Calling for applications for funding from eligible external scientists in close collaboration with an EMBL hosting team/group leader for a sabbatical visit at one of EMBL’s six sites.
EMBL is among the world’s highest ranked scientific research organizations aimed to explore the secrets of life. EMBL integrates 27 member states and employs close to 1800 people across its six research sites in Heidelberg, Barcelona, Grenoble, Hamburg, Cambridge (Hinxton) and Rome. It is headquartered in Heidelberg (Germany) and integrates both research groups and state-of-the-art core facilities.
With the successful implementation of EMBL’s research programme – “Molecules to Ecosystems”, an increased emphasis has been placed on facilitating exchange of scientific ideas and transfer of skills between external scientists who are recognized experts in their field of research, and the wider scientific community at EMBL with the objective to significantly augment the ongoing research at EMBL across sites.
The EMBL Sabbatical Visitor Fellowship, offered through the Scientific Visitor Programme (SVP) aims to directly contribute to this objective and targets applications from eligible external independent scientists (see criteria below) wishing to spend between a period of between three and six months on sabbatical based at any one of EMBL’s six sites. This should happen in collaboration with at least one EMBL team/group leader who will act as a primary host.
The fellowship aims to invite applications that clearly demonstrates a mutual benefit to both a sabbatical visitor and EMBL – with a focus on a high level description of the visitors’ scientific strengths and topic area(s) they seek to impart knowledge on, the EMBL groups they seek to network with and expertise/knowledge/methods that they might wish to learn while on your sabbatical stay at EMBL. While particular project(s) may be mentioned in brief as illustrative examples, this is not meant to be the central goal of their sabbatical stay as we seek to leave room for organic and serendipitous interactions which can prove mutually inspiring and forge strong connections for the present and the future with the visitors research group and their home institution.
These competitive fellowships are a standalone scheme for encouraging sabbatical visits across EMBL, and do not preclude the possibility of similar visits being independently organized by EMBL group/team leaders.
EMBL promotes and implements equality, diversity and inclusivity measures in its workplace culture, as well as implementing open science practices as a signatory of DORA (San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment) which implements fair and responsible research assessment practices.
For these fellowships, decisions to award funding to an applicant are made by an expert scientific review committee representing the breadth of EMBL science that carefully examines the following as illustrated through the application:
The fellowships aim to support, to the extent possible, extra costs incurred during a stay at EMBL. The following are to be noted:
Exhaustive list of costs eligible for reimbursement covered (never exceeding the total award granted to the applicant):
€250 – travel within the same country as EMBL hosting site
€450 – travel from an European country external to EMBL hosting site country
€1,250 – travel from East Coast USA & Canada, China and Israel
€1,500 – travel from West Coast of USA & Canada and India
€2,000 – travel from rest of the world
The costs of the researcher’s travel (family not covered) to EMBL will be covered at a rate not exceeding that of the most economic, reasonable and rational means of transport.
Important: Funding support is extended only for the sabbatical visitor and not for traveling family members. The only exceptions are accommodation and childcare costs for family members.
Open: October 1, 2023
Deadline: December 29, 2023
Assessment and decision: January 2024
Visit start: Applications can be made to start the sabbatical anytime during 2024.
All fellowship awardees must in addition agree to:
These contributions are mandatory so as to ensure the continual development of the fellowship scheme and guide improvements where feasible and necessary.
2. EMBL host informs the Head of Unit/site of their intent to host a sabbatical visitor and solicits suitable co-host(s) if necessary.
3. Sabbatical visitor downloads the application form (top of this page), renames the file to include their name.
4. One or more meetings happen between sabbatical visitor and EMBL host group/team leader.
5. Sabbatical visitor completes Part-A of the application and sends to the primary EMBL host group/team leader – the partially completed application form, a CV and a letter of support from home institution agreeing to pay their salary during the leave of absence on sabbatical to the primary.
6. EMBL hosting group/team leader completes Part-B of the application form.
7. EMBL hosting group/team leader uploads the application package on Talentlink (link on this webpage directs you to the EMBL jobs site) as follows: EMBL host uses their own information in the personal and diversity section of the job page (including EMBL email) and uploads the sabbatical visitors’ CV in the resume/CV section. In the space for “additional documents”, they upload the fellowship application and the letter of support from the candidates home institution.
8. EMBL host group/team leader receives confirmation of application submission to their EMBL email which they can forward to the candidate for their records.
Should you have any questions, please get in touch with the Scientific Visitor Programme team.