Undergraduate Summer School


Every year, IGC organises a Summer School for motivated undergraduate students interested in life sciences. Students are given an overview of science at the IGC, attend seminars and develop a research project in a scientific laboratory, being introduced to the stepping-stones of a researcher’s career.



  • 21/02/2022 – 31/03/2022: Call Open
  • 25 – 29/07/2022 : Seminars
  • 01 – 31/08/2022 : Internships
  • 08/2022: Science Communication Workshop
  • 31/08/2022:  Final presentation


Programme (25-29 July)

This year’s summer school will return with a mixed format with 32 students online and up to 16 selected for the in-presence format.
The program will thus be mixed. Mornings will offer hands-on activities for the in-presence students: from collecting samples to studying them in various IGC facilities. Afternoons will offer zoom interactive sessions including short seminars to all the 32 selected students. These will include an introduction to IGCs Labs and participatory discussions with PIs and Alumni, with research topics ranging from ecology, evolution and theoretical biology to cell cycle development and host-microbe interactions. The last afternoon will host three speakers addressing future challenges to science, from International networks to the challenges of the ongoing Biodiversity Crisis, or the unanswered questions of Immunity.


Programme (1-31 August)

Selected students will join a lab for their summer placement.


Who can apply

We welcome undergraduate students from any scientific background (e.g., biology, biochemistry, mathematics, medical science, engineering and physics) who are motivated and interested in life sciences.


How to apply

You can apply for seminars only or both seminars+lab internship. There are limited spaces for both options.

Applications accepted exclusively in English via the online platform.

Please note:

  • All academic, personal information and a motivation letter should be completed in the platform. No CVs attached please.
  • Please state clearly whether you are applying for seminars only or seminars + lab internship.
  • When applying for a lab internship please state a choice of two labs in order of preference.



All candidates may apply for a fellowship to cover travel and/or accommodation expenses (except for candidates residing in the Lisbon area).

*Note: Participation in the Programme does not imply any contractual relationship with IGC.


IGC Summer School 2022 hosting labs


Internships for undergraduate students

In addition to our Summer School Programme, we encourage undergraduate students with a particular interest in one of our labs to contact our groups leaders directly and enquire about lab internships.







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Updated on 01 april 2022

Scientific Committee 
Lounès Chikhi
Marco Fumasoni
Pedro Faísca


Support from Advanced Training Unit
Ana Aranda da Silva
Patrícia Gomes


Summer School e-mail:
[email protected]
Tel. +351 214 464 549



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