at EMBL and is now pursuing their research at a different institution still visiting EMBL for collaboration in the scope of their research project.

Group/Team leader (Incoming)

Future EMBL group or team leader who is about to establish a research group at EMBL.