Postdoctoral Programme

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The EIPOD4 fellowship programme is open to all nationalities and welcomes applications from experience researchers with diverse educational backgrounds (e.g. life sciences, mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering etc.) who are passionate about pursuing ambitious interdisciplinary research projects in an international setting.


Eligibility requirements

Academic requirements:

Applicants must have completed a PhD at the date of recruitment (start date of the fellowship) or have 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience. Successful candidates have 6 months to take up their fellowship (July 1, 2022 for fellows recruited in the 2021 EIPOD call for applications).

Mobility requirements:

The EIPOD4 programme is open to experienced researchers of all nationalities. Prior association (including visitor contracts) of an applicant with EMBL is compatible with application to the EIPOD programme but cannot exceed 12 months within the last 3 years prior to the application deadline (September 7, 2021).

How to apply

  1. Read the guide to applicants available here.
  2. Watch the 2021 information webinar on the EIPOD programme and how to apply.
  3. Develop an interdisciplinary project proposal. This will be submitted as part of your application (see 7). The project template (available here) must be used.
  4. Contact an EMBL host. EMBL’s research groups can be screened by research unit and topic. Make sure the group leader(s) you are interested are participating in the call. Participating EMBL hosts are available here
  5. Choose an EMBL partner: Not sure who to choose? Most EMBL hosts have suggested collaborators (see EMBL host’s group pages). Discuss with your EMBL host.
  6. Choose an External partner if relevant: Optional for the academic track. Mandatory at the time of submission for the clinical (clinical partner needed) and industry tracks (Industry partner).
    Not sure who to ask? Discuss with your EMBL host. Check collaborator suggestions from your EMBL host listed on the participating faculty page.
  7. Open an application. The link to the online application database is available here.

For your application to be eligible the following is required:

  • The application must be submitted via the programme’s online application platform.
  • Applicants must meet the programme’s academic and mobility requirements.
  • Two letters of reference submitted via the online application database and due at the application deadline. Please note that we only accept references from institutional email addresses. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their referees submit their reference by the call deadline (September 7, 2021 at 23:59 CEST).
  • The proposal must use the provided project proposal template and respect the formatting guidelines and page limits.
  • Letter of support from the EMBL host. Please have it signed by your EMBL host and upload it in the “Confirmation from EMBL project host” section of your application.
  • Letter of support from external partner if relevant. Please have the form signed by your external partner and upload it in the “Project section” of your application. After you enter the name and affiliation of your external partner in the relevant field you will be prompted to upload the signed letter of support from the external partner.

Evaluation and Interviews


EIPOD4 is a competitive merit-based fellowship programme. It follows a well-defined weighted scoring system that is unbiased and transparent. Eligible applications are independently reviewed by two EMBL group leaders and two external experts. Evaluators are asked to provide an overall impression of a candidate’s application in terms of excellence and interdisciplinarity as described in the guide to applicants.


Lab visits: Interviewing candidates visit the EMBL labs involved in the proposed projects.

Interviews: The interviews take place approximately 12 weeks after the call closes. Candidates give a talk on their research accomplishments (10 minutes) and a have a panel interview (30 minutes per candidate). The interviews for the 2021 EIPOD call will take place on Tuesday, November 30th and Wednesday, December 1st, 2021.


Applicants not put forward following the eligibility check or short-listing or who do not receive an offer following the interviews have the right to request an appeal. The details of the appeal procedure are included in the outcome email. Requests for appeal must be submitted by email to the Programme Manager using the appeal form included with the outcome email within 7 days of a candidate receiving a rejection. Appeal requests will be treated confidentially and are reviewed by an Appeals Committee.

This programme received funding from the European Union’s Horizon2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (Grant agreement number 847543).

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