BioLAB Program

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The BioLAB program is a one year, paid internship for students of the biological fields of study (e.g. biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy) at four selected American institutions:

 

The applications for the academic year 2018-19 are accepted until February 1, 2018. Competition for the 2019-20 academic year will be announced in November 2018.

“Participating in the program was the best decision of my life.”

– Karolina Stępień

Offer

The program lasts 11 to 12 months, from July, 2018 to June, 2019.

The opportunity to participate in important and attractive research problems. In some cases, a student will be able to use tests results for a thesis at his/her home institution. Participation in the program also include:

Scholarship in the amount of $26,500 – $28,000 for living costs and full medical insurance.

Assistance in obtaining F1 or J1 visa to the US (cost of visa has to be paid by the student).

Pre-departure orientation.

The reimbursement of travel costs (for Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation only).

Candidate’s profile

You are a student in a Master′s or Ph.D. program at a Polish university or research institution. Students who wish to participate in the traineeship must start at least summer semester of the first year of a Master degree program upon departure.

Your field of study is related to biological sciences (e.g. biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy).

Your English skills are fluent in speaking and writing, especially in the aspect of scientific language (formal exam is welcome, but not necessary).

You have a prior experience in laboratory work (both in Poland and abroad).

You have a high academic standing (GPA of 4.2 out of 5.0 or above is recommended).

Apply!

Check the requirements

  • Read all the information on this website carefully. If you have any questions, contact the Program Officer.

Prepare required documents

  • Prepare all documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • All documents should be formatted as a single .pdf file in the following order: CV, transcripts, personal statement, letters of recommendation, home institution agreement
  • Documents should be titled with your first name followed by your last name, e.g. Kowalski Jan.pdf

Prepare additional documents (optional)

  • Candidates may attach other documents (up to 5) certifying English proficiency, experience in laboratory work, achievements, publications, etc.
  • Documents should be titled with your first name followed by your last name, e.g. Kowalski Jan Supplement.pdf

Fill out the application form

  • Click here to open the application form: https://goo.gl/8yXJB1. You should attach all documents throw the application form.

To the application form you must submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (template .docx)
  • Transcript in English (all semesters with a calculated GPA)
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an independent researcher
  • Personal statement indicating candidate’s research interests  (template .docx)
  • Home institution agreement signed by the Dean of the faculty and the candidate’s promotor (template .docx)
  • February 1 – This is the last day that you can submit your application,
  • February 19 – First stage results. Selected candidates will receive an invitation for an interview,
  • March 5 – Deadline for candidates selected for interviews to submit their transcripts from the winter term,
  • March 18-19 – Interviews in Warsaw,
  • March 20-21 – Interviews in Kraków (date and place are subject to change). Travel expenses to the interview location has to be covered by the candidate.

“I consider time spent at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center  as the greatest adventure and the most important of my experiences so far”

– Martyna Kosno

Program BioLAB

The Visiting Research Graduate Traineeship Program started at the University of Virginia in 2001 under the leadership of Professor Zygmunt Derewenda. In 2006, the University of Chicago became the second host institution in the United States, followed by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in 2013 and University of Texas, Southwestern in 2014.

Since its inception, more than 200 students have participated in the program. Approximately 20% of the graduates of this program continued their studies at the Ph.D. level in the U.S., and another 20% were accepted to the top universities and research institutions in Europe, including Oxford, Cambridge, Max Planck and ETH. Overall, 90% of the students have continued their careers at Ph.D. level.

The contributions of students who have participated in the program are documented by numerous papers, which they have co-authored, based on the research they conducted in the U.S. In 2016, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation became the major coordinating center for the program.

Questions?

Program Officer

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

W takim wypadku konieczne będzie przesłanie dyplomu oraz transkryptu ocen ze studiów licencjackich/inżynierskich, a następnie dosłanie zaświadczenia o przyjęciu na studia – gdy tylko będzie ono dostępne.

List referencyjny powinien być napisany w języku angielskim. Najlepiej, aby jego objętość nie przekraczała dwóch stron A4. Zachęcamy do zapoznania się ze wskazówkami dotyczącymi pisania listów referencyjnych w „amerykańskim” stylu.

O wynikach pierwszego etapu zostaniesz poinformowany po około dwóch tygodniach od zakończenia przyjmowania aplikacji do konkursu. Otrzymasz wiadomość o tym, czy przeszedłeś do kolejnego etapu, czyli rozmów kwalifikacyjnych.

Tak, dyplom oraz suplement ze studiów licencjackich/inżynierskich oraz transkrypt ocen ze studiów magisterskich muszą zostać przesłane w jezyku angielskim. Jeżeli posiadasz dyplomy wyłącznie w języku polskim – musisz przekazać je do tłumaczenia przysięgłego lub poprosić uczelnię o wydanie tych dokumentów w języku angielskim.

Wzór CV, który jest dostępny na stronie konkursu jest dokumentem w formacie Word. Możesz go dowolnie rozbudowywać – ważne, aby zachowało swoją postać. Możesz wpisać tam swoje publikacje, staże oraz inne osiągnięcia naukowe/zawodowe. Pochwal się!