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The company MGI/Complete Genomics, in cooperation with the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, announces a scholarships program for students at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Mathematics and Faculty of Biology at the University of Belgrade.

The call is open from 8th May to 8th June, 2023

Scholarships will be awarded to students who enroll in 4th year of BSc studies, and students in the first year of Masters, and first, second or third year of PhDs in October 2023 for the first time as:

  1. For students of 4th year of undergraduate studies, the monthly amount of 80 USD for the duration of one school year will be granted.
  2. For students of the 1st year of master's studies, the monthly amount of 100 USD for the duration of one school year will be granted.
  3. For students in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of PhD studies, the monthly amount of 120 USD for the duration of one school year will be granted.


The basic Requirements to apply for a scholarship for all three faculties are:

 1. Residence permit on the territory of the Republic of Serbia

 2. The student is not working at any other company but can be employed on mentioned faculties

 3. The student is according to the academic program, regularly without grade repetition enrolled in the requested academic year, and passed all exams from the previous academic year with an average grade of 8 (eight) or more.


 All candidates apply who wish to apply for the scholarship should apply exclusively online on the link and attach the following MANDATORY documents:

 1. Printed data with electronic personal ID or photocopy of valid personal document with the address of residence.

 2. Scanned/photographed Certificate of enrollment in the current appropriate academic year and Certificate of achieved success in the previous academic year/s.

3. Proof that he/she is not employed (non-working certificate) - received from records of National employment services or confirmation from the PIO fund that there is no working record or proof that he/she is employed/engaged at the related faculty (scanned a copy of the employment contract).

 4. For students enrolling in master's studies in the academic year 2023/2024 academic year: Certificate of the last registered academic year and certificate of passing exams up to the moment submission of scholarship applications. Students who will be elected, before signing the scholarship agreement, will be obliged to deliver proof that they are enrolled in master's studies at these three faculties.

 5. For PhD students: Photocopy of graduation certificates for undergraduate and master studies and Certificate of enrollment in the appropriate year of doctoral academic study and Certificate of passed exams up to the moment of submission for the scholarship application.

 6. Motivation letter and CV

 7. Letter of recommendation from at least one professor from the faculty

* Please submit Documents from 1-5 in Serbian; and 6 and 7 documents in English.


Additional documentation:

All candidates can submit other ADDITIONAL documents, which will also be considered when selecting the best students:

 1. Proof of published works in professional and scientific journals, conference proceedings etc. 

 2. Evidence of participation in international conferences, professional workshops, projects, students’ exchanges, awards from relevant competitions etc. (Lists of participants , links to events, etc. )

 3. For students from sensitive social group: Proof of affiliation to the social group ( single-parent family ; Family death certificate, judicial certificate on independent performance on parental rights or Birth certificate for those born when the parent is unknown ; refugee/displacement family - confirmation from Commissariat or of City Hall ; students with disability and students with chronic diseases - medical confirmation ; students without parents - confirmation that they are on records of the Center for Social Work or death certificates deceased parents )

 4. Certificate of volunteering engagement issued of authorized institutions for example from organizations of civil work, Red Cross, etc.


 Order of the awarded candidates would be determined on the following criteria:

 1. success achieved from a previous academic year/s

 2. Motivation letter, CV, and letter of recommendation

 3. Published works, awards, and participation in international projects

 4. Qualification to a sensitive social group

 5. Voluntary and socially useful work

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1. Success realized in the previous academic year/s is expressed in average grades (from 8-10 points)

 2. Motivational letter and CV and letter of recommendation (max. 5 points )

 3. Published works , awards and participation in international projects (1-3 points )

 4. Affiliation to a sensitive social group (1 point)

 5. Voluntary and socially useful work (1 point)

The maximum number of points for all the basis is 20. Students are ranked according to the total number of points achieved by all basics. The best-ranked candidates will be called for an interview, after which we will decide on the final list of the awarded students.


Based on the final list, the candidate will conclude a scholarship agreement with The Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, through which they would sign on basic rules of using scholarships. The scholarship is paid on a monthly level, during 10 months for the academic year 2023/2024.  The scholarship is awarded without obligation to return it. The awarded scholarship can be suspended in case the submitted documents are determined as falsified, or the student dropped out from the faculty.



Complete Genomics is a global life science company offering a comprehensive advanced NGS sequencing product portfolio and lab automation. Complete Genomics takes pride in its ability to develop and manufacture a full spectrum of instruments, ranging from low to extra-high throughput genetic sequencers, accelerating scientific breakthroughs.

Complete Genomics, based in San Jose, California, is now part of MGI, an international life science company headquartered in Shenzhen, China. Complete Genomics is the headquarters of MGI Americas and has been a research and development center of excellence since June 2005. Complete Genomics has a demo lab in San Jose, California, with all the sequencers and lab automation equipment for customers to visit and is the supply center for the Americas so that it can deliver its systems and products in a timely manner.

dr. Radoje (Rade) Drmanac is one of the founders of the field of Genomics and a serial inventor including the process of massively parallel sequencing (MPS) using DNA nanoarrays. He co-founded Complete Genomics in 2005 in Silicon Valley for efficient genome sequencing using DNBSEQ, the most advanced MPS technology ( Science 2010, Nature 2012, Genome Research 2015, Genome Research 2019 ;). CoolMPS is his latest invention where base-specific antibodies read DNA sequences ( BioRxiv 2020).

dr. Drmanac now serves as CSO of MGI and Complete Genomics, the first to sequence human genome for sub $100 in 2023. Earlier, he co-founded Hyseq (1994) to discover novel genes, was a group leader at Argonne National Labs (1991-1994) within the human genome project (HGP), and postdoc (1989-1990) in ICRF (London). He started his career at the Center for Genetic Engineering (now IMGGI) in Serbia (1982-1988) where he invented MPS. He received Ph.D. 1988 in Molecular Biology at Belgrade University for the first MPS technology ( Science 1993, Scientia Yugoslavia 1990, Genomics 1989 ).

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