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 6 summer training positions will be awarded during 2018 to university students
undertaken undergraduate degrees within the biomedical Life Sciences in any country.
- You 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
- You must maintain your undergraduate student status throughout the whole
summer programme (June 25 to August 17, 2018).
- You 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).
- You must have a good knowledge of English.
- You must be available from June 25 to August 17 (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.
How to apply
To apply, visit this page and complete the application form, choosing three laboratories in the order of preference.
Attach your CV in pdf format; doc and rtf formats are also accepted. The size of this document must not exceed 1MB.
Deadline for applications: April 22, 2018
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to send the following documents by e-mail
- Two letters of recommendation
- Copy of an official Transcript of Records, Academic Transcript or Certification,
stating the number of credits passed
- Copy of the National Identity Card or Passport
- 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.
- The training programme will run from June 25 to August 17, 2018 (8 weeks), and will
consist of 300 working hours– the actual timetable will be mutually agreed on by the
students and the programme director. The intensive nature of the programme requires a
full-time commitment (37,5 hours per week) from the participant. Students are required
to participate in all scheduled activities.
- The CNIO will cover the student’s travel expenses: one return ticket from the student’s
hometown 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
- Citizens from countries not issuing the EHC will receive a private health insurance and a
repatriation insurance, except those who are already covered by a valid health insurance
during the whole summer stay.
For full details, view the brochure given here.