School of Molecular
and Theoretical Biology


Dear All,

The application call to the School of Molecular and Theoretical Biology 2021 is now closed.

SMTB Admission Committee has sent the results of the admission to SMTB-2021. We received many great applications, about 7 for every place at the school. We had more than 130 interviews with candidates. Each applicant should have received an email with the decision of the Admission Committee. If you had applied to the SMTB-2021 but did not get an email, please contact us at our official email after checking your spam folder. The Admission Committee cannot comment on specific decisions or give feedback on specific applications.

We thank all of the applicants who took the time to apply and the individuals who wrote the letters of support for their application. We are also grateful to everyone who helped spread the word about SMTB and the ongoing call.

Due to the current pandemic situation we are not sure if SMTB is possible offline in 2021. If the situation improves, SMTB-2021 will take place at the University of Tartu in Estonia from 3 to 19 August, 2021. If not, SMTB 2021 will provide an online experience, similar to that we have done in 2020, that will start in mid-July and end in mid-August. The final decision, and the exact dates for the online version, will be announced in mid-May and will be communicated to the accepted students and their parents.

Participation is free of charge for all accepted students. In case the school is offline, 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 Tartu 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, the School will cover a part of, or, in exceptional cases, the entire cost of travel to Tartu.

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

If SMTB-2021 is online, we will do our best to help all students resolve all technical issues before the season starts.

To participate in SMTB-2021, in case it is offline, the students will require a valid travel passport or other document that allows students to enter Estonia and stay there during the school. Some non-EU students will also require a Schengen visa. 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.

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

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) or Vice Director Maria Gavryushina in Russia (+7-903-7529650), or to our Scientific Director, Fyodor Kondrashov (+43-664-88326214).

SMTB Admission Committee