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Important Information about your application
Please read the following instructions carefully before applying at the end of this page:
Qualification: A Science Survival Kit Certificate will be delivered to all participants
who complete all introductory modules (equivalent of 20 ECTS, for the intensive 6 weeks program).
Please note that no university certified document can be provided at the moment. We hope that in the
future, the SSKSS may become a diploma-granting program. Check with your home university if you can be
nevertheless granted some credits.
Maximum number of participants: 15
Admission requirements: The candidates need to fulfil the following
- High motivation
- Completed high-school level education (baccalaureate, Abitur, Matura, etc.)
- The applicant may be enrolled as a student in an accredited university, but we welcome learners from
all walks of life. If you're unsure, get in touch with us!
- Proficiency in English language (CEFR level B2)
Fees and financial matters: Participation Fee is 1.500 EUR for the whole
six-week program. This covers:
- all lab supplies, field equipment and mentoring
- accommodation in shared two-bed rooms for six weeks
- lunches and coffee breaks on course days
Travel costs depend on your location, and can be estimated to 200-300 EUR if you are flying from Europe to
Participation fees may be lowered for exceptional candidates in need of financial support, but we kindly ask
you to explore all funding options available to you.
Funding opportunities: Here are a few funding options you may wish to apply
Foundation - supports and promots students from Germany and abroad
the World Travel Scholarships - $2,000 for US residents
- GoAbroad Travel Scholarships &
Financial Resources - check the database
- GotChosen $5,000 Social Network
Scholarship - international
- HSF Scholarship - from $500 to $5,000
for students of Hispanic heritage based in USA
- KILROY Foundation Grants
- 1500 eur for citizens of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden or Poland
- Leopold Schepp Foundation -
up to $9000 for US residents
- Mesothelioma - 2000 $ scholarship
for US college students who had an experience living with cancer or watching a loved one battle cancer.
- Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants and
Love of Learning - for Phi Kappa Phi members
- Shawn Carter Scholarship
Fund - for US residents
- StudySoup Future
Female Leaders - $2000 for women
- many UNCF SCHOLARSHIPS - check deadlines
and eligibility criteria
- Rotary Club
Scholarships - international
- WorldStamp Gap Year -
Scholarship Application - ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 for US residents
And finally, check your local, regional and national funding options - we may not speak your language well
enough to find these funding options for you.
A few more notes:
The program is delivered as blended learning, in a combination of e-learning, face-to-face lectures and
projects held in Split, Croatia. Field visits (institutes, museums, field trips) constitute an important
part of the program. Laboratory work and biology projects are costly and we are looking for low-cost but
sustainable solutions and we appreciate your contributions and good will to ensure the material is
preserved for future generations.
The SSKSS starts on July 15th 2019 and lasts until August 25th 2019. The last weekend is
taking place on the Island Brac, in Sutivan, where the basics of field work will be introduced.
A one week holiday period is scheduled from July 29 - August 5 2019. During this time the
participants may choose between a number of activities. Please note that, however, these activities are
not included in the price of the summer school.
About the application procedure:
Before you start the application process, please take the time to prepare your dossier, so you can easily
fill out the form without getting caught off-guard by a question!
What will you need for your dossier?
- Your CV (Resume): Please prepare your CV detailing your education and experiences so far. The document
should not exceed 2 pages and should be well organized. Have a colleague check it, a fresh pair of eyes
will always catch another typo you might have missed. Please only submit documents in PDF format.
- A Reference letter: Ask a mentor or professor to provide you a recommendation letter and please submit
it in PDF format.
- An oral presentation of a scientific concept recorded as a video: This video is an essential part of
your application. Please take a moment to develop an oral presentation (without visuals) about one
scientific concept. The video should be minimum 2 min and maximum 3 minutes long. We should see you
presenting clearly and hear your clearly. Please upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, or
some other service from which you can share with us an URL.
What questions can you expect?
Beyond the basics (Your name, birthdate, ...) we want to find out more about who you are, what your
intersts are and what motivates and excites you. Take some time to think about previous projects you've
worked on exchange semesters you've done and important experiences (academic and otherwise) you've made in
your life. Remember, there is no "wrong" way to answer these questions.
How will the candidates be selected?
Once the application window is closed we will collect all applications and first discard all incomplete
dossiers. We will then carefully read all applications and examine the dossiers. While academic
achievements are important we will focus our attention also on your ability to communicate clearly and on
your motivation to work in interdisciplinary and international environments.
Our aim is to gather 15 highly motivated participants from diverse backgrounds from around the globe. If
we didn't reach our goal at the end of the first application round we will open a second round to fill the
remaining spots. Don't miss your chance though, and apply as soon as you are ready!