Admitted to the NASE in the first round are those Szent-Györgyi Students who have received a certificate. In the longer term, the goal of the NASE is for these students to be automatically admitted to the doctoral schools of the university. The remaining places are advertised by the NASE and filled via an application process. An applicant coming from outside the NASE program may join the scholarship system if they have published at least 2 articles in journals belonging to the top 25% of the given scientific field (in one of which they must be the first author).
Students who enter the school at this level are no longer "publication pressure” since they already meet the PhD conditions upon admission. For this reason, they can join a major, relatively long-term project which may take several years to complete. At this stage, Szent-Györgyi Students can focus on high-quality research that is exceptional, even by international standards, and also particularly beneficial to the laboratory.
The researcher must attend at least one international conference a year, and both Mentor and Student must submit a report at the end of the year. At the end of each year, the scientific supervisors along with the Board of Trustees decide whether the PhD student will retain their scholarship in the following year.
Within the four-year scholarship period, the PhD student must publish at least three articles with an IF of 5 or more, of which in at least one they are the first author. In the event that the PhD student fails to meet this criteria, they may request an extension from the Director of University Education but they must provide a detailed reason. The deadline for completion may be extended for up to 2 years but no scholarship will be given during this time. PhD Students who successfully meet the requirements will receive a certificate at the end of their PhD training.