Research Lab Internships

in person summer 2021


31 May – 23 July


2,800 EUR

€500 discount for partner universities


15 April

About summer programme

Masaryk University, in collaboration with CEITEC one of the strongest research institutions in Central Europe, stands apart from other universities as a place to learn. Drawing on these achievements and also enhancing its dynamic place, it opens up its research facilities to undergraduate or graduate foreign students for an intensive summer research internship.  

Incoming students will be required to work at least 250 hours (8 hours a day, 4 days a week, 8 weeks in total) on a specific project assigned and supervised by local faculty members.

In addition to this, there will be an accompanying cultural programme that will introduce the Czech Republic and the Central Europe to the participating students. The program will consist of lectures and seminars on the given topic, movie screening, concerts, shows, museum and historical sites visit, as well as in-town and out-of-town excursions. Finally, there will be three-day trips to the regional capitals (Prague, Vienna and Budapest) where students will be able to understand the Central European context to the Czech identity. Each trip will be organized by Masaryk University, and transportation, 2-nights accommodation as well as the professional tours and cultural program will be arranged.

There will be an Orientation, 24/7 on-site assistance, local student assistant at the residence, as well as access to the libraries, cafeterias, PC labs, and available gym facilities for the whole duration of the program.


Academic Overview and Projects

Students are required to spend 250 hours in the lab and present a final project at the end. Students apply for one of the projects below. 


Name of project Field Other information Available
Palatinose in food and food supplements Biochemistry, analytical chemistry, sugars Interest in Chemistry/biochemistry/analytical chemistry/biology No
Isolation of secondary metabolites from plant material Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry Basic laboratory skills and Basic knowledge of work with scientific literature sources

Synthesis of new potential inhibitors of bacterial CA Medicinal chemistry Knowledge of organic chemistry; Basic skills in laboratory No
Synthesis of nanosponge-like materials Nano materials Interest in chemistry or physics, Basic laboratory skills Yes
Isolation of chemical constituents of Sorbus domestica fruits with potential antidiabetic properties Phytochemistry Basic knowledge about chromatographic techniques (TLC, CC, HPLC) Yes
Occurrence and species diversity of wild and semi-wild orangutan parasites Parasitology Experience with coprological and molecular analyses Yes
Biostatistics and bioinformatics methods in phenotypic data analysis in biology and agriculture Biostatistics - Bioinformatics Interest in computational statistics, Basic programming experience preferably with R/Matlab/Python Yes
Applications of Generative Adversarial Networks for Improved Biomedical Image Classification Machine Learning Good programming skills in python or Matlab
Previous experience with machine learning is desirable
Moravian Anabaptists – What can bones tell us about them? anthropology Anthropology and related fields, archaeology, biology, genetics Yes
Functional characterization of RASAL3 protein in T lymphocytes Cell and molecular biology Students of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry or related fields No
Study the effectiveness of anticancer drugs Analytical Chemistry, Pharmacy some experience work in a chemical laboratory, interest in research work Yes
3D models for chronic liver toxicity assessment Toxicology in vitro Highly motivated student with interest in toxicology and/or in vitro biomedical research

Students from biology, chemistry or ecology and similar fields of study are welcome
Wastewater reclamation for agricultural use - complex assessment of the efficacy of advanced wastewater treatment methods Environmental chemistry and toxicology, wastewater treatment technology Basics of analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, toxicology, and microbiology. Yes
What is included in the cost?

Cost: The cost of this program is €2800, with a €500 discount for partner universities.

Tuition includes:

  • Tuition for the summer school
  • Transportation for the weekend trips (Prague, Vienna, Budapest)
  • Accommodation on weekend trips
  • Academic trips
  • Opening and Closing receptions
  • Culture activities around Brno

Not included:

  • Accommodation in Brno
  • Meals

Students should budget an additional €1500-2000 depending on their spending habits for food in Brno (breakfast, lunch, dinner), weekend trips (lunch and dinner) and fun "optional" activities in Brno, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest (the underground labyrinth in Brno, Budapest baths, bars, etc.) in addition to the cost of accommodation.

Life in Brno

Brno is a great place to live, even if just for a short period of time. As a student city (1/5 of the population are students) and an international city there is always something to do, and the Czech language isn’t a barrier. This means that exploring cafes, teahouses, restaurants and the local sites is easy, even without our amazing assistants. However, because we want you to get the most out of your experience, we have a team of local Czech students to show you their favorite things in Brno!

Best Cafes for coffee and tea
Best Restaurants
Favorite Places in Brno to relax


The team of professional and local students provides the 24/7 assistance from the practical and safety arrangements to creating a rich cultural program helping the participants to understand better culture of Moravia and Central Europe in general. This support is provided both in Brno, as well as on all the field trips. Moreover the staff is trying to assist with creating social activities that aims at enhancing the mutual cultural exchange and understanding.


The housing is not included in the cost of the programme, however the assistance with identifying and arranging the right type of housing. Unless you are interested in the private accommodation, the easiest and the most affordable is to stay at the university Residence Halls. This is a great opportunity to see how student housing is different all around the world (or is similar, depending on what country you are from!).

On the field trips, accommodation is part of the program fee and it is usually arranged at low end hotels or the equivalent. Students are usually accommodated in ensuite rooms with three beds.

How to apply

Please follow this link and choose the correct programme. Do not forget to include all the necessary information (and documents if requested) including writing a short statement of purpose. Please specify there what project(s) you are interested in and why (it is worth to have at least one alternative to the favourite one). After you finalize your application, we will pass it on the respective project supervisor. After their approval we will contact you again: If the message is to let you know that your application was successful, you will receive a link to pay the program deposit (€300) and to discuss the further steps.

Requirements: some lab experience may be required, specific requirements are listed in the individual programme descriptions.

Student experience

My highlights were both the trips and the investigation. It was an amazing experience, I liked everything about the academic and cultural program.

Daniel Hernández Mota

Mexico, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente

Life in Brno...

The 'beach' in the city centre where students can sit with friends.
Make friends of a lifetime.
Experience Czech culture.
One of the fabulous cafes where students grab a bite to eat before class!

Travel to...




Watch the video:


Martin Glogar

summer school manager


Erin Anna Smith

summer school manager


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