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 2019-20 are accepted until February 1, 2019.

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

– Karolina Stępień


The program lasts 11 to 12 months. Internship begins early July 2019, ends June 2020.

The BioLAB program is primarily an opportunity to participate in current important research projects under the guidance of experienced researchers. In certain cases the results of the research may also be used for an Master or doctoral thesis at your home university. In addition, the BioLAB Program’s participants receive:

A scholarship ($26,500 – $28,000) to cover living costs and full medical insurance.

Help in obtaining an F-1 or J-1 visa (the cost of obtaining the visa is covered 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 the last year of your bachelor’s or engineering studies, or are taking part in master’s or doctoral studies at a Polish university or research unit. You must also have active student status during the entire duration of the Program.

You are studying in a biological field (e.g. biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy).

You are fluent in English speaking and writing, especially in respect to scientific language (a formal exam is welcome, but it not necessary).

You have a passion for research and experience in laboratory work.

You have a high academic standing (Your average grade for your entire course of studies is a minimum of 4.0.).


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, transcript, cover letter, recommendation letter(s), home university consent.
  • The file should be named after the applicant’s name, e.g. Kowalski Jan.pdf.

Prepare additional documents (optional)

  • Candidates may attach a maximum of 5 additional documents proving knowledge of the English language, experience in laboratory work, achievements, publications, etc.
  • Attachments should be in the form of a single PDF file in the following format Surname Name Suplement.pdf, e.g. Kowalski Jan Suplement.pdf.

Fill out the application form

Fill out the application form, which is available at this link: The form should be completed in one step – so we recommend that you fill in the form only when you have collected all the required documents. It is not possible to send missing documents later.

The following documents should be attached to the application form:

  • Curriculum Vitae (download the template here).
  • A transcript of your entire course of study in English, along with the calculated averages for individual stages of studies (scores should be separate for bachelor’s and engineering studies, and separate for master’s).
  • At least one recommendation letter in English from an independent researcher.
  • A cover letter indicating, among other things, the topics that you are interested in (download the template here).
  • The consent of your home university, signed by the Dean of the Faculty and the candidate’s advisor (download the template here).
  • February 1 – This is the last day that you can submit your application,
  • Mid-February  – 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,
  • Mid-March – interviews (details will be provided soon). Travel expenses incurred to get to the interviews are the responsibility of the candidate.

Please visit Polish version of this page or our Facebook page for details about upcoming information sessions.

“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.


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!