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

How to apply

In order to apply as an undergraduate student for an internship at EMBL please directly contact the Group Leader(s) of your choice. Detailed information on each groups’ profiles can be found on the Research Units page.

Your application letter should include

  • a short CV highlighting your research experience so far (if any)
  • a short statement about your research interests and why you are interested in the chosen group
  • information about the purpose and intended duration of your internship
  • an indication about when you would like to join and whether there is flexibility in timing
  • contact details of a faculty member of your home university who could provide a short support letter for your candidature

Board and lodging

The different EMBL locations can help with different solutions in view of accommodation. Details need to be discussed with the respective host labs. Students may receive payment during their internship, e.g. from grants available to the respective Group Leader. Payment therefore remains at the discretion of the Group Leader. Details will be discussed together with the Group Leader of choice.

Admission to EMBL International PhD Programme

In the majority of cases, an undergraduate stay has no effect on eligibility for the EMBL International PhD Programme. Exceptionally, however, a candidate may fall under the ‘Prior association‘ rule. These are only likely to affect candidates spending more than three months at EMBL or staying at EMBL during the selection procedure. Undergraduates who plan to stay longer than three months at EMBL prior to an application for the EMBL International PhD Programme should discuss their situation with their Group Leader and the Graduate Office in order to assess and avoid a potential conflict of eligibility.