The Vienna Biocenter Summer School provides a unique opportunity for approx. 28 undergraduate students to work side by side with leading researchers in a dynamic scientific environment
Our programme aims to attract talented students from around the world, creating a vibrant and diverse atmosphere. It is the perfect preparation for those students who are interested in graduate study in the life sciences arena. Applicants who are successful are provided with accommodation, a travel allowance and a stipend for the duration of the scholarship. The programme, starts on the last Friday in June and finishes on the the last Friday of August each year.
The school is a collaboration between five of Europe's leading research institutes: Research Center for Molecular Medicine (CEMM), Gregor Mendel Institute (GMI), Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) and the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL) and is generously sponsored by the Max Birnstiel Foundation.
How to apply
We encourage applications from students (BA, Master, MSc) from all around the world who are undergraduates/master students, and have completed at least two years of university study
To apply you need to have the following:
- Completed at least 2 years of a University study (eg. 2/3 years of a Bachelor study or at least 1 year of a Master study - by 30 June)
- Some previous research experience
- Good academic record
- High level of English language
- Evidence of enrolment in a University programme for the current academic year and the next year (if possible)
When applying applicants will be asked to specify the names of three lab heads in their order of preference. While we cannot guarantee that an applicant will be assigned to one of these labs, we will make our best efforts to do so.
Arrangements will be made for applicants from overseas to secure the necessary visas. Applicants should be aware that the working language of the institutes is English.
The website opens for applications at the beginning of December and closes on 31 January each year.
Successful applicants will be notified in the first week of March.
Each fellow will be allocated a faculty member, with whom they will work closely. A diverse range of research projects are available in: Molecular biology, neuroscience, immunology, bioinformatics, RNA biology, stem cells, and biochemistry. The research project will focus on a current topic in the allocated lab. Supported by a member of the laboratory the scholar will be expected to perform experiments, analyse data, generate ideas, and discuss their results. In addition to practical laboratory work the scholar will also take part in lab meetings and journal clubs.Social Program
Applicants will be pleased to hear that the scientific program is complemented by an energetic social calendar. This includes: An opening dinner, a visits to famous sites in Vienna, a trip to a heurigen, a final Summer School celebration and our regular Friday evening social hours and other campus activities.
Summer in Vienna
Vienna offers a rich cultural heritage, splendid museums, a plethora of art galleries, and a vibrant nightlife. With over 120,000 students, and hosting many international organisations the city is both diverse and eclectic. With its low rate of crime, superb public transport, and access to beautiful surrounding regions it is easy to see why Vienna is regularly ranked as one of the world's most liveable cities.