Information for applicants in response to the novel coronavirus

In order to reduce the impact and spread of the novel coronavirus EMBL has taken the difficult decision to close its six sites in Barcelona, Grenoble, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Hinxton and Rome from 18 March. Sites will remain closed until further notice, and EMBL management will keep the situation under constant review. For further information please refer to the following page:

The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted individuals and organisations worldwide at different levels. To give equal opportunities to all applicants, the deadlines for the EMBL PhD Summer Recruitment 2020 have been extended by 2 additional weeks:
-    Application deadline: 19th of April
-    Reference deadline: 21st of April

Further information regarding the application process is indicated below.

Our aim is to continue with the PhD Summer Recruitment as planned. Any changes in the evaluation/interview procedure (including the possibility of holding the interviews by video-conferencing) that may be required due to future developments will be communicated to invitees in a timely manner.  

Please contact the EMBL Graduate Office should you have any questions or require further information.

Registration for the 2020 Summer recruitment is now open. Please apply via the online application platform.

Watch a webinar to learn everything you need to know about preparing and submitting your application. Link to webinar


Recruitment timeline:

Application opens 10 February 2020
Application submission deadline 19 April 2020, 23:59 CEST
Reference deadline 21 April 2020, 23:59 CEST
Interview dates

EMBL Heidelberg

6-9 July 2020

EMBL Barcelona

1st week of July 2020

EMBL-EBI Hinxton

1st week of July 2020

EMBL Grenoble

1st week of July 2020

EMBL Hamburg

1st week of July 2020


1st week of July 2020

Application results will be sent out by beginning of June 2020. Full details regarding the interview process will be sent to invited candidates.

Information for applicants: EMBL does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interviews, processing, training or any other fees). EMBL will not ask for any bank details.