School of Molecular
and Theoretical Biology


The application call to the School of Molecular and Theoretical Biology 2022 is now closed. All complete applications with a letter of support will be evaluated by the Admission committee and the results will be announced individually to every applicant in approximately two months. In some cases, the Admission committee may request an additional video call or phone interview.

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 and Petrovax.

The continuing restrictions due to the pandemic do not let us be confident that SMTB can be held offline in 2022. If the situation allows, SMTB-2022 will take place at the University of Tartu in Estonia from 2 to 18 August, 2022. If not, SMTB-2022 will be organized online in two parts, similar to that we have done in 2020 and 2021. In this case the School will start in mid-July and end in mid-August. The final decision, and the exact dates of the online version, will be announced in the beginning of 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-2022 is online, we will do our best to help all students resolve all technical issues before the season starts.

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

To participate in SMTB-2022, 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.

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