Applications for the 9th Annual EMBL Australia PhD Course are open.
Apply now.

The EMBL Australia PhD Course brings together more than 60 high-achieving Australian PhD students, giving them a head start in their science careers. The week-long course is jam-packed with scientific tutorials from Australia’s best researchers, hands-on learning, and soft skill development to set our next generation of researchers up for success.

This course is modelled on the pre-doc training program at the prestigious European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), and it covers the latest ideas and advances in molecular biology and the life sciences.

Key Event Details:

25 – 29 November, 2024
Monash University, Clayton Campus


$700 AUD (with shared accommodation from 24 – 30 November) 

$200 AUD (without accommodation)


1st and 2nd year PhD students studying the life sciences. (Please review the course topics to see if this year’s program is relevant to you.) 

Places are limited. Applications undergo a blind, competitive selection process, and are scored based on scientific excellence and merit. 

Applications are open from 1 June 2024 – 18 August 2024. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in September.

Course content: 

More information and an outline program will be made available soon.

How to apply:

Apply now via this form: Applications will be accepted until 18 August 2024.  

Not sure what to expect? Read about previous years’ courses here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there grants for this course? 

  • At this time, there are no grants available for this course.

Can I attend only part of the course?

  • Due to the highly competitive nature and selection of participants, you will not be able to pick and choose which sessions you attend. Attendance will be noted throughout the week.

Will this course apply towards my Institute’s program requirements?

  • We are unable to advise on whether this course can count towards your institute’s PhD program requirements. Please check with your home institution for advice on this, and email with any additional questions.

What is included in the registration fee? 

  • If you require accommodation, the fee covers your accommodation at the Punt Hill Hotel, Oakleigh, a short commute to Monash Clayton Campus. The rooms are shared, and include a small kitchenette and bathroom. 
  • Included in both fees are a morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for all five days of the course, and a dinner on Thursday 28 November. 

Can I pick my roommate? What if I’m not comfortable sharing accommodation? 

  • Unfortunately, due to the high volume of participants likely requiring accommodation, you will not be able to select your roommate. Rooms however will be allocated by gender and institute, in hopes of keeping familiar people together. 
  • If you are not comfortable sharing accommodation, please note this in your application (there will be a section for this) and we will endeavour to accommodate this. 

Can I bring my child/spouse?

  • It is strongly advised not to bring any dependent person with you during the course. Childcare is not available on campus, and due to the shared accommodation, bringing your spouse is not advised. 

How is travel arranged? 

  • Please arrange your own travel. This includes travel to the hotel, and to campus. Public transport stops are within walking distance of the accommodation and a bus terminal is situated on Monash University Campus. 
  • Parking is available on campus, at metered visitor parking areas, where guests pay casual rates for the time they park, using the CellOPark app or Pay-By-Plate machines. These spaces can fill up quickly, and can be costly, so public transport is strongly recommended. 
  • If you require parking at the hotel, please contact them directly to arrange this. 

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EMBL Australia is proud of offer a wide variety of sponsorship and advertising opportunities.

Our industry sponsorships cater to companies wishing to increase brand awareness, establish new relationships, generate direct sales and build the company’s reputation as  a leader in the provision of scientific services and/or products.

Educationally aligned organisations such as universities and government organisations are also able to  purchase sponsorships. 

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