Industry Placement Grants

Members of FEMS Member Societies can apply for our grants. Industry Placement Grants assist early career scientists in gain experience at a European host industry. Any industry, including non-laboratory work, can be considered as long as relevant for microbiology. These grants may be used to contribute to travel, accommodation and subsistence costs of making the visit. Support is limited to a maximum of €5000.

What are FEMS Industry Placement Grants?


Applicants should be active microbiologists, having obtained their highest degree less than five years prior to the application deadline date or be a PhD student*. They should be a member of a FEMS Member Society.

More information on this grant scheme are available on these slides. A detailed overview of the requirements for this grant can also be found in the FEMS Grants Regulations.

*periods of maternity/paternity leave, special leave or illness do not count toward this definition


Participating industries

Are you working in a company related to microbiology who is interested in hosting FEMS Industry Placement Grantees, or you know someone who might? Then you can express your interest or nominate them using this form.

Collaboration Portal

As an applicant, do you want to apply for an Industry Placement Grant, but do not have a contact within an industry yet? As a company, are you available to host applicants, but do not know where to find suitable ones? Then register on the Collaboration Portal, where applicants and host industries can connect to jointly create a work plan to apply for a grant!

Please note that registering on the Collaboration Portal is not necessary to apply for the grant; we created the Collaboration Portal to help applicants and industries to connect. Companies who have previously hosted grantees can be easily discovered by new applicants. Registering on the Collaboration Portal is worth it!

How to apply

Complete applications should be submitted on or before:

  • 1 February 23:59 CET for projects that will start within 12 months once granted
  • 1 August 23:59 CET for projects that will start within 12 months once granted

You can apply via our Grants submission system (open from 1 January 2022). In order to apply, you need a FEMS profile/account.

  1. Please create an account here or login with your credentials here.
  2. Once logged in to your FEMS profile, you can access the application forms for our Grants via this link.

You can also find the application forms at any time within your FEMS profile/account:

  • login to your FEMS profile
  • then under ‘Announcements’ click on the ‘Apply for a FEMS Grant’
  • select the grant you wish to apply for
  • fill in the form, save your progress and come back to and once you are ready – Submit


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