Application process

Before you apply, please read carefully the information below and on the FAQ page. Check also our example application form to prepare your application.

1) Online Registration

Please register via the "Apply here" button below and provide us with:

  • your personal data, including your current university or institute affiliation and contact details
  • Contact details of at least two referees. Your referees should be senior scientists (group leaders or professors) and know you well, preferably having supervised you during a research project.

We cannot consider applications until we have received at least two reference letters. Therefore, please ensure that you contact your referees before registering to inform them of your intention to apply to the ISS. Additionally, please make sure that they will be able to provide a reference in time.

It is not possible to change your referees once you have completed the registration process. Your nominated referees will recieve a personalised link to the reference form. You will be notified by email when a reference letter has been submitted.

Importantly, once you have completed the registration form, you will immediately receive a link to your personalised online application form via email. Therefore, please make sure to check your spam folder if you have not received an email within an hour.

2) Online Application Form

Once you have registered, you will immediately receive a link to your personalised online application form by e-mail. The link is located at the end of the guidelines on how to apply. The application form will ask you to provide the information and documents listed below.

In the first step, you need to choose a password. It will allow you to access your application again in case you do not finish all steps of the application at once. Texts can then be pasted into the form as required. The application must be completed in English.   

Information required for application (click here to download an example):

  • Details of your degrees (BSc, MSc)
  • Details of any other post-graduate degrees, awards, honours or distinctions (description with a maximum of 250 words)
  • Details on any research stay abroad during studies
  • Details of past research experience
  • List of your publications (PubMed format) and your conference contributions (title of presentation or poster, date and location of the conference), if applicable
  • Which groups you are interested in working with; up to 5 may be selected. For an overview of the groups participating in the ISS 2023, please visit "Participating Groups & Scientists".
  • Motivational statement describing your interest in the ISS and your chosen groups (maximum of 300 words). 

You will be asked to upload the following documents in PDF format:

  • Curriculum vitae (max size 3 MB), including information on your:
    - education
    - previous research experience
    - internships
    - awards & honours
    - conference contributions
    - list of publications in international peer-reviewed journals (PubMed format)
  • A single file (max size 4 MB) containing:
    - University registration certificate that confirms your status as a student (if applicable)
    - University studies as far as completed (including certificates of qualification and transcripts of records)
    - High school certificate
    - Relevant extra-curricular activities or awards
    - English language test certificate (not mandatory, only if available)

If degree forms and records from your university or high school certificates are not available in English, we do not require authorised translations for this application. If you encounter any technical problems, please contact the ISS Team (e-mail).

3) Selection of participants

About 15-20 participants will be invited to the ISS 2023. Your application will be evaluated in a multi-level selection process and we kindly ask for your understanding that it may take about 6 weeks after the application deadline until we inform you of the final outcome.