IIMCB continues its doctoral program in partnership with other research and educational institutes of the Ochota Campus (50 students). The PhD program run in collaboration with the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, the Postgraduate School of Molecular Medicine, University of Warsaw and the Foundation for Polish Science.
Medical Universities in Warsaw, Poznań, Szczecin, Gdańsk, Wroclaw, Lodz, as well as the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, the Nencki Institute and the Foundation for Experimental and Clinical Oncology have jointly founded the Postgraduate School of Molecular Medicine. The main goal of the School is to offer a new postgraduate PhD program in the field of molecular medicine, which is addressed to medical, biology and pharmacology postgraduate students in Poland. Since 2002, SMM has been opened to foreign students. SMM is formally affiliated with the Medical University of Warsaw, which is responsible for the administration of the school. According to its by-laws, the School is managed by the Director and the Scientific Council elected by the founding institutions. SMM admits students (up to twelve per year) for the four-year doctoral program. The candidates are requested to present a scientific program of their doctoral research, the scientific merit of which is carefully evaluated by the Recruitment Committee of SMM, as well as independent reviewers in Poland and from abroad. Ten groups of students were accepted during the period of 1998-2008, including seven foreign individuals. Successful candidates accomplish their scientific program, under the supervision of their tutors, in home laboratories throughout Poland.
The members of the SMM Scientific Council evaluate student progress annually. The tutorial program offered to the students includes theoretical (lectures and seminars) and practical courses (laboratory sessions) on selected topics of modern molecular biology and medicine. Furthermore, SMM helps students to participate in short-term scientific training in leading Polish and foreign laboratories. In parallel to funds generated by founding institutions, SMM activities were supported so far by subsidies from the Polish Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Kronenberg Foundation, UNESCO-ROSTE, the European Commission and The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France. Additional financial support camefrom the French government supporting the costs of participation of outstanding French scientists in tutorial and organizational activities of SMM, as well as short-term scholarships for the training of SMM students in laboratories in France.