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Applicants must be currently working in a postdoctoral position, or have completed a postdoc within a 5-year period before the end of the FEMS Summer School (i.e. during: 7 September 2015 – 7 September 2020).

Applicants are asked to provide:

  1. a CV
  2. a short letter of motivation (maximum 1 side of A4)
  3. a summary of their current and future research topics 
  4. a letter of support from their supervisor/manager

Applicants will be selected on the basis of the merit of their applications in the areas listed below. An additional selection criterion will be to ensure geographical variety, reflecting the FEMS membership base with representation of many European countries and for a cohort that reflects the diversity of the microbiological community.

  • quality and originality of their current and planned research
  • evidence of interest and ability in the field of microbiology
  • commitment to personal development
  • significance and potential value of proposed future research topics
Applications Portal

Applications are handled through the FEMS Grants Online application portal, the same system that members of our FEMS Member Societies can use to apply for any of our FEMS Grants. Applicants who are not part of a FEMS Member Society can still apply for the Summer School using this system, but not our grants. If you do not already have a FEMS online application account, then you will need to first create an account using the system provided.

Please follow the link below to access the applications portal:

FEMS Summer School for Postdocs Application Portal

Contact should you encounter any issues during your application.

  • The applications system opens on 15 December 2019
  • Deadline for applications is 23:59 on 15 March 2020
  • Final decisions on applications by 10 April 2020
  • Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their applications on 15 April 2020
  • The online registration for successful applicants opens on 20 April 2020
  • Online registration for successful applicants closes 15 May 2020
  • Summer School dates are: arrivals and opening 28 August, closing 6 September, departures 7 September 2020

Successful applicants will work collaboratively according to our values and policies in relation to diversity and creating a positive study environment. They will act as ambassadors engaging in FEMS and MedILS communications activities including, but not necessarily limited to, potential interviews, spotlights, or social media activity.


In our drive to streamline best practices, we have enacted policies that underpin the way FEMS as an organization does its work and interacts with its staff, the wider microbiological community, and the world. To ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect, all attendees to the Summer School will be subject to our policies on equal opportunities and bullying and harassment.

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