UVA Visiting Research Graduate Traineeship Program
24.10. 2016

The Fulbright Commission invites applications from students of biomedical sciences (biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, etc.) interested in a traineeship in the USA, in the academic year 2017/2018 hosted by University of Virginia in Charlotteville, Virginia.

The Visiting Research Graduate Traineeship Program (VRGTP) offers 12-month research traineeships for outstanding, qualified students with recommendations from the Czech universities. The traineeships will be in specific laboratories spanning a broad range of area, such as cancer biology, immunology, structural biology, neurobiology and many others. Specific topics and offers will be made available to those students who successfully complete the first stage of the application, and are selected for in-person interviews.

This program is already well established in Poland, where it has operated for more than 10 years, and graduated well over 200 students. The Czech Fulbright Commission has been now approched by the University of Virginia, to promote and to organize a pilot project for the 2017/2018 academic year in the Czech Republic, along similar lines.

Scholarship Content

  • Opportunity to participate in important and attractive research problems
  • Scholarship in the amount of $28, 000 for the costs of living
  • Official assistance in obtaining F1 visa to the US (visa fees have to be paid by the student)
  • Medical insurance

Program Duration

12 months, starting date: June or July 2017


Students who wish to participate in the program in 2017/2018 must be currently in their second year of Master degree or in the first year of their PhD studies. They will have to retain the status of graduate students at their home institution during the tenure of the program.


  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written (exam is welcome but not required)
  • High academic standing (overall GPA for the BA and MA studies of 1,5 or above is recommended)
  • Basic laboratory skills in molecular biology and  cell biology (specialized techniques will be taught)
  • Prior experience in research (either in the Czech Republic or abroad)

Application (all in English)

Download and fill out all available templates and submit all required documents electronically in pdf.

All documents should be formatted as a single .PDF file, in the order (document name: NameSurname.PDF). In addition to required documents, candidates may attach other documents (up to 5) certifying English proficiency, experience in laboratory work, achievements, publications, etc. It is important that the document is called: NameSurnameSupplement.PDF.

Where possible, use the following templates (CV, personal statement, Institutional consent, contact sheet) please.

Application Deadline

January 9th, 2017

Selection Process

By January 20th, those students who will be selected for interviews in Prague, will be notified of the decision and will receive information about specific topics and laboratories interested in making a place available. The students will be notified about the exact time and place of the interview, which most likely will be in mid-February in the office of the Fulbright Commission in Prague. Interview travel costs are covered by the candidate.

The interviews will be conducted by Dr. Zygmunt Derewenda, the Director of the Visiting Student Program at the University of Virginia. Each interview will last app. 30-45 minutes and will aim to establish the best match for the student among the offered places. Successful candidates will be informed of the decision by March 1. An additional Skype inteview with the  prospective mentor may be necessary. Upon acceptance of the offer by the candidate, University of Virginia will send a package of documentation that will allow the student to apply for the F1 visa at the US Consulate.


February 10th, 2017,

premises of the Fulbright Commission, Karmelitská 17, Prague 1

Overview of successful projects in 2016-2017: zde

Contact and Further Information

For further information and application submission please contact Katerina Kloubova on kloubova@fulbright.cz