School of Molecular
and Theoretical Biology


Dear All,

We are delighted to open the call for applications to the School of Molecular and Theoretical Biology 2020. Applications are accepted from November 15 until midnight EST on January 9, 2020. Since 2016, SMTB is generously supported by the Zimin Foundation.

The School will take place from 2 to 18 August, 2020 in Poznan (Poland) at the Faculty of Biology of Adam Mickiewicz University.

Participation is free of charge for all accepted students. It includes living expenses, medical insurance for those traveling from outside the EU and all materials required for lab work. We ask parents to cover traveling costs to Poznan where the School will take place. We realize that for some applicants the cost of transportation may be prohibitive. In that case, at the time of application we ask you to indicate that you will need additional financial aid for transportation. Should you be accepted to the School, the Zimin Foundation will offer partial or, in exceptional cases, the entire cost of getting to our school.

Lodging will be organized in one of the dormitories of the Adam Mickiewicz University with faculty and students living in the same building.

More details about SMTB season and FAQ can be found on our website. Information about financial support can be found here.

To apply you will need to create an account on our website or, if you applied to SMTB previously, log in to your account using the email address you used in the past.

Application consists of the main application form in English or Russian and a letter of support, which must be submitted to us independently from the main application. All application materials, including the required letter of support, must be submitted up to and including January 9, 2020. The support letter must be written and submitted by another person, nominated by the student. We recommend to ask someone to write the letter plenty of time before the deadline. Once you find someone to write a letter on your behalf, you can send an official invitation to submit the support letter through the application system - even before submitting the main application form.

We ask all students to familiarise themselves with the admission rules, general features of the school and F.A.Q. on our website prior to submitting their application. You can submit your application either through the Russian-speaking or English-speaking track. We typically accept more applications from the Russian-speaking track. However, the competition is equally intense for applications submitted in Russian and in English because we receive more applications in Russian. While you can choose which language to apply in, you will not be able to submit two applications. If you are accepted to SMTB, you will have the same opportunities at the School regardless which track you have been chosen through, the Russian-speaking or English-speaking one. However, please keep in mind that SMTB organises additional programmes for SMTB alumni who submitted applications in Russian. These programmes might not be available for the alumni admitted to the school via the English-speaking track.

To participate in SMTB 2020 the students will require a valid travel passport. Some non-EU students will also require a Schengen visa. The lack of a visa and travel passport at the time of application should not affect anyone’s decision to apply. There will be plenty of time to receive a passport after the admission decisions for SMTB are sent out. The SMTB staff will offer all the necessary support and paperwork and, whenever appropriate, will offer financial assistance to cover the costs of the visa application fee and the travel to the nearest visa service center.

The School of Molecular and Theoretical Biology does not discriminate, in the admission process or otherwise, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other potentially discriminatory factors or circumstances.

We strive to present an equal opportunity for all applicants. Inquiries regarding the application process or other aspects of SMTB can be addressed to us through our email or by telephone to our Manager Anna Puzyreva (+7-926-2548553), Vice Director Maria Gavryushina (+7-903-7529650), or to our Scientific Director, Fyodor Kondrashov (+43-664-88326214).

SMTB Admissions Committee