Education - International Training Course - Call for Applications


Applicants should have a university degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) either in natural or medical or agricultural or veterinary sciences. The official language of the course is English. Knowledge of English of the applicants should be appropriately documented. BRC will provide monthly stipend for the ITC fellows as well as free accommodation. Applicants providing their own sponsorship and/or bench fee will have preferences to be admitted to the course. The start of the courses of the academic years is adjusted to the start of the semesters at the Univesity of Szeged (first week of September in 2014) and lasts for 11 months. Application package (including the application form, the consent form – downloaded from this website – and the mandatory supplements as listed in the application form) should be mailed to the secretariat of the ITC. For the 2014/2015 academic year, printed and signed complete applications should reach the ITC secretariat before May 30, 2014. The filled application form (without the supplementary material) should also be sent as an MS Word file e-mail attachment to the ITC secretariat before May 16, 2014. The contact person of the course is Ms. Tímea Varga, from whom further information can be obtained (ITC Secretariat, Biological Research Centre, H-6726 Szeged, Temesvári krt. 62, Fax: +36-62-432-576, )

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It is highly recommended to contact the supervisor of the program of your interest before mailing the application, since you may be asked to be available for an (e.g. Skype) interview. The contact (email) address of each of the research projects is specified in the program details.

1. Analyzes of DNA repair proteins which contributes in the rescue of the stalled replication fork
2. Studying the role of the arabidopsis CRK protein kinase family in abiotic and gravitropic stress regulations
3. Drug targeting with nanoparticles across the blood-brain barrier
4. Synthetic oligonucleotide-directed mutagenesis for gene-specific genome editing in plants
5. How do the different plant-microbe interactions influence each other?
6. RHO(ROP)-GTPase-dependent kinase signaling in plants
7. Culturing and studying bacterial populations in microfluidic devices
8. Carcionegenesis and mutagenesis in human cells: molecular approach
9. New approaches for targeted DNA-methylation
10. Intensification of biogas production by microbiological means
11. Molecular basis of the blood-brain barrier function
12. Role of the blood-brain barrier in brain metastasis formation
13. The molecular architecture and regulatory roles of photosynthetic light-harvesting antennas
14. The membrane protein folding problem
15. Spectroscopy-based structural biology of membrane proteins
16. The role of polycomb protein Rybp in stem cell self-renewal and differentiation
17. Preparation of specifically labelled proteins by chemical methods
18. The effects of ascorbate on the oxygen-evolving complex during heat stress
19. Complex analysis of cyanobacterial cell fission
20. DNA damage tolerance in yeast
21. Interaction of nanoparticles and photosynthetic light energy converting systems
22. Role of singlet oxygen on photooxidative damage and regulation of gene expression in cyanobacteria
23. The nuclear functions of an actin binding protein
24. Porous silicon and protein based biophotonics


Ms. Tímea Varga
ITC Secretariat
Biological Research Centre, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
H-6726 Szeged, Temesvári krt. 62.
Fax: 36-62-432-576


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  • (i) Applicants should be under 30 years, in good health. Preference would be given for those who have just finished their university studies. The health condition of the applicants must be appropriately documented by an official health care provider, as indicated in the application form. Result of all of the listed tests has to be specified.
  • (ii) Applicants should hold a university degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) either in natural, or medical, or agricultural or veterinary sciences. Some BRC laboratories may have additional requirements which are specified in the description of the research topics.
  • (iii) Proficiency in both verbal and written English should be documented in the application. Elected candidates for BRC fellowships will not be admitted to the course whose scientific background or knowledge of English turns to be inappropriate after arrival. These fellows will be asked to leave the course and return to their home country. BRC does not organize language course for the applicants.
  • (iv) ITC fellows are advised to take part the course without accompanying family members since their fellowship possibly will not cover the expenses of spouses. BRC cannot provide accommodation for families. Fellows bringing their families should arrange their own accommodation and cover the living expenses of the family members.
  • (v) Successful applicants must obtain study visa at the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate in their home country (except those who belong to the European Union) before coming to Hungary. A Letter of Invitation will be issued for this purpose. Initiate visa application early enough due to the long (several weeks) turnaround time.
  • (vi) ITC fellows are expected to have a medical and accident insurance – arranged before their departure from home – which must be valid for a period of 2 weeks from the date of their arrival at Szeged. After this period their insurance will be arranged by the BRC. Students of the ITC will be covered by the “Studium” program of the insurance company called “Generali-Providencia” for accidents and health insurance with cost reimbursement. Please, be aware that the treatment of those conditions which emerged before the applicant’s arrival possibly will not be covered. (Details regarding the insurance can be found in the “Terms and Conditions” of “Studium” service financing health insurance displayed on the Notice Board & Website of the Foreign Students’ Secretariat of the University of Szeged:, under “General Information”)
  • (vii) ITC fellow should obtain a certificate from his/her local tax authorities declaring that he/she is currently resident for tax purposes in his/her home country. This certificate should contain the student’s personal data (name, permanent address, ID number, the name of the issuing authorities) and should state that he/she pays the taxes after any income in the home country. If the ITC fellow cannot provide this certificate, personal income tax and other fees, including social security tax, will be deducted from his/her stipend in Hungary.
  • (viii) BRC will provide accommodation in the ITC guesthouse, an apartment building with furnished apartments of 2-3 bedrooms, bathroom and a kitchen. ITC fellows are expected to share the apartments but will be provided with a room for personal use. This accommodation is free but the fellows are personally responsible for the inventory and for any intentional damage or misuse: the ITC fellows should pay the expenses of the repairs.
  • (ix) ITC fellows will receive monthly stipend from the BRC at the beginning of each month. This amount is about 70-75% of the income of a Ph.D. student in Hungary, however, considering the provided free accommodation, will cover modest living expenses for one person in Szeged.
  • (x) BRC does not provide travel support. ITC fellows will have to cover the travel expenses of a round trip between their hometown and Szeged/Hungary including all associated costs such as the fee of the visa, if needed. ITC fellows are expected to return to their home country after completing the ITC training.


March 17, 2014 topics of the International Training Course is announced
May 16, 2014 deadline for sending applications via email
May 30, 2014 deadline for arrival of mailed application packages
July 15, 2014 information to successful applicants
By September 1, 2014 ITC fellows arrive and accommodate themselves
September 2014 July 2015 ITC fellows work in host laboratories
September 30, 2014 individual research plans are prepared
September 2014 – December 2014 “Contemporary experimental Biology I.” “Modern Biological Research Methods I.” lectures and practical demonstrations
January 2015 written exam from the course of “Contemporary experimental Biology I.”
February 2015 May, 2015 “Contemporary experimental Biology II.” “Modern Biological Research Methods II.” lectures and practical demonstrations
June, 2015 written exam from the course of “Contemporary experimental Biology II.”
July, 2015 ITC fellows submit research reports and present results at a workshop, diploma ceremony
July 31, 2015 ITC fellows leave for home


The filled application form (without the signatures) should be sent as an MS Word file email attachment to before May 16, 2014. The complete application package, including the printed/signed application form, the signed consent form and all of the supplementary material should be mailed to:

Ms. Tímea Varga
ITC Secretariat
Biological Research Centre
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Temesvári krt. 62.

The application package should reach the ITC Secretariat at the BRC by May 30, 2014. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will be rejected without consideration.