How to Apply

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Dates and Deadlines

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organising committee of the SUR programme and the Director of the School of Biology have taken the difficult but sensible decision to cancel the SUR 2020 programme planned from July 6th to August 28th, 2020.

The online application for the SUR Programme 2021 will open next November.

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 are not eligible.

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). Differences in grading scales will be taken into consideration, but you must be in the top 5 % of your class.

Students can be of any nationality and be studying in any country, but should have very good abilities in written and spoken English.

Students 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 4 weeks after the application deadline.


A listing of all courses with grades taken at the university level is required in the online application. In addition, an official document of your transcripts, saved in a Word, JPG or PDF format, in English, French or German must be uploaded during the online application

This document should be named in the following format:

Recommendation letters
In addition to the online application, you must arrange for two confidential letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic work (e.g., professors). Please ask your referees to use the letter template below.

This form should be completed and named in the following format:


The document should be e-mailed directly by your referees to before the application deadline.

UNIL Summer Undergraduate Research Programme 2020 Recommendation letter (Word)


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

E-mail :
Tel: +41 21 692 40 17