EMBL welcomes undergraduate students of all disciplines in the natural sciences extending from biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics to medicine, informatics and engineering.

EIPODs inspire

EIPODs Inspire enables young researchers to expand their scientific network and explore cutting-edge life science research.

It offers the opportunity to:

  • receive 18 months’ informal mentorship from an EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdoc,
  • and attend the EMBL PhD Symposium (online, 16-17 December 2021).

The scheme is open to students studying for a scientific master’s degree in an EMBL member or prospect member state eligible for EU Widening Actions under Horizon 2020. These are:

Croatia | Czech Republic | Estonia | Hungary | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | Montenegro | Poland | Portugal | Slovakia

How to apply

  • Applicants should first check that they meet the eligibility criteria below (‘who can apply’).
  • Eligible candidates should submit a CV and motivation letter in English as a single file (word or PDF format) by email to EIPODs_inspire@embl.org by 11 October 2021 23:59 CEST.
    • The CV should include:
      • Education to date: including start & (expected) end date for each degree and grades,
      • Research experience (if applicable),
      • Other relevant skills, experience and qualifications.
    • The motivation letter should describe:
      • your interest in the life sciences – for example, what biological processes fascinate you, and/or what motivated you to pursue your master’s,
      • what you hope to gain from mentorship from a postdoc and symposium attendance
    • Please also include in the email text how you heard about the scheme (this is optional and will not be used for selection purposes, only to help us refine our communication strategy for the next call).
  • Your will be informed about the outcome of your application by email.

What selected candidates can expect

From informal mentoring:

  • You will meet your mentor during an online mentoring workshop on 15 December 2021.
  • You will then interact for 18 months. The focus of mentoring will be mutually decided by you and your mentor, and mentoring will mainly take place by video calls.
  • The mentors are postdocs who are recipients of an EIPOD4 fellowship.

From the EMBL PhD Symposium:

  • the EMBL PhD Symposium, “The Big Picture: Zooming into Life”, is a scientific conference organized by EMBL PhD students. It offers a programme of talks that provide glimpses into a range of life science research, as well as opportunities to network with PhD students and more established scientists.

Who can apply

  • Applicants must be registered for a scientific master’s programme in an EMBL member or prospect member state eligible for EU Widening Actions under Horzion 2020. These are:Croatia | Czech Republic | Estonia | Hungary | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | Montenegro | Poland | Portugal | Slovakia
  • Applicants can be from any scientific field, but should be interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in the life sciences, or to continue their career in life science-related professions.
  • Applicants must be available to attend:an online workshop on 15 December
  • and the EMBL PhD Symposium that will take place virtually on 16-17 December 2021.

How applications will be evaluated

  • Evaluators (participating EIPOD postdocs, plus the EIPOD programme manager and EIPOD career advisor) will select candidates based on the motivation letter and CV, focussing on potential and what the candidate will gain from the experience.
  • Additionally, the following factors may also be taken into consideration to maximise the impact of the programme: time remaining in master’s programme (applicants at the start of their master’s programme preferred), overlapping interests between participating mentors and potential mentees, and distribution of mentees across the eligible member states.

This programme received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (Grant agreement number 847543).

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EIPODs inspire

EMBL Heidelberg
Meyerhofstraße 1
69117 Heidelberg

Tel: +49 6221 387-8891
Email: eipods_inspire@embl.org