Amgen Scholars Program at Karolinska Institutet

A summer research program in biomedical sciences for undergraduate students.

The Amgen Scholars Program at Karolinska Institutet (KI) is an opportunity for international and national undergraduate students to conduct research during 8 weeks in the summer at KI. The program will begin with a few days of introduction to research at KI together with lectures on scientific writing and poster presentation. The program will end with oral and poster presentations of the conducted research where the students also get trained in critiquing each other's work. Throughout the program, students will be part of a research group and participate in lab work, scientific discussions, journal clubs, seminars, and other topics. KI believes this will be an excellent way of providing a robust academic research experience to students from across Europe.


More information about the Amgen Scholars Program can be found on

Frequently asked questions about the Amgen Scholars Program.

Amgen scholars at Karolinska Institutet

Research areas

Cancer, Cell biology, Molecular biology, Structural Biology, Circulation and respiration, Developmental Biology, Stem Cells, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Infection, Inflammation, Immunology, Microbiology, Neuroscience.

Detailed description of the different research areas.

Admitted students will be assigned projects based on stated interest and available spaces.

Amgen Scholars will be awarded a stipend of a total of SEK 10 000 per month (app. 1020 Euro (October 2017)) for the period of stay at Karolinska Institutet. Housing and round-trip travel costs are covered, as well as round-trip travel expenses to the Amgen Scholars European Symposium in Cambridge.

In 2018, 20 undergraduate students from Europe will be admitted to the Amgen Scholars Program at Karolinska Institutet.

To be eligible to apply to the Amgen Scholars Europe Program applicants must be:

Undergraduate students enrolled in colleges and universities in Europe; and Undergraduate students who have not completed their bachelor's or first degree (or its equivalent) prior to termination of the programme symposium in September (who have not entered the final year of their bachelor's or first degree (or its equivalent) prior to participating in the programme), i.e. applicants must apply in their first or second year of their studies for their first degree).

For medical students: eligible applicants must not have completed their pre-clinical training by the start of the Amgen programme i.e. applicants must apply in their first or second year of their studies.

Please note that all parts of the program are obligatory. This includes both the full period June 18th – August 10th and the Amgen Symposium the 2nd – 5th September 2018.

Program applicants must also have:

  • A strong record of academic performance; and
  • An interest in pursuing a Ph.D.

Eligible students must attend colleges or universities in countries that are participating in the Bologna Process. Currently, the participating countries include: Albania; Andorra; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Belgium; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Holy See; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Kazakhstan; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Malta; Moldova; Montenegro; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovak Republic; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; Ukraine; United Kingdom.

Previous research experience is not required, but the student must show a genuine interest in doing investigating work in science.

Application to the Amgen Scholars Program

Before applying you may go through the different research topics represented at Karolinska Institutet (see link below) to get an idea within what area you wish to do your summer program. You have the possibility to wish three different research areas on the online application form and on the Personal Statement. This will help the evaluation team find the best matches between scholars and mentors, see the instructions that can be downloaded below.

Formal evidence is not required, but Scholars will need a good working knowledge of English in order to participate fully. Applicants who are non-native English speakers may demonstrate adequate knowledge of the English language by an certificate from an academic representative or through internationally recognized tests.

How to Apply

In order to complete the application, please use the online application portal below (opens November 1  2018). There you will find all the application documents listed in pdf format to download.

Please create an account on the application portal below. Only complete applications will be considered

Application Portal

The application to Amgen Scholars Program at KI will open November 1, 2018. All applications must be submitted via the application portal PRISMA on the link below. Please create an account when entering PRISMA.

For Prisma support form (for example reporting problems with creating your personal account in Prisma) use the contact form link below.

Please download these files:

Instructions for the application (pdf)

Templates for the personal statement (pdf)

Template for the letter of recommendation (pdf)


PRISMA application portal

PRISMA user support (user manuals and instructions)

PRISMA contact form


Address for Sending in the Academic Transcript

These should be posted latest FEBRUARY 1 2018 (i.e they can arrive after the deadline).

See the 'how to apply' document in the application portal


Karolinska Institutet
Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology
Amgen Scholars Program 
att: Course Administrator
Box 280 
SE-171 77 Stockholm 

Key dates

  • Noon local time February 1 2018, application deadline
  • First half of April 2018, notification of selected students
  • June 18 - August 10, 2018, Amgen Scholars Program dates at Karolinska Institutet
  • September 2 - 5, 2018, Amgen Scholars European Symposium in Cambridge

For questions regarding the program at Karolinska Institutet please send an e-mail to: