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Important dates:

(expected) Application start: November 1st, 2020

(expected) Deadline for applications: early February, 2021

Programme Dates: TBA

Amgen Scholars EU Cambridge Symposium: TBA

2020 Programme Calendar

2019 Student Guide


Opening Retreat:

Photo_7The Amgen Scholars Programme in Munich will start with a four-day Opening Retreat right after arrival of the scholars. We begin with some introductory and administrative information regarding the programme in Munich, hosting labs and life in Munich. The retreat consists of basic lectures on various scientific fields and will be rounded off with excursions, the chance to learn some basic German language skills and networking.

Lab research:

During the following weeks, practical research will be carried out under the supervision of an assigned faculty mentor of your hosting lab. Depending on your placement, research topics cover the fields of biochemistry, structural, molecular, cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, computational neuroscience, physiological sciences, plant physiology, microbiology, immunology and oncology. More detailed information can be found on our Faculty pages.

Workshops and weekly seminars:

To prepare our scholars for a research career in the life sciences, students will attend a series of workshops on scientific presentation skills, academic writing, graduate education, and conference poster design. In order to cover important issues of a life science researcher, scholars will also attend short workshops on topics such as bioethics and lab safety.

During the weekly semniars, scholars will be given the chance to present their projects to the other scholars and faculty members. This way, they learn to communicate about their lab experiences and progress, but also have the chance to explore topics outside of their main field of study.


Lecture Series:

New faculty members with cutting edge research topics will introduce themselves and their research focus during our lecture series and the opening retreat.


Several excursions and visits are scheduled over the summer, opening oportunities for networking with peers and researchers, both in the academia and the industry.

Photo_14Annual Symposium:

At the end of the programme, scholars will present their posters to the research community in Munich as part of the Closing Symposium.

Additionally, all LMU Amgen Scholars will participate in the Annual Symposium (early September), to be held by the European Amgen Scholars host site at the University of Cambridge, where around 75 scholars will present their research experiences in a poster session.


What does the programme support?


Amgen Scholars will be housed in student dormitories (single and shared) with access to internet, public transportation, shopping, and a wide variety of cultural activities. Housing costs are organised and fully covered by the programme.

Financial award:

Amgen Scholars at LMU will receive a stipend of €1,700 to cover living expenses during the programme.

Monthly Transportation Pass:

For the entire duration of their research stay, the programme will provide scholars with a free city transportation pass.

Cafeteria Card:

Students receive a cafeteria card with a starting credit of 30€.


Insurance covering health, accident, as well as liability issues will be provided for all scholars by the programme.

Travel costs reimbursement:

Non-local Amgen Scholars may claim up to €350 as travel expenses for their travel to Munich. Students will need to provide original receipts and used boarding passes.

Opening and closing events:

All costs related to the Opening Retreat and the Annual Symposium in Cambridge are fully covered by the programme.



Amgen Scholars at the LMU will be expected to:

  • if necessary, assume responsibility for applying for the appropriate visa/visas (with assistance from programme staff)
  • participate in the Opening Retreat
  • reside in Munich for the entire duration of the programme
  • undertake their 9-week intensive research project in their assigned laboratory
  • participate fully in the academic life of the host laboratory
  • attend relevant research seminars and workshops, as well as regular events organised through the Amgen Scholars Programme at LMU
  • prepare a poster on their work over the summer, to be presented at the Munich Poster Session and the Annual Symposium in Cambridge, UK
  • participate in the Annual European Symposium held in Cambridge, UK
  • provide feedback on the programme
  • comply with the programme's disciplinary code

Given the intensive nature of the programme, applications from students not planning to be present in Munich for the full duration of the programme will not be considered.

*All photos by Marina Ivanova.