Vienna summer internship

Vienna summer internship

Vienna summer internship is designed to provide exceptional undergraduate and master’s students with valuable training in cutting-edge scientific technologies at research centers and laboratories in Austria.

مقدمة عن المنحة:

The Gregor Mendel Institute (GMI) is a prestigious research institute dedicated to fundamental studies in plant biology. Established in 2000 by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, under the leadership of Prof. Dieter Schweizer, its primary mission is to advance research excellence in plant molecular biology. GMI stands out as the sole international center for basic plant research in Austria and is among the very few worldwide.

The research conducted at GMI spans various facets of molecular biology, encompassing investigations into fundamental epigenetic mechanisms, cell biology, interactions between plants and pathogens, developmental biology, and population genetics. While the main model organism employed in most research groups is Arabidopsis thaliana, the institute maintains a strong emphasis on fundamental biology and examines a diverse array of organisms. For more detailed information on their work you can visit our website.

Vienna summer internship

Located near the heart of Vienna, the GMI is an integral part of the esteemed Vienna BioCenter, renowned as one of Europe's foremost hubs for life science research. Within the same building, GMI shares space with another ÖAW institute, the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), and neighboring research establishments such as the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) and the Max Perutz Labs Vienna, a collaborative institute of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. The Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities (VBCF) provide essential services, including high-throughput plant phenotyping and next-generation sequencing.

The institute fosters a vibrant, international work environment, with a diverse community of approximately 130 individuals hailing from over 70 countries. English serves as the primary working language.

Overview about Vienna summer internship

Vienna summer internship is tailored for students aspiring to pursue a Ph.D. Vienna summer internship offers ambitious young scientists the chance to engage in state-of-the-art research at one of Europe's top life science research hubs. Successful applicants will become fully immersed in a research group and play a significant role within the close-knit GMI community.

Vienna summer internships are highly competitive and designed for students who have completed or are nearing the end of their bachelor's program, as well as those currently enrolled in a Master's program seeking a suitable institute to conduct their thesis research.

At the GMI, research covers a wide range of subjects, including molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, alongside biochemistry, evolution, and quantitative and population genetics.

Furthermore, besides being integrated into a research group at GMI, the interns will actively engage in various activities such as journal clubs, progress meetings, social gatherings, and diverse mentoring events

تفاصيل المنحة:

Duration: From three to six months, depending on the laboratory and research project

Language: English

Location: Austria

Countries: Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, all countries of the world


Benefits of the Vienna summer internship:

  • A competitive salary package.
  • Travel expenses for international students.
  • Support and guidance for career advancement and opportunities to pursue a Ph.D.
  • Comprehensive training in conducting scientific research at the utmost level of excellence.
  • Full integration into a research group, with unrestricted access to GMI's core research facilities

eligibility criteria:

To be outstanding students who have completed or are in the final year of their bachelor's program, and students enrolled in a master's program seeking a laboratory to host them for the practical part of their master's thesis.


  • An academic CV summarizing academic training and past internships (maximum 2 pages).
  • A cover letter comprising three components: (i) a description of previous research experience, (ii) the preferred GMI research group for joining, and (iii) an explanation of the selection of the research group (maximum 1 page).
  • Contact information of two referees, with one being a mentor who supervised a previous research project

How to Apply:

Applications should be sent as a single PDF file (Surname_Name.pdf) to internships(at)


There are two application deadlines each year.

  1. Summer internships, the application deadline is April1st and the students are expected to start in the following June or July.
  2. Winter internships, the application deadline is December 1st and students are expected to start in the following February.

The duration of the internships will be decided by individual groups but is expected to be between three and six months

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