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.
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.
How it works
- Once accepted in to the EMBL International PhD Programme, students register with the University of Cambridge and apply to a college
- Students participate fully in college life
- The Programme is coordinated at EMBL Heidelberg, with local support at EMBL-EBI
- EMBL-EBI PhD students receive theoretical and practical training
- Students conduct a research project under the supervision of an EMBL faculty member, monitored by a Thesis Advisory Committee
- EMBL PhD students at EMBL-EBI receive their degree from the University of Cambridge
When to apply
Registration for the 2021 PhD Summer recruitment is now closed.
Next call for applications will open in August and close in 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 1||All 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 2||Second annual report to the Thesis Advisory Committee|
|Year 3||Third annual report submitted to the Thesis Advisory Committee.|
|Year 3/4||Write and submit thesis; PhD awarded following committee approval and successful completion of an oral examination.|
If you would like some additional information about the programme, please get in touch.