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International Internship Opportunities
International Biotechnology Internships:

My previous article was focused on providing information about the Summer Internship/Training Opportunities for the Indian Students in India. This article will provide information on one of the most sought after opportunities-An internship "abroad"! Though, most of the Indian (and non-Indians of-course) students dream of going to a foreign University/Institute for a summer/winter internship, the dream remains a dream due to three reasons:

(i). Random application to scientists in randomly selected universities
(ii). If a random application somehow gets a response, then the idea is forgotten after knowing the 'expenses' for training and living in the foreign country!
(iii). Lack of knowledge about the annual "scholarship based" training opportunities in foreign countries.

Considering the fact that the first two problems actually arise because of the third problem basically, so the objective of this article is to let you people get rid of the ignorance about the opportunities that exist.

Every year, numerous global universities/government bodies open-up summer/winter internship opportunities for International students (some specifically for Indians only), that last for 2-6 months, with an aim to improve ties with the country, as well as to conduct a "student exchange program" that might enable their students to get exposed to their biotechnological research base and thrusts. Following is a brief on some of the most coveted scholarship based training opportunities, that can actually change the anatomy of a student's biotechnological career! :

1. Khorana Scholars Program
Khorana Scholars Program is probably the most revered and popular summer internship program, specifically designed for Indo-US students by the collaborative action of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) US, the Government of India (DBT), and Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), as a dedication to the Noble Laureate late Dr. Hargobind Khorana (world renowned Genetic Engineer). Every year nearly 30-50 Indian Students are exchanged with nearly 15-20 US students, for a 2 month Life Sciences research. The program is fully funded, including the traveling/staying expenses too! Apart from that, a healthy stipend is paid to the students(depending upon the institute you get selected into).

Application Starts:
 October Every Year

Application Ends: November  30 every year

Program Duration: Mid May-Mid July

Eligibility: Indian Scholars enrolled in M.Tech, B.Tech, or M.Sc.programs at any academic institution in India

Participating US Institutes/Universities:
 a) University of Wisconsin-Madison
 b) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 c) University of Iowa
 d) University of Michigan
 e) Michigan State University
 f) University of Minnesota
 g) Indiana University - Bloomington
 h) Georgetown University
 i) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 j) University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Click Here for Khorana Program Details

2. Laboratory Training Programme @ CNIO

The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO; Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas) offers summer research program to undergraduate students of any country in the world for a period of two months. It covers the travelling (airfare) and meal expenses of the students during their stay at CNIO. Upto 8-10 students are selected.

Application Starts:[/u]  February End Every Year

Application Ends: April every year

Program Duration: Mid June-Mid August

Eligibility: Open to undergraduate students of any nationality who are in their final two years of studies in the Life Sciences or related subjects (e.g. Biology, Biomedicine, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Bioinformatics).

Click here for CNIO Training Program Details

3. Summer Research Program @ EPFL
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland is a leading University of the world, with a highly reputed Life Sciences research base. Every year EPFL offers summer research program to the international undergraduate students of Life Sciences. A financial compensation for living and housing expenses are provided for all successful candidates, apart from the airfare expenses too. Upto 25 students are selected every year.

Application Starts:  November Every Year

Application Ends: January every year

Program Duration:July-August

Eligibility: Open to undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program in biology, physics, chemistry, bio-engineering, or computational sciences and plan on pursuing a career in the life sciences. Basic Life Sciences backgound is essential.

Participating Institutes:
   a) Brain Mind Instutute (BMI)
   b) Institute of Bioengineering  (IBI)
   c) Global Health Institute  (GHI)
   d) Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC)

Click here for EPFL Summer Research Program Details

4. DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange Service, which establishes academic research collaborations of various global Universities/Research centres with coveted German Universities under the DAAD authorization. RISE is one of DAAD's various scholarship based internship opportunities for the Indian Research groups, laboratories, professors, postdoctoral and PhD students employed by or affiliated with an accredited academic institution or a non-profit research institution in India. Scholarships are awarded to the successful candidates.

Application Starts:  October Every Year

Application Ends: November every year

Program Duration:June-October

Click here for DAAD RISE Details

Click here for Other DAAD Scholarships

5. Stanford-India Biodesign Intern

Stanford-India Biodesign is a result of collaborative funding of the Stanford University and DBT India, in bringing out the Biomedical Engineers and Designers in India. It is administered in New Delhi as a collaboration between Stanford University, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in partnership with the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF). A portion of the fellowship is spent at Stanford University and the remainder in India. The SIB fellows are offered training at AIIMS (New Delhi) with foreign trips during the training. Fellows receive tuition, stipend, and international travel support (for trips required for the fellowship.)

Application Starts:  March Every Year

Application Ends: June every year

Program Duration:Begins January Every Year for upto 4 months

Eligibility:  Open to advanced degree holders (including B.Tech with experience/related projects) and/or significant work experience. University faculty are strongly encouraged to apply.

Click here for Stanford-India BioDesign Details

6. University of Queensland Winter Research Program
University of Queensland, Australia offers Winter Research Internship to the undergraduate students of various fields (including Biology) from various countries of the world. A Winter Research Grant ($1,000) is offered to the selected candidates. Students can check available projects under the Faculty of Health Sciences as well as the Faculty of Sciences.

Application Starts:  February Every Year

Application Ends: April every year

Program Duration:Mid June-End July

Click here for Queensland Winter Research Details

7. ITRI Summer Internship
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan offers International Internship program to undergraduate students across the globe in the field of biological and engineering research. This program is open to graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled at accredited colleges and universities. A healthy stipend of NT $30,000-35000 is paid per month along with  free accommodation and accidental insurance.

Application Starts:  Jan-February Every Year

Application Ends: March every year

Program Duration:May-July & June-August

Click here for ITRI Summer Internship Details

8. University of Zurich Summer School

University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland offer the International Biology Undergraduate Summer School to the undergraduate students of the universities across the globe. The program covers travel expenses and housing costs of international participants.

Application Starts:  Jan-February Every Year

Application Ends: March every year

Program Duration:July Start-August End

Click here for University of Zurich & ETH Summer School Details

9. National Tsing Hua University Internship Program
National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan has a dedicated internship program for the 3rd year and above undergraduate students of IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, University of Delhi, Anna University, and IISc Bangalore, India. It's a 2 month all expense paid summer research internship program. It includes a Stipend of NT$5,000/month + Round trip airfare + Visa fees + Insurance

Application Starts:  November Every Year

Application Ends: December every year

Program Duration: Mid May-Mid July and Mid June-Mid August

Click here for NTHU Taiwan Summer Internship Details

10. International Summer Internship Max Planck Institute
The Max-Planck-Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany offers Summer Internship Program to students across the globe. Interns are provided with a stipend to cover their living expenses and accommodation in the institute's guesthouse.

Application Starts:  December Every Year

Application Ends: January end every year

Program Duration: May-September

Eligibility: Students in their 3rd or 4th year of study toward a Bachelor degree in Immunobiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Bioinformatics or related fields. Master degree students can also apply, but a valid certificate of enrolment is required.

Click here for International Max Planck Research Internship Details

So, these were some of the highly renowned and coveted internship opportunities, which are open to all Indian students (and most International students too). These are selection based opportunities, so they don't ask for payments, but rather provide the interns with stipends to cover all their expenses! I sincerely hope that this article will help you all, and I wish someone amongst the readers might land-up in one of the listed Universities for an internship program in near future!
All the best!
Sunil Nagpal
MS(Research) Scholar, IIT Delhi (Alumnus)
Advisor for the Biotech Students portal (
Computational Researcher in BioSciences at a leading MNC

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Nice Job, Sunil. its is quite an elaborate stuffs on the opportunities out there. Ekuse- meaning weldone.

Thank you for the elaborate information. For the abroad internship, are the GRE and TOEFL score necessary? ?
same samidha.....plz give a proper. way...???

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