EMBL | Stanford Life Science Alliance

Creating synergies between EMBL and Stanford’s research communities


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Do you want to make your mark as a transatlantic scientist?

The Life Science Alliance invites researchers who want to bridge two leading research institutions, work with cutting-edge technology, and develop a global profile to submit an application to the Bridging Excellence Postdoctoral Program.

Propose your joint project between EMBL & Stanford University today!

What is the Bridging Excellence Postdoc Program?

The Bridging Excellence Postdoc Program supports postdoctoral fellows who conduct joint research between the EMBL and the Stanford University School of Medicine (SoM) and/or the School of Humanities & Sciences (H&S). You will propose a high-impact, creative collaboration between at least one lab from EMBL and one lab from Stanford SoM or H&S. By leveraging the opportunities at two leading institutions, you can gain valuable experience in two distinct research environments and develop a global profile. As well as access to researchers and technology at both sites, fellows can take advantage of the first-rate postdoctoral training opportunities from both institutions.

Fellowships Overview

Fellowships Overview

Successful postdoctoral researchers will be awarded three-year fellowships from the EMBL | Stanford Life Science Alliance. Postdocs can choose either EMBL or Stanford University as their host institution (i.e. the institution you would be appointed as a fellow for three years). During these three years, fellows spend up to one year visiting their collaborators the partner institution. The visits to the partner institute can be distributed throughout the duration of the fellowship (i.e. multiple visits totaling up to 1 year are possible depending on visa conditions).  

The fellowship includes funding for:

  • A standard 3 year EMBL/Stanford postdoc stipend (including family and social security benefits).
  • A contribution towards lab consumables (up to EUR/$ 25,000)
  • travel and accommodation supplement for visit(s) to the partner institution (up to EUR/$ 25,000).
  • Funds for attending an international conference (up to EUR/$ 2,000).



Bridging Excellence Fellowships are open to all researchers, regardless of nationality, gender, or scientific background. Applicants should be prepared to be internationally mobile and be excited by the prospect of being an ambassador for transatlantic science.

Applicants must have completed their PhD in the 2 years prior to taking up the fellowship. Students who are currently pursuing their PhD are able to apply, provided you have been awarded your PhD before taking up the fellowship. 

A note on eligibility for students & postdocs currently employed at EMBL or Stanford:

Fellows who are currently, or have previously been employed at EMBL/Stanford are able to apply, provided an additional 3-year fellowship does not exceed the maximum limit of employment as a postdoctoral fellow (5 years).

How to apply

How to apply

Applications to the Bridging Excellence Postdoctoral Program are accepted via the TalentLink recruitment system.

Applicants must develop a proposal together with at least one EMBL Group/Team Leader and one faculty member from the Stanford University School of Medicine, or School of Humanities & Sciences. Proposals must describe a creative, high-impact collaboration that builds on the strengths of the two institutions. They must clearly indicate how the project will draw on the expertise or technology available in each lab, as well as their own skills.

For inspiration, check our our projects page to see examples of collaborations that already exist between EMBL and Stanford. Our members page also lists faculty who would be excited to host you as a fellow (you may also contact supervisors who are not members of the Life Science Alliance).

To apply for the program:

  1. Read the applicant guidelines in detail.
  2. Download the application form.
  3. Establish contact with potential EMBL and Stanford supervisors.
  4. Develop your project proposal.
  5. Upload your completed application form and supervisor confirmation letter via TalentLink by the 8th of March, 2024 at 11:59pm CET.
  6. Ensure your referees submit a letter of recommendation by the 22nd of March 2024.

Applications submitted outside of the TalenLink recruitment system will not be reviewed. Proposals that are not submitted using the application form will be considered ineligible. You may only submit one application per call.


Still have questions after reading through the applicant guidelines?

Get in touch with us.

Sandra Clauder-Muenster
Programme Manager – Life Science Alliance



3 year fellowship stipend incl. funds for consumables, travel & conferences. 


March 8, 2024 at 11:59pm CET


Download the applicant guidelines

Application Form:

Download the application form