FAQs

What is the deadline for applying to the ISS?

The deadline for applications is 20 April 2017. Before you apply, you first have to register on the online system by 12 April 2017.

Who can apply to the ISS?

We encourage applications from outstanding and enthusiastic undergraduate, Masters and PhD students who have been studying a life sciences subject at university for at least two years.  

Which nationalities are accepted for the ISS?

Applications are encouraged from students of all nationalities.  

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 end 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?

The ISS will cover the cost of your travel and accommodation throughout the course. You will just pay for your visa and any other living expenses, such as food and drink and local travel (if required), during your stay.  

Where will I be staying?

All ISS participants are offered free accommodation throughout the course. This will be within walking distance of your lab and will be well connected to the centre of Mainz (see Working & Living in Mainz).  

What is the success rate for applications to the ISS?

The success rate for applications is approximately 10%.

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.

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 ISS applications is usually known within 4-5 weeks of the application deadline.

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

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

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 Office.

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.  

Are there lab rotations during the ISS?

No, for your research project you will be in the same lab for the duration of the summer school. You can specify your preferred lab projects during the application process.  

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