Inspiring the next generation of life scientists

EMBL launches new mentoring opportunity, linking Master’s students with postdoctoral researchers

The green logo of the EIPODs Inspire mentoring scheme
The EIPODs Inspire mentoring scheme offers a valuable insight into careers in life science research Image: EMBL/Holly Joynes

EMBL is renowned for its interdisciplinary approach to research, and its commitment to providing training opportunities for early-career scientists. Now, as part of its efforts to encourage the next generation of researchers, EMBL is enabling young scientists to expand their network and explore cutting-edge research.

EIPODs Inspire is a new mentoring scheme, and an innovative addition to EMBL’s EIPOD4 programme. EIPODs Inspire will pair-up postdoctoral researchers with Master’s students, providing an opportunity for gaining insight into the world of life science research.

As well as building on EMBL’s mission to provide training opportunities, EIPODs Inspire enhances the organisation’s long-standing commitment to integrating European science.

Master’s students studying in EMBL member states eligible for EU Widening Actions under Horizon 2020 are welcome to apply, and further criteria can be found on the EMBL website.

The students selected to join the programme will be invited to attend the EMBL PhD Symposium and will participate in a mentoring workshop with their EIPOD4 mentors in order to decide on how to make the most of their respective partnership. The mentor and mentee will interact over a period of 18 months, which will provide plenty of opportunities for the students to gain a deep understanding of all that careers in life science research have to offer.

Anne Ephrussi, Director of EMBL’s International Centre for Advanced Training, explained that “this is a great example of the opportunities that EMBL provides for early-career scientists. If you know of enthusiastic and curious Master’s students who may be interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary career in the life sciences, then I thoroughly recommend you make them aware of EIPODs Inspire.” Eligible candidates must apply by 11 October 2021 and can find more information here.

This programme received funding from the European Union’s Horizon2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (Grant agreement number 847543). 

Tags: eicat, eipod, mentoring, phd, postdoc


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