What is the deadline for applying to the ISS?

The call for the 2021 Online ISS is closed. Please, register by 12 May 2021 at 12 (noon) CEST. The deadline to complete your application is 19 May 2021 at 12 (noon) CEST.

Who can apply to the ISS?

We encourage applications from outstanding and enthusiastic undergraduate & Master's students who have been studying a life sciences subject at university for at least three years by the time of the ISS. Unfortunately, if you have already received a PhD or MD degree you are not eligible to apply.

Which nationalities are accepted for the ISS?

The ISS is an international programme and applications are encouraged from students from all over the world. However, due to funding restrictions, German students or students studying in Germany during the time of the ISS are not eligible for consideration. If you are in between your studies and you are living in Germany at the time of the ISS, you are also not eligible.

Do I have to be currently enrolled as a student to apply for the ISS?

No, this is not a requirement. The ISS is aimed at junior researchers who are between their last year of undergraduate study and the start of their PhD, and many participants take part in the ISS between their studies. If you are not currently enrolled as a student, you should have graduated recently.

How much does it cost?

There is no participation fee. Costs for the entire programme are covered.

What is the success rate for applications to the ISS?

The success rate for applications is approximately 5%.

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit to enter the ISS.

What is the working language of the ISS?

The official working language of the ISS and participating labs is English. 

Do I need to provide a certificate of my English abilities?

No, this is not a requirement. However, all activities throughout the ISS programme are carried out in English, so it is important that you are able to communicate in this language. We might check your English proficiency via Skype interviews a bit further into the application process if it seems necessary.

I am a Master’s student. Do I have to provide a transcript from my previous degrees?

Yes, please submit your current transcript, as well as your diploma(s) and latest transcript(s) from your previous degrees in one PDF file.

What do the registration and application forms look like?

You can find an example of the registration and application forms here.

Will I receive confirmation after registering online?

Yes. Once you have submitted your registration, you will receive an email with a personalised link to the application form.

Will I receive confirmation after applying?

You will receive an automated confirmation email after submitting your application online. If you do not receive a confirmation email upon completing the form, please remember to check in your spam folder.

When will I know whether my application has been successful?

The final outcome of the online ISS will be known within 4-5 weeks of the application deadline.

How many reference letters do I need to support my application?

You need at least two reference letters to support your application. Please ensure that we receive the reference letters by the application deadline.

Who can act as a referee?

Please choose referees who are able to judge your scientific knowledge and skills. This can be e.g. university teachers or supervisors from previous research positions. Please ask your referee(s) in advance whether they are willing to write a reference letter, since referees cannot be changed after registration.

How much time do the referees have to upload their reference letters?

Referees can upload their letters via the link provided until the application deadline.

My referee has not received an email with the link and the request to submit the reference letter for me. What should I do?

Please contact your referee to check if perhaps her/his spam filter has blocked our email. If this is not the case, please contact the ISS Coordinator.

Can I make changes to my application after submitting it?

No, unfortunately you cannot make changes after submitting your application. We advise that you prepare all the necessary documents and information in advance of uploading it to the application website.

If my application is unsuccessful, can I apply again for future ISS calls?

Yes, you are welcome to apply again. However, please note that our system will not save your application, so you will have to fill out the application form again.  


If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact our ISS Coordinator (email).