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PhD Travel Grants for 2013

Download the round two application form here.

Life science students enrolled at Australian Universities can now undertake training at the prestigious European Molecular Biology Laboratory with the support of the EMBL Australia Travel Grant Program. 

EMBL Australia will financially support up to ten PhD students to:
  • attend conferences, symposia or one of the many short courses operated by the EMBL at the International Centre for Advanced Training (EICAT) in Heidelberg, Germany.
  • attend one of EMBL's comprehensive suite of courses, conferences and workshops in the life sciences.
  • or undertake training in the laboratories of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory for periods of up to 6 months.
We are pleased to announce that in 2013 there will be 2 funding rounds for the EMBL Australia Travel Grants for PhD students.

Up to ten places are available to Australian PhD students to visit one or more of EMBL’s five European facilities: Heidelberg and Hamburg in Germany; Grenoble in France; Hinxton in Cambridgeshire, England; or Montorotondo near Rome, Italy. 

You can apply for $3500 for a short visit (up to six weeks), or $7500 for a long-term visit (up to six months) to train in one of EMBL’s labs, go to a conference or take a short course.

Closing dates

Round 1 (up to 5 places available):  ***Now Closed***
Closing date: Friday 2 November 2012
for travel any time between 1 January 2013 and 30 June 2013

Round 2 (up to 5 places available):
Closing date:  Friday 5 April 2013
for travel any time between 1 July 2013 and 31 December 2013

To get a sense of the type of training you could do at EMBL's labs, there more information on EMBL’s training opportunities in Europe at:

And there’s a list of upcoming conferences and EMBL events at:

The details

The travel grants are worth:
  • $3,500 for a short term visit of up to 6 weeks
  • $7,500 for a long term trip, up to 6 months

To be eligible for support under this program you must:
  • be currently enrolled in a HDR program at an Australian University.
  • have not yet submitted your thesis for examination.
  • and have completed your confirmation of candidature, but do not exceed the maximum duration of candidature.
We welcome applications from students in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, informatics, engineering and molecular medicine.

How to apply

Download the round two application form here.

Submit completed applications by email to at EMBL Australia.

Ensure that you attach your CV and letter of recommendation from your primary supervisor and include your motivation statement, as outlined on the application form.

Applicants should check the EMBL Australia website for any updates.

If awarded this funding, you must submit a report detailing your experience and include a final budget to the EMBL Australia Student Programs Coordinator within six weeks of returning. 

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed and ranked solely on the basis of qualification and scientific potential by the EMBL Australia Travel Grant selection committee.

For further information about this travel grant and the other funding opportunities available through EMBL Australia, contact:
Jane McCausland, Student Programs Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 99029607

Additional information

Attendance at conferences and visits to other research institutions before or after your time at the EMBL is permitted.

It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure that they comply with all relevant policies from their home universities, for example those pertaining to international travel and animal ethics.

A list of frequently asked questions can be found here.
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