About the programme
Established in 1983, the EMBL International PhD 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.
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 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.
When to apply
Application for 2018 Summer recruitment is now closed.
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.|