Apply now for a travel grant to the 25th EMBL PhD Symposium 2023.

Australian PhD students in the life sciences are eligible to apply for a travel grant of $2000 to attend the 25th EMBL PhD Symposium. Submissions will be open from 26th June to 28th July, 2023. 

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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.


Behaviour can be defined as the action of one entity in response to another. But, acting alone, the effect of singular units is limited. From molecular structures to cellular communication and complex ecosystems, the coordinated actions of functional units, to a common impulse, result in emergent behaviours. How does complexity arise and what approaches are currently being used to link individual actions to their ultimate consequence? Through a series of talks and discussions we aim to provide insight from multiple areas of research on this question and unravel the vast range of effects arising from collective behaviour. Join us in exploring the underlying mechanisms extending from sub-cellular environments to global ecology and evolutionary contexts.

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?

Apply via the application form before 28th July 2023. Applications will need to include a letter of support from your supervisor. An example letter can be found in the resources tab of this webpage.

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 undergo a blind selection process and will be 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 August 2023. 

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.