Travel grants for the EMBL PhD Symposium will resume for 2022.  

Australian PhD students in the life sciences are eligible to apply for a travel grant of $2000 to attend the 24th EMBL PhD Symposium in Heidelberg, Germany, from 7 to 9 December, 2022.

Applications will be open until 10 September 2022 (AEST).


The symposium is an annual event, organised by first-year PhD students at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. It brings together fellow students from around the world for a three-day series of talks by leading experts and by students themselves. It’s an opportunity to make connections with international scientists and get new insight into your own research direction.

The 2022 theme is ‘The Spectra of Life: Dimensional breadth in biological research”

Biological research can be visualised as happening across scales; from single molecules to planetary ecosystems, from single-celled organisms to highly specialised, multicellular systems, from extremely quick enzyme catalysis to the slow, steady march of evolution, and from temperate environments to the extreme to the inhospitable lava vents at the bottom of our oceans and even the cold, silent void of space. To truly understand biological phenomena, it is essential to understand the interactions and coordination between the separate but inextricably interlinked spatial, temporal, systematic, and environmental contexts within which the phenomena occur. To achieve this, the cooperation between experts from across different disciplines is imperative. We are committed to organising a Symposium which will assemble and unite a diverse array of scientists. We hope to trigger many fruitful discussions and exciting collaborations across disciplines to progress towards the lofty goal of advancing a holistic perspective on investigating biological systems.

Updated information on the EMBL PhD Symposium and speakers will be posted here.

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How do I apply for a travel grant?

Students must complete this form and ensure a short letter of support is sent by their supervisor to by 10 September. 

Who is eligible to receive the travel grants?

The grants are open to students in almost any field – biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, informatics, engineering and molecular medicine – who are currently enrolled in a PhD program at an Australian university and have not yet submitted a thesis. Applications will be reviewed and ranked solely on the basis of qualification and scientific potential by the EMBL Australia Travel Grant selection committee.

What can the travel grant funds be used for?

Funds can be used for any reasonable and relevant expense related to your attendance at EMBL.

This may include but is not restricted to:

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Course fees or conference registration
  • Meals and general expenses

You will need to submit a report including your final budget with receipts/evidence to the Student Programs Coordinator via at EMBL Australia within six weeks of your return.

How will the grant be paid?

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of  October 2022. 

Once the EMBL Australia Travel Grant Selection Committee has decided to fund an application, funds will be transferred upon confirmation of course/conference registration at least one month prior to the planned departure date stated in the application form.