FEBS Fellowships and FEBS Excellence Award

Ends on 1 July 2022

FEBS Fellowships

The FEBS Fellowships programme began in 1979, and became a highly competitive and respected programme for early-stage researchers thanks to rigorous selection methods and the packages offered. Most of its schemes over the years have supported graduate students and early-career researchers in the molecular life sciences in the FEBS area to move to and carry out a period of research in a lab in a different FEBS country, thus broadening their experience and training, giving access to additional research techniques and expertise, and facilitating international collaboration.

FEBS currently offers Short-Term Fellowships, Collaborative Developmental Scholarships and Summer Fellowships. With the launch of the new FEBS Excellence Award scheme in 2021, the previous FEBS Long-Term Fellowships scheme is now closed to new applications.

(Standard) Short-Term Fellowships are for scientists who have obtained their PhD degree within the past six years, and PhD students who have at least one published paper as a main author in an international scientific journal. Collaborative Developmental Scholarships are for PhD students in certain disadvantaged FEBS countries. Summer Fellowships are for PhD students and Master’s students. All are for researchers studying or working in a FEBS country and wishing to move to a different country in the FEBS area for the duration of the Fellowship. In addition, candidates for Short-Term Fellowships and Collaborative Developmental Scholarships need to be a member of one of the FEBS Constituent Societies.

In addition, for 2022 FEBS is offering additional support through its Fellowships programme for scientists in or displaced from Ukraine. New ‘Ukrainian Short-Term Fellowships‘ are for active molecular life scientists from Ukraine who have a PhD, while PhD students from Ukraine can apply for Collaborative Developmental Scholarships, where a greater number are available for them.

For general information about FEBS Fellowships please refer to the General Guidelines for Fellowships. For details on each Fellowship type, follow the links on the right of this page for specific guidelines and application forms.

For information on FEBS Constituent Societies, go to the Our Members section of the website.

FEBS Excellence Awards

FEBS launched a prestigious new scheme from 2021 – the FEBS Excellence Award – to support early-career group leaders in the FEBS area. FEBS Excellence Awards provide funding for research equipment and consumables over a 3-year period.

Find more details of this new scheme on the FEBS Excellence Award guidelines and FEBS Excellence Award FAQs webpages.

General information

The FEBS Fellowships programme and FEBS Excellence Award scheme are overseen by the FEBS Fellowships Committee.

When to apply:
Short-Term Fellowships: any time
Collaborative Developmental Scholarships: any time
Summer Fellowships 2022: by 1 May 2022; the call opened on 1 February 2022
FEBS Excellence Awards 2022: by 1 July 2022; the call opened on 1 April 2022

If you have an outstanding query on FEBS Fellowships or FEBS Excellence Awards after consulting the guidelines, please contact the FEBS Fellowships Committee Office via the Contact Us section of the website. If you encounter any difficulties with contact via this form in the run up to an application deadline, please send your query direct to