EMBL International PhD Programme

About the programme

Welcome to the EMBL-EBI section of the EMBL International PhD Programme. Established in 1983, the programme provides students with the best starting platform for a successful career in science. Characterised by first-class training, internationality, dedicated mentoring and early independence in research, it is among the world's most competitive PhD training schemes.

EMBL-EBI provides a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary environment in which research and data service provision are closely allied. We are a world leader in bioinformatics, at the centre of global efforts to collect and disseminate biological information. We share a campus with the Wellcome Sanger Institute, 20 km (11 miles) south of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. EMBL-EBI's PhD students are all part of the EMBL International PhD Programme, and also are registered with the University of Cambridge and enjoy all the benefits of University membership.

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Research topics

When you apply for the EMBL International PhD Programme, you are asked to select two EMBL research units and to indicate up to four research areas that interest you. As well as purely computational projects, there may also be possibilities to incorporate some experimental biology in collaborating laboratories.

See our full list of Group Leaders who are recruiting PhD students in the ongoing round.

Explore the PhD Programme research topics

How it works

How to apply

When to apply

Next call for applications will open on 16 August and close on 11 October 2021. Interviews will take place in January/February 2022.


PhD project timeline

The duration of PhD studies is normally 3.5 to 4 years.

Year 1All new PhD students will attend the EMBL Predoctoral Core Course in Molecular Biology in Heidelberg
Primers for predocs for EBI PhD students only
Nomination of a Thesis Advisory Committee to monitor student progress
Submit and defend a Project Proposal ['Qualifying Assessment']
Year 2Second annual report to the Thesis Advisory Committee
Year 3Third annual report submitted to the Thesis Advisory Committee.
Year 3/4Write and submit thesis; PhD awarded following committee approval and successful completion of an oral examination.


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