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Spanish National Cancer Research Centrer Summer Training Programme for Undergraduate Students

Publish Date: Jul 28, 2014

Deadline: Oct 26, 2015

The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre  (CNIO; Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas),  in Madrid, Spain,  offers research  training opportunities to  students  of all nationalities interested in pursuing a research career in the Biomedicine and Life Sciences.

Up to 10 summer training  positions will be awarded during 2015 to undergraduate university students of biomedicine-related studies in any country.

Information about the CNIO and its Research Groups, Sections and Units can be found under the “Scientific Programmes” section on our website: Additional information can be found in the Scientific Report ( ).




1-  You must have passed at least 2/3 of the total credit points (courses or  exams) required for a Life Sciences or Biomedicine-related undergraduate degree (in any country).

2-  You must have an excellent academic track record  with a Grade  Point Average (GPA) above 0.75 (with your GPA as the numerator  and the highest possible GPA as the denominator).

3-  You must have a good knowledge of English.

4-  You must be available from June 22 to August 14 (8 weeks) to attend the training programme.  If  you cannot  be at the  CNIO  during this period, you will not  be eligible for the programme.



Only online applications will be considered.  To apply go to and complete the application form, choosing three laboratories in order  of preference. Please attach your CV in pdf format; doc and rtf formats are also  accepted. Please note  that the size  of  this document  must not exceed 1MB.

 Only shortlisted candidates will be asked to send the following documents by e-mail to

  1. Two letters of recommendation
  2. Copy of an official Transcript of  Records, Academic Transcript or  Certification, stating the number of credits passed
  3. Copy of the National Identity Card or Passport
  4. Proof of  having  a valid  health  insurance,  whether  public  or  private,  during  the whole summer  stay. Citizens from countries issuing  the  European Health Card (EHC), including Spanish nationals, must present this documentation.

It is highly recommended to have these documents prepared in advance.



The training programme will run from June 22 to  August 14, 2015 (8 weeks), and will consist of 320 working hours–  the actual timetable will be mutually agreed on by the students and the programme director. The intensive nature of the programme requires a full-time commitment (40 hours per week) from the participant. Students are required to participate in all scheduled activities.

Each student  will be working under  the  supervision  of a group/section/unit  leader or  a member of the research group. Participants will attend a series of weekly seminars given by faculty members and researchers  from the CNIO. Students will be required to present the results of their research in a special session to be held at the end of the programme.

Participation  in  this  programme   implies acceptance  of  all   of  the   CNIO’s  internal regulations and rules, and of those of the group/unit and Research Programme to which the  student  has  been  assigned.  The  student  will accept  the  timetable  and  practical programme as outlined by his/her supervisor.

The CNIO will cover the student’s travel expenses: one return  ticket from the student’s home town to Madrid.

During the summer training programme, the CNIO will subsidize breakfasts and lunches at the centre’s cafeteria.

Students  will be covered  by a personal  accident  insurance  throughout  their  stay at the


Citizens from countries not issuing the EHC will be covered by a private health insurance and a repatriation insurance, except those  already having a valid health insurance during the whole summer stay.

Participation  in  this  programme  does  not  imply  any  kind  of  contractual  agreement between the selected candidates and the CNIO.

Upon completion of the training programme, the CNIO will issue a certificate stating the level of proficiency achieved by the student and indicating his/her area of training.

English is the working language.


Positions will be awarded on a competitive basis taking into consideration the student’s academic records  and motivation letter.   In case of  equal  merits, students  in their final year of studies will be given preference.

 Selected  applicants will be notified  at least  one  month  prior  the  beginning  of  the  stay. Results will also be published on the  web page

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