Career Accelerator for Research Infrastructure Scientists

Applying for ARISE Fellowship

The ARISE Fellowship Programme is now open for applications! Continue reading to learn more and apply by 30 November.

Timeline of the next ARISE Call

Applications open1 September 2021
Deadline for submission of application30 November 2021, 23:59 CET
Reference letters to reach us by12 December 2021
Interview datesEarly February 2022
Starting dateBetween mid February and mid August 2022

We aim to give 20 fellowships to be the best candidates.

Please find all relevant documents for the application below.

Application and Evaluation procedure

1. Preparation of applications

  • Talk to ARISE hosting groups of your interest about the future and current work in their group.
  • Based on this conversation, prepare a short project proposal for the technology or method development that you would like to do.

2. Submission of applications

  • Submit your application together with the project proposal.
  • We will check the eligibility and feasibility of the application and do initial ethics check.

3. Evaluation and selection

  • External evaluation board will evaluate your written application.
  • Top ranked applicants will get invited to the personal interviews.

4. Decision and offers

  • We will offer fellowships to top ranked candidates.
  • You have 14 days to accept the offer.
  • You should join EMBL within 6 months from the date of the offer.

Electron Microscopy Core Facility Credit Massimo del Prete/EMBL
Electron Microscopy Core Facility. Credit: Massimo del Prete/EMBL
Metabolomics Core Facility. Credit: Kinga Lubowiecka/EMBL

Who can apply

The ARISE programme is open to experienced STEM professionals from around the world, from all countries and without age restriction.

To join ARISE programme, you need to have

  1. at least 4 years (full time equivalent) of experience in research, including technology/method development, in academia or industry, after your last degree that would formally qualify you to enter a PhD in the country in which the degree was issued. Years spent on a PhD count towards the required four years of experience.
  2. high level of skills comparable to the level of the postdoctoral candidate, relevant to the fields of ARISE hosting groups
  3. initial experience with technology development related to service provision.
  4. fluency in written and spoken English (comparable to the C level/ proficient English user).
  5. strong scientific potential that can be proved through at least one of the following types of evidence:
    • scientific publications, scientific software, unique or problematic datasets, technical documentation, or similar that you have produced.
    • contributions to patents.
    • experience in management of technology development projects.
    • detailed descriptions of any other innovative research you have performed, and your achievements.
    • any other activities that demonstrate experience relevant to technology development and scientific services.

Further, based on the MSCA mobility rule it is not permitted for applicants to have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) at any of the EMBL sites for more than 12 months in the three years immediately preceding the call deadline *.

* Exceptions might be considered related to covid-19. If you need further explanations about mobility rule requirements and related exceptions due to covid-19 outbreak, please contact ARISE management team at arise@embl.org.

How to apply

To submit your application you will need to

  • fill in the application form in advance – close to the call opening you can download it here.
  • write the project proposal in advance – proposal template will also be put live closer to the application deadline.
  • organize at least 2 reference letters to be sent to us
  • upload the application form and the project proposal as pdfs to our online application portal.

Preparation of the project proposal

You should independently prepare and submit an original technology development proposal (up to four pages). It should be relevant to the field of work of the group(s) that  you wish to join. The proposal should aim to develop new methods or technologies or to improve existing ones, which can then be applied to answer various scientific questions from life science researchers as part of a service, and which can be integrated into research infrastructures. The proposed project should not be of local interest only, but should have sufficient potential for international transfer.

Before you plan the proposal, you should select one or more EMBL groups which you would like to join. You should contact them to get an overview of their field of work and of current and future activities in these groups or teams. They are looking forward to your email.

Important documents:

To apply for ARISE, please click here

Evaluation of your application

Selection of fellows is based purely on merit, concretely based on

  • the professional excellence of the applicant, your previous achievements and impact you made on your filed of work
  • the excellence of the proposed project, it’s quality and novelty and fit with the team of the host and eventual secondment host
  • potential of the proposed project to be included in the service offers of the RIs and what would be the expected impact of such service

Evaluation criteria and point system we use are described in the Guide for applicants.

For researchers at risk, who have been displaced by conflict or whose situation makes it difficult for them to pursue their careers, the Programme Manager can provide special support on a case-by-case basis (e.g. application by post where online application is not possible, or revision of eligibility criteria to take into consideration time when applicants had to suspend their research activities while seeking refugee status or applying for asylum.

Redress procedure

Applicants can appeal after any of three cut-off points: eligibility check, evaluation of their written application by the Evaluation Board, and personal interviews.

A dedicated email address, arise-appeal@embl.org, is available for official complaints or formal appeals. This will be accessible only by the Advisory Committee, which is bound by strict confidentiality.

The ARISE Advisory Committee will investigate the validity and significance of the allegations. If significant irregularities in the procedures are found, the Advisory Committee will devise a corrective measure for the current application (e.g. re-evaluation) and future selection rounds. In general, however, the decisions of the Evaluation Board, the interview panel, and the interviewers from the ARISE groups will not be overruled.

Contact us if we can provide any kind of explanation or support
Protein Expression and Purification Lab. Credit: Kinga Lubowiecka/EMBL
Genomics Core Facility. Credit: Kinga Lubowiecka/EMBL

Learn more

Further information on the programme can be found in the following sections.

Program Overview

Read about support and training that ARISE fellows get

Hosting groups

Here you can see which EMBL groups offer to host ARISE fellows

How to apply

Here is the information on how to apply to join ARISE and EMBL


Who to contact and how to get in touch.

ARISE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 945405.

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