Scientific Visitor Programme

Enabling external scientists and students to benefit from new collaborations, technologies and state-of-the-art equipment


Theory researchers are invited to submit an application for a Theory@EMBL fellowship

Scope of the programme

The visitor/sabbatical programme is part of a wider EMBL activity (Theory@EMBL) that aims to promote theory-based approaches across EMBL. This includes strengthening existing data-driven and modelling activities, but – importantly – also taking a leap forward and putting emphasis on conceptual theory.

The programme offers researchers working on theoretical and mathematical modelling aspects of biology the opportunity to apply for financial and organisational support for visits to any of EMBL’s sites. The goal of the programme is to support the initiation or deepening of scientific collaborations, and to connect theory-oriented researchers with cutting-edge molecular biology research, new experiments, data, and experimental research groups.

Several fellowships will be awarded each year for researchers to undertake a visit to one of EMBL’s sites for an expected duration of up to six months (undergraduate students can stay for up to one year). Funding is provided for travel to EMBL (according to defined travel caps based on the country of the researcher’s home institute) and includes costs for required visas and for accommodation (if available, in an EMBL guesthouse; otherwise, support for finding housing and financial support towards rental costs is provided). Reimbursement of actual costs incurred will be made after the start of the visit. Undergraduate students will receive a monthly subsistence (not applicable to researchers at a higher career level).

More information about Theory@EMBL


Researchers (PIs, Postdoctoral fellows, staff scientists, Predoctoral fellows, undergraduate Bachelor and Master students) are encouraged to apply for a Theory@EMBL fellowship. There are no restrictions on age, gender, scientific background or country of origin except for affiliations with UN/EU-sanctioned institutes.

The researcher must remain in employment at their home institution for the duration of the visit (not applicable to undergraduate students).

How to apply

Applications must be developed based on mutual agreement with at least one EMBL group or team leader acting as a local host.

Applications should present ideas for potential new collaborations or plans to deepen existing contacts (not applicable to undergraduate students). Projects that link to multiple EMBL groups are highly encouraged.

Applications can be submitted for deadlines set every three months (deadlines are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December).

To submit your application, please download the application form at the top of the page and send the completed document, including your CV, to the Scientific Visitor Programme.


Do you still have questions after reading through the application guidelines?

Get in touch with us.

Administrative support email: Scientific Visitor Programme

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