Baltic Science Network Mobility Programme for Research Internships (BARI). The programme is now finished.

BARI stands for Baltic Science Network Mobility Programme for Research Internships. 

After one challenging year we have successfully completed the pilot phase of the BARI programme. More than 158 applicants, 182 internship offers from 72 universities and research institutions, 12 calls for applications, and 10 participating countries in the Baltic Sea Region, proved that a mobility programme for research internships is highly desirable, in the interest to capitalise on the research capacity present in the Baltic Sea Region.

Despite the barriers to mobility imposed by Covid-19, the flexible structure of the BARI programme allowed the students and their hosts to take advantage of the limited mobility windows conceded by the pandemic, and managed to award 60 scholarships, all in accordance with safety standards and in compliance with mandatory health protection measures.

The positive feedback we received from the participants motivated us to look for new funding to continue the programme:

“BARI internship has helped me in lots of ways including well establishing myself and my career in Germany and Jena, made life contacts and experiences, financial stability and many more! And for all of that, I’m thankful to our BARI forever!” (student)


“Due to the way BARI is organized, I felt that it was an excellent opportunity for me as a host to ease into the role of a supervisor and gain experiences … I feel that I learned a lot during this time. Thank you for giving me that opportunity!”


Many participants mentioned the ease of finding research offers as a benefit, and for this reason, we would like to open a Research Internship Market for listing internship offers. This way, students who are interested in doing research internships may find access to offers, and PhD candidates, who want to receive an intern in their projects, find a way to post their offers and make them visible.

You will find detailed information about the Research Internship Market here .

BARI Programme

What are the objectives of the BARI programme?

BARI has four objectives:

1. To provide promising students (interns) with the opportunity to gain research experience in an exciting project of their choice.

2. To provide doctoral candidates (hosts) with additional skills (intercultural skills, language skills, personal management competencies) which are of prime importance in the global workplace.

3. To raise awareness of the next generation of researchers of the value of international cooperation within the Baltic Region.

4. To support high quality research projects.

Who can apply?

PhD students can apply to host an international student during a summer research internship.

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The PhD student should be employed by or affiliated with an accredited academic institution or a non-profit research institution, working in the field of Life Science, Photon & Neutron Science and Welfare State within the Baltic Sea Region. They should be motivated to work closely together with an international intern who would like to contribute to their research project.

Bachelor and Master students can apply for the opportunity to work in one of the research projects which have been offered by the PhD students. They should be studying at a university within the Baltic Sea Region and they should be enrolled as a student during the whole duration of the internship.

The programme is open to PhD students of all nationalities who are graduating from a university or research institution within the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). International PhD students should have a basic knowledge of the country’s language in order to be able to assist the intern on the administrative or accommodation matters.

What is funded by BARI?

A variety of institutions and organizations act as supporters for the initiative and provide grants for successful applicants. The kind of support might differ for different funding organisations. In general the support of successful candidates includes:

• a monthly stipend of 800 EUR is recommended to cover student’s every day costs;

• a student’s travel subsidy to foreign country of the Baltic Region of 300 EUR;

It is expected that the research costs are covered by the host institution.

How does the application process work?

The application process consists of four steps:

The interests of both, the PhD host and the applicant are taken into account:

  • The hosting institution is free to choose a topic of the internship in the fields of Life Sciences, Photon & Neutron Science and Welfare State.
  • The applicant is free to choose only internships which correspond to their personal interests.
  • The PhD students is free to choose only interns who correspond to their expectations.
  • Both the intern and his/her host are free to arrange the timing of the internship, between 2 – 12 weeks. It should be realized before 31st July 2021, but in many cases, it might be possible to extend the internship period beyond the present BARI Programme duration, in accordance with the terms and regulation of each funding institution.