School of Molecular
and Theoretical Biology


The application call to the School of Molecular and Theoretical Biology is now closed. After a two-month pause SMTB Admission Committee has finished evaluation of all applications and sent the results of the admission to SMTB-2022. We received many great applications and had more than 120 interviews with candidates. Each applicant should have received an email with the decision of the Admission Committee. If you had applied to the SMTB-2022 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.

SMTB is supported by the Zimin Foundation with additional funding from the HHMI.

All details about the coming SMTB-2022 season will be communicated to the accepted students and their parents.

Participation is free of charge for all accepted students. In the offline version of the school, 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 the city 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.

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

For the online version of SMTB, we will do our best to help all students resolve all technical issues before the season starts.

To participate in the offline school, the students will require a valid travel passport or other document that allows students to enter the EU and stay there during the school. Some non-EU students will also require a Schengen visa. Whenever appropriate and possible, the SMTB staff will offer all the necessary support and paperwork and 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, our Vice Director Maria Gavryushina, or to our Scientific Director, Fyodor Kondrashov (+43-664-88326214).

SMTB Admissions Committee