Applications for travel grants will open in early 2019.

Train at one of EMBL’s six European facilities, go to a conference or take a short course.

EMBL Australia is passionate about supporting young scientists through their training and into a research career. 

Twice a year, we sponsor 10 of the best PhD students in Australia to train at the prestigious European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

With an EMBL Australia travel grant, you could take a short course, attend a conference or work alongside some of the world’s best young researchers at EMBL’s six facilities: EMBL Heidelberg or EMBL Hamburg (Germany), EMBL Grenoble (France), EMBL-EBI Hinxton (UK), EMBL Rome (Italy) or EMBL Barcelona (Spain).

EMBL offers short courses on a range of topics, including next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics. For a full list of upcoming events, visit:

Applications for travel between 1 January and 30 June 2019 are now closed. Applications for travel between 1 July and 31 December 2019 will open in early 2019. 

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Who can apply?

Any student enrolled in a PhD through an Australian university who:

  • Has completed their confirmation of candidature or is permitted to travel by their university
  • Has not exceeded their maximum duration of candidature
  • Is not on leave of absence from their candidature..

What activities are eligible?

Applicants must:

  • Attend conferences, symposia or one of the many short courses operated by the EMBL at the EMBL International Centre for Advanced Training (EICAT) in Heidelberg, Germany, or any EMBL location; and/or
  • Undertake training in the laboratories of one of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's six outstations located in Heidelberg (GER), Grenoble (FR), Hamburg (GER), Hinxton (Cambridge; UK), Rome (IT) and Barcelona (SP).

It is permissible to visit other institutions or attend other conferences either before or after attendance at EMBL.

It should be noted that tax-exempt payments cannot be made to part-time students.

What disciplines can PhD students come from?

Students studying in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, informatics, engineering and molecular medicine are invited to apply.

How do I apply for a travel grant?

Applications are currently closed. They will reopen (for travel between 1 July and 31 December 2019) in early 2019.

Is there a limit to how many travel grants applicants can apply for?

You may only receive one travel grant per year.  But as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply more than once.

Can I defer my travel grant to the following year?

No. Grants are solely issued for the year in which you apply. The selection panel ranks applicants according to specific criteria, which would affect how an applicant would be assessed from one year to another. 

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?

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. 


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