APPLY: International Summer School 2017 (All expense paid)

IMB-International Summer School

APPLY: International Summer School 2017 (All expense paid)

Deadline: April 12, 2017


The ISS 2017 will run from 14 Aug – 22 Sep 2017.


The International Summer School (ISS) is a 6-week programme with a focus on “Gene Regulation, Epigenetics and Genome Stability”. It is coordinated by the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB).


The programme offers outstanding and enthusiastic undergraduate, Masters and PhD students from all over the world the opportunity to acquire excellent practical skills and hands-on training from leading scientists in molecular biology. If this describes you then please keep reading to find out more about the ISS and how to apply.


The International Summer School has a clearly defined and unique profile that will provide you with interdisciplinary education in the following fields:

  • Epigenetics
  • Gene Regulation
  • Genome Stability
  • Functional Morphology of the Nucleus
  • Systems Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Translational Research



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Research Groups participating in the ISS include Group Leaders at IMB, Johannes Gutenberg University and Mainz’s University Medical Centre.


Your travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the ISS.


If you have any questions about the ISS, please visit our FAQs page. You can also contact us using the details on the contact page.



To be eligible to apply for the ISS you need to have been successfully studying a Life Sciences subject at university for a minimum of two years. Students currently studying for a Masters degree or conducting PhD research can also apply.


The ISS is an international programme, and applications are encouraged from students of all nationalities. The international nature of the ISS means that the entire programme is held in English, so you need to be able to communicate in this language.


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How to Apply

The application consists of 2 steps:


Registration: provide contact details of yourself and referees. Once you have submitted this information, you will receive an email link to the online application form. Your nominated referees will also receive a personalised link to the standard reference form and upload page. You will be notified by email when a reference letter is submitted. It is important that we receive the reference letter(s) prior to the application deadline! Please make sure that you enter all contact data correctly since we cannot change it after your registration and emails are sent automatically by our application system.


Application: The application form will ask you to provide the information and documents listed below. As the form cannot be saved, we strongly advise you to prepare and save this information separately before you begin. Texts can then be pasted into the form as required. The application must be completed in English.


An example of the registration and application forms you need to fill in can be viewed here.


The online application form will ask for:

  • Personal data, including your address and contact details
  • Curriculum vitae
  • University registration certificate that confirms your status as a student (if applicable)
  • High school certificate
  • University studies (including certificates of qualification and transcript records)
  • Extra-curricular activities or awards
  • A motivational statement describing your interest in the ISS


Please note that your documents should be uploaded as 2 PDF files:

  • CV, max size 3 MB
  • Education certificates, max size 4 MB


Certificates or copies of your University records are preferred in English. However, if not available from your University authorised translations are not necessary.


Keep an eye on our webpage or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for further updates.



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Important dates: 

  • 13 February 2017:  Opening of the call
  • 12 April 2017:  Deadline for registration (12:00 CET)
  • 20 April 2017:  Deadline for application (12:00 CET)


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