Dates and deadline

The SUR Programme committee and the School of Biology are pleased to announce the opening of the online application to candidates from all around the world for the 2023 edition until January 31st, 2023 (midnight CET).


The SUR Programme 2023 will take place from July 3rd till August 25th and will only take place if the health situation allows it, according  to the recommendations of the FOPH (Federal Office of Public Health) and the Swiss Confederation.

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A cancellation at the last minute remains possible. In that case, travel expenses already paid by selected candidates will not be covered by the SUR Programme.

Selected candidates must ensure that they respect the applicable rules concerning entry into Switzerland Coronavirus: Entering Switzerland .

The SUR Programme will not cover the cost of any Covid testing (before, during and after the programme).

We kindly ask you to carefully read the following eligibility criteria.

Eligibility and Selection

The programme is aimed at students who are currently mid-way through their bachelor’s degree in any biological or medical field. Applicants who have completed only one year of an undergraduate degree or currently in their last year are not eligible. Master-degree or PhD students are not eligible.
We consider study in biology and medicine broadly, but applicants engaged in studies in physical therapy, nursery, dentistry or veterinary science will not be considered.


The programme is highly competitive and students are chosen based upon their academic record (typically GPA >3.75 or equivalent, and/or top 5% class ranking), personal statements, and letters of recommendation.


If your university does not use a 4-point scale, then include an explanation of your grading scale in the online application (under curriculum vitae B).


Students should have very good abilities in written and spoken English and must be present for the entire programme to participate. For organizational matters, we cannot change the programme’s date.


Selected participants will be informed via email about 6 weeks after the application deadline.


=> Before applying online, please carefully read the procedure below which will give you all the necessary indications, step by step.

Online application procedure

Then, complete the online application form available in this link and upload

  1. A document in PDF format providing information that will be used in the selection process. Please use the template available here (SUR Programme 2023 application questionnaire).
  2. Academic transcripts in pdf format (if not in English or French, and authenticated translation should also be submitted as part of the same transcript pdf document
  3. Two recommendation letters, which must be submitted by people familiar with your academic work (e.g., professors). During the application process, you will be asked to indicate the contact details of your referee.
    An automatic email will be sent to them asking to fill out the Recommendation letter template available here.

You will find on our website the potential host laboratories list in the UNIL Faculty of Biology and Medicine. In your application, you must select the lab in which you would like to conduct research.

Applications must be submitted by midnight CET on January 31st, 2023. Reference letters must also be submitted by this deadline.
ALL documents must be uploaded in the portrait format. Applications that are incomplete, late or do not respect the format requirements will not be considered.


Please address all questions to the SUR Programme Co-ordinator, Laurence Flückiger :

E-mail :
Tel: +41 21 692 40 17


For more information please open this link
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