Laboratory Summer Training Programme in Spain

Deadline:  24 April 2016
Open to: undergraduate students of any nationality who have passed at least 2/3 of the total credit points (courses or exams) required for a Life Sciences or Biomedicine-related undergraduate degree
Venue: 27 June- 19 August 2016 in Madrid, Spain


The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO; Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas), in Madrid, Spain, offers research training opportunities to students of all nationalities interested in pursuing a research career in the Biomedicine and Life Sciences. Up to 8 summer training positions will be awarded during 2016 to undergraduate university students of biomedicine-related studies in any country.

Each student will be matched with a specific laboratory based on the student’s interest and background. The student will be working under the supervision of the group/unit leader or a member of the research group. The participants will attend a series of seminars given by faculty members and researchers from the CNIO. Students will be required to present the results of their summer projects at the end of the programme.

The programme runs from 27 June to 19 August, 2016.


  1. Must have passed at least 2/3 of the total credit points (courses or exams) required for a Life Sciences or Biomedicine-related undergraduate degree (in any country);
  2. Must have an excellent academic track record with a Grade Point Average (GPA) above 0.75 (with your GPA as the numerator and the highest possible GPA as the denominator);
  3. Must have a good knowledge of English;
  4. Must be available from 27 June to 19 August 2016 (8 weeks) to attend the training programme. If you cannot be at the CNIO during this period, you will not be eligible for the programme.


  • The CNIO will cover the student’s travel expenses: one return ticket from the student’s home town to Madrid;
  • During the summer training programme, the CNIO will subsidize breakfasts and lunches at the centre’s cafeteria;
  • Students will be covered by a personal accident insurance throughout their stay at the CNIO;
  • Citizens from countries not issuing the EHC will be covered by a private health insurance and a repatriation insurance, except those already having a valid health insurance during the whole summer stay;
  • Participation in this programme does not imply any kind of contractual agreement between the selected candidates and the CNIO;
  • Upon completion of the training programme, the CNIO will issue a certificate stating the level of proficiency achieved by the student and indicating his/her area of training.

How to apply?

Only online applications will be considered. Please attach your CV in pdf format.

Only shortlisted candidates will be asked to send the following documents by e-mail to

  1. Two letters of recommendation;
  2. Copy of an official Transcript of Records, Academic Transcript or Certification, stating the number of credits passed;
  3. Copy of the National Identity Card or Passport;
  4. Proof of having a valid health insurance, whether public or private, during the whole summer stay. Citizens from countries issuing the European Health Card (EHC), including Spanish nationals, must present this documentation.

It is highly recommended to have these documents prepared in advance.

For more information please visit the official website.

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