Training at EMBL

EMBL’s multifaceted training programme is committed to excellence in training at all stages of careers in the life sciences. Alongside training for scientists, EMBL’s education department ELLS shares scientific discoveries with young learners and teachers through inspiring activities.

Predoctoral fellows

Discover the EMBL International PhD programme for Life Sciences, interdisciplinary and unique.

Postdoctoral fellows

Embark on your path to independence in a collaborative and world class research environment.


Develop innovative life-science technologies as an ARISE fellow at one of EMBL's sites.

Courses & conferences

Share and expand research, knowledge and contacts through face-to-face and virtual interaction.


Train at EMBL during your undergraduate degree in all natural and formal sciences.

Apply for an EMBL fellowship programme

PhD Programme

The next call for applications will open in August and close in October 2021. Interviews will take place in February 2022.

Postdoctoral fellowships

The 2021 EIPOD call will be open from June 15th until September 7th.


Application is now open for 20 ARISE fellowships in the fields of imaging, bioinformatics, structural biology, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and (bio)chemical engineering.

More about training at EMBL

EICAT, EMBL’s International Centre for Advanced Training, is committed to excellence in training at all stages of careers in the life sciences. It promotes advanced training activities at all six EMBL sites, between EMBL and its sister institution EMBO, and with research organisations in the EMBL member states.

EMBL’s internal training activities support PhD studentspostdoctoral fellows and technology developers to advance their careers as members of an EMBL group or team. The Complementary Scientific Skills Programme and EMBL Fellows’ Career Service provide additional career development support tailored for EMBL PhD students and postdocs.

Its external training activities include a rich programme of courses and conferences, as well as supporting scientific visitors coming to the lab. The European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS) offers science education programmes for young learners and teachers.