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Messages from the Co-Directors of the FEMS Summer School for Postdocs:

Dear Potential Students, it is my great pleasure to invite you to participate in this year’s Summer School for Postdocs. I’ve always believed that it’s easier to think out-of-the-box when you are not in the box and MedILS is the perfect setting for that! Our meeting will be a great opportunity to talented young scientists such as yourself, to meet with expert and highly talented scientists such as my co-director, Prof. Graham Walker, and socialize in a setting that promotes scientific and intellectual growth. Hoping to see you this summer. – Prof. Miroslav Radman, MedILS

I am excited about participating in the upcoming 2019 FEMS Summer School on “Biological Robustness: Evolution of Bacterial Resistance to Death” that will be held at the Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences (MedILS) in Split, Croatia. My co-director, Miroslav Radman, has been a true pioneer in this area of research throughout his career and we will be joined by an outstanding team of highly accomplished expert scientists. The topics that will be covered are important and topical and should expand your intellectual horizons. Moreover, the meeting will provide many opportunities for you to get to know both the mentors and your own peers. I encourage you to apply and will look forward to meeting you in person in August! – Prof. Graham Walker, MIT


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 2014 – 7 September 2019).

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 will open on 15 December 2018
  • the deadline for applications is 23:59 on 15 March 2019
  • final decisions on applications should be made by 31 March 2019
  • applicants should receive the outcome of their applications by 15 April 2019
  • online registration for successful applicants will open 15 April 2019
  • online registration for successful applicants will close 15 May 2019
  • the Summer School will take place from 28 August to 7 September 2019

Successful applicants will work collaboratively according to FEMS 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.

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