Bridging Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2024

Deadline: 8th of March, 2024

Postdoctoral fellows who collaborate on research between the EMBL and the Stanford University School of Medicine (SoM) and/or the School of Humanities & Sciences (H&S) are supported by the Bridging Excellence Postdoc Program. You will suggest an innovative, high-impact partnership between one lab from Stanford SoM or H&S and one lab from EMBL. You may build a worldwide reputation and obtain invaluable expertise in two different research contexts by taking advantage of the chances at two top universities. Fellows get access to both locations’ researchers and equipment, as well as both universities’ excellent postdoctoral training programs.

Successful postdoctoral researchers will be awarded three-year fellowships from the EMBL | Stanford Life Science Alliance. Postdocs can choose either EMBL or Stanford University as their host institution (i.e. the institution you would be appointed as a fellow for three years). During these three years, fellows spend up to one year visiting their collaborators the partner institution. The visits to the partner institute can be distributed throughout the duration of the fellowship (i.e. multiple visits totaling up to 1 year are possible depending on visa conditions).

The fellowship includes funding for:

  • A standard 3 year EMBL/Stanford postdoc stipend (including family and social security benefits).
  • A contribution towards lab consumables (up to EUR/$ 25,000)
  • travel and accommodation supplement for visit(s) to the partner institution (up to EUR/$ 25,000).
  • Funds for attending an international conference (up to EUR/$ 2,000).


Bridging Excellence Fellowships are open to all researchers, regardless of nationality, gender, or scientific background. Applicants should be prepared to be internationally mobile and be excited by the prospect of being an ambassador for transatlantic science.

Applicants must have completed their PhD in the 2 years prior to taking up the fellowship. Students who are currently pursuing their PhD are able to apply, provided they have been awarded their PhD before taking up the fellowship.

A note on eligibility for students & postdocs currently employed at EMBL or Stanford:

Fellows who are currently or have previously been employed at EMBL/Stanford are able to apply, provided an additional 3-year fellowship does not exceed the maximum limit of employment as a postdoctoral fellow (5 years).


To apply for the program:

  1. Read the applicant guidelines in detail.
  2. Download the application form.
  3. Establish contact with potential EMBL and Stanford supervisors.
  4. Develop your project proposal.
  5. Upload your completed application form and supervisor confirmation letter via TalentLink by the 27th of January, 2023 at 11:59 pm CET.
  6. Ensure your referees submit a letter of recommendation by the 10th of February, 2023.

Applications submitted outside of the TalenLink recruitment system will not be reviewed. Proposals that are not submitted using the application form will be considered ineligible. You may only submit one application per call.

Click here to apply 

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