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Applications are now open for the Vienna BioCenter Summer School in Austria 2023 Programme in Austria.

This is a 9-week Research Program for Life Science Undergrads at one of Europe’s leading Research Centers

The Vienna Biocenter Summer School provides a unique opportunity for approx. 20 undergraduate students to work side by side with leading researchers in a dynamic scientific environment.

The 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 last Friday of August (or 31 August) each year.

Research Project

Each fellow will be allocated a faculty member, with whom they will work closely. 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, journal clubs and other activities.

Participating Labs/Open Positions

The Vienna Biocenter Summer School has 19 labs from many different disciplines taking part in this year’s call. 

A diverse range of research projects are available in: Molecular biology, neuroscience, immunology, bioinformatics, RNA biology, stem cells, and biochemistry. 

Application Details & Benefits

Selected fellows receive numerous benefits  e.g. free student accommodation, a stipend of 1400 euros after tax for the nine-week programme, medical insurance and others.


Scholars will be housed free of charge in student accommodation. The complex features modern rooms that are internet enabled, fully furnished, and have a shared bathroom and kitchen.

Other Benefits

  • Free student accommodation
  • Each student will be awarded a stipend of 1400 euros after tax for the nine-week programme

  • Medical insurance is included in the contract for the nine weeks
  • A free travel pass providing unlimited use of public transport within Vienna for the duration of the scholarship

  • Reimbursement of travel costs to and from Vienna
  • Numerous social events

Application Information: Eligibility Criteria

You need to be studying a degree in a Life Science related subject and have one of the following:

Completed at least 2 years of a University study (e.g. 2-3 years of a Bachelor (Hons) study or 1 year of a Master study – by 30 June) as follows:

  • (i) In Year 3 of a 4-year BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) in a Life Science related subject
  • (ii) In Year 4 of a 4-year BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) in a Life Science related subject WITH an acceptance or intention to apply to a Master program (this will be checked later)

  • (iii) In Year 1 of a 2-year Master course, MSc in a Life Science related subject
  • (iv) In Year 2 of a US undergraduate Bachelor in a Life Science related subject
  • (v) In Year 2 of a 4-Year BTech (india) in a Life Science related subject

  • 3-months 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)

  • Important information for MD applicants.  MDs may only apply if they have completed 3-4years of their studies and have the relevant research experience, they must also intend to study a PhD in a Life Science related subject after completion of their current studies

Social Program

Applicants will be pleased to hear that the scientific program is complemented by an energetic social calendar.

This includes: An opening dinner, 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.

How to Apply

Applicants are invited from students (BA Hons, Master, MSc) from all around the world who are undergraduates/master students, and have completed at least two years of university study in a Life Sciences related study. 

Please check the relevant criteria and the link to the application form.

Application Procedure/Timelines

 Interested students should complete the online application form. When applying applicants will be asked to specify the names of three lab heads in their order of preference.

 While there is no guarantee that an applicant will be assigned to one of these labs, Vienna BioCenter Summer School will make their best efforts to do so.

 You will also be asked to detail your educational and research experience.


  • Call opened 1 December 2022 closes 31 January 2023 (2359 CET)
  • Results are published 15 March
  • Summer School starts: 1 July (or last Friday in June)
  • Summer School ends: 31 August (or last Friday in August)

Dates are subject to change

Questions and Contact

The Vienna BioCenter Summer School receives approximately 3000 applications per call for this world-renowned school. 

Due to the number of enquries they receive please check the Frequently Asked Questions before contacting the administrator.  However, if there is a query that cannot be resolved you may contact them here.

Note: The Vienna BioCenter Summer School does not charge an application fee and welcome applications from students (BA Hons, Master, MSc) from all around the world who are undergraduates/master students, and have completed at least two years of university study in a Life Sciences related study. 

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