Bridging Excellence Postdoctoral Program 2024 – APPLY NOW

You can apply now for the Bridging Excellence Postdoctoral Program. The Life Science Alliance is extending an invitation to researchers keen on establishing connections between two prominent research institutions, engaging in cutting-edge technology, and cultivating a global presence.

Bridging Excellence Postdoctoral Program

Bridging Excellence Postdoctoral Program 2024

This program supports postdoctoral fellows conducting collaborative research between EMBL and Stanford University School of Medicine (SoM) and/or the School of Humanities & Sciences (H&S). Applicants are encouraged to propose impactful and creative collaborations involving at least one lab from EMBL and one lab from Stanford SoM or H&S.

Leveraging the resources of these two leading institutions allows participants to gain valuable experience in two distinct research environments, fostering the development of a global profile.

Fellows can access researchers and technology at both sites, in addition to benefiting from top-notch postdoctoral training opportunities.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Standard 3-year EMBL/Stanford postdoc stipend, including family and social security benefits.
  • 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 welcome researchers of all nationalities, genders, and scientific backgrounds. Applicants should be prepared for international mobility and embrace the role of being an ambassador for transatlantic science.

PhD completion within the last two years is a requirement, and current PhD students may apply if the degree is awarded before taking up the fellowship.

Fellows with past or current employment at EMBL/Stanford can also apply, ensuring it complies with the maximum postdoctoral fellowship employment limit.

Application process

  • Develop a proposal with at least one EMBL Group/Team Leader and one faculty member from Stanford University School of Medicine or School of Humanities & Sciences.
  • Proposals should outline a creative, high-impact collaboration, showcasing how the project draws on the strengths, expertise, or technology available in each lab.
  • Follow the application steps outlined in the applicant guidelines, including downloading the application form.
  • Establish contact with potential EMBL and Stanford supervisors.
  • Submit the completed application form and supervisor confirmation letter via TalentLink by January 27, 2024, at 11:59 pm CET.
  • Ensure referees submit a letter of recommendation by February 10, 2024.

Applications submitted outside the TalenLink recruitment system will not be considered, and proposals not using the designated application form will be deemed ineligible.

Each applicant is limited to one submission per call. The application deadline is March 8, 2024. For additional information, click here.

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