Career Accelerator for Research Infrastructure Scientists

Applying for ARISE Fellowship

Application and Evaluation procedure

1. Prepare the application

  • Talk to ARISE hosting groups of your interest about the future and current work in their group.
  • Based on this conversation, prepare a short project proposal for the technology or method development that you would like to do.

2. Evaluation and selection

  • External evaluation board will evaluate submitted applications.
  • Panels and chosen group leaders will interview top ranked applicants.

3. Decision and offers

  • We will offer fellowships to top ranked candidates.
  • You have 14 days to accept the offer.
  • You should join EMBL before 1 May 2024.

Timeline of the next call

Applications open1 July 2023
Deadline for submission of application30 September 2023
Reference letters to reach us by2 weeks after the deadline
Interview datesNovember 2023
Starting dateJanuary – 30 April 2024

We aim to give 30+ fellowships to the best candidates.

Please find all relevant documents for the application below.

For researchers at risk, who have been displaced by conflict or whose situation makes it difficult for them to pursue their careers, the Programme Manager can provide special support on a case-by-case basis (e.g. application by post where online application is not possible, or revision of eligibility criteria to take into consideration time when applicants had to suspend their research activities while seeking refugee status or applying for asylum.

Important documents:

Electron Microscopy Core Facility Credit Massimo del Prete/EMBL
Electron Microscopy Core Facility. Credit: Massimo del Prete/EMBL
Metabolomics Core Facility. Credit: Kinga Lubowiecka/EMBL

Requirements and eligibility

The ARISE programme is open to experienced STEM professionals,
from all countries and without age restriction.

To join ARISE programme, you need to have

  1. Degree that would formally qualify you to enter a PhD in the country in which the degree was issued. You do not have to have a PhD, but you must have
  2. At least 4 years (full time equivalent) of experience in research, in academia or industry, after your last degree. If you did a PhD, years spent on a PhD count towards the required four years of experience.
  3. Experience in development of methods, techniques or technologies. Initial experience with technology development related to service provision is a plus.
  4. High level of skills and strong scientific potential, comparable to the level of the postdoctoral candidate, relevant to the fields of the group which you aim to join. Strong scientific potential that can be proved through at least one of the following types of evidence:
    • scientific publications, scientific software, unique or problematic datasets, technical documentation, or similar that you have produced.
    • contributions to patents.
    • experience in management of technology development projects.
    • detailed descriptions of any other innovative research you have performed, and your achievements.
    • any other activities that demonstrate experience relevant to technology development and scientific services.
  5. Fluency in written and spoken English.
  6. Only if you have worked at EMBL earlier: based on the MSCA mobility rule it is not permitted for applicants to have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) at any of the EMBL sites for more than 12 months in the three years immediately preceding the call deadline.

How to apply

To submit your application you will need to

  • Fill in the application form and upload it online.
  • Write a short project proposal using the template above, and merge it with the ethics self assessment document before you upload it.
  • Prepare your CV and any certificates that you wish to submit (e.g. your university degree)
  • Think of the two referees which we can contact for the reference letter about you – once you enter their name in the application portal, we will ask them for the reference letter and they should send it to us latest 2 weeks after the call closure date.
  • You can save and return to your application before you submit it.

Preparation of the project proposal

You should independently prepare and submit an original technology development proposal (up to four pages). It should be relevant to the field of work of the group(s) that  you wish to join. The proposal should aim to develop new methods or technologies or to improve existing ones, which can then be applied to answer various scientific questions from life science researchers as part of a service, and which can be integrated into research infrastructures. The proposed project should not be of local interest only, but should have sufficient potential for international transfer.

Before you plan the proposal, you should select one or more EMBL groups which you would like to join. You should contact them to get an overview of their field of work and of current and future activities in these groups or teams. They are looking forward to your email. If you have any questions about project proposal, please write to us at arise@embl.org

Evaluation of your application

For evaluation of your application and your presentation on the interviews, we use the points system that is often used by Marie Curie programs. We evaluate:

  • your professional excellence, previous achievements and impact you made on your field of work,
  • the excellence of the project you proposed, it’s quality and novelty and fit with the team of the host and eventual secondment host,
  • potential of the proposed project to be included in the service offers of the RIs and what would be the expected impact of such service.

Evaluation criteria and point system we use are described in the Guide for applicants (see link above).

Redress procedure

Applicants can appeal after any of three cut-off points: eligibility check, evaluation of their written application by the Evaluation Board, and personal interviews.

A dedicated email address, arise-appeal@embl.org, is available for official complaints or formal appeals. This will be accessible only by the Advisory Committee, which is bound by strict confidentiality.

The ARISE Advisory Committee will investigate the validity and significance of the allegations. If significant irregularities in the procedures are found, the Advisory Committee will devise a corrective measure for the current application (e.g. re-evaluation) and future selection rounds. In general, however, the decisions of the Evaluation Board, the interview panel, and the interviewers from the ARISE groups will not be overruled.

Protein Expression and Purification Lab. Credit: Kinga Lubowiecka/EMBL
Genomics Core Facility. Credit: Kinga Lubowiecka/EMBL

Learn more

Further information on the programme can be found in the following sections.

Program Overview

Read about support and training that ARISE fellows get

Hosting groups

Here you can see which EMBL groups offer to host ARISE fellows

How to apply

Here is the information on how to apply to join ARISE and EMBL


Who to contact and how to get in touch.

ARISE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 945405.

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