Szent-Györgyi Senior researchers and Szent-Györgyi Master researchers have at least 15 years of experience in high quality research and have received professional training at outstanding domestic and international laboratories. A researcher who has earned a Szent-Györgyi postdoctoral certificate receives a one-time sum of HUF 2,000,000 upon entry into this level. The scholarship amount at this level is HUF 2,000,000/ month for Szent-Györgyi Master researchers and HUF 1,000,000/month for Szent- Györgyi Senior Researchers.
For those with serious research potential to strengthen either Hungarian industrial research or science especially in Szeged and to participate in teaching the next generation.
The Szent-Györgyi Master researcher and Szent-Györgyi Senior researcher scholarships begin if the candidate satisfies the set requirements. The title of Szent-Györgyi Master researcher is conferred on those who have published articles in high-prestige multidisciplinary science journals (e.g. Science and Nature) as a corresponding author based on research conducted at a centre in Szeged. The title of Szent-Györgyi Senior researcher is conferred on those who have published in leading specialized journals (e.g. Gastroenterology and Circulation) as a corresponding author based on research conducted at a centre in Szeged. The scholarship may be disbursed for up to three years as of the publication of the particular article, if the researcher demonstrates that she or he is conducting research which may potentially be accepted for publication in a journal of similar rank. If the researcher wins a large sum through an international grant (e.g. from the European Research Council or Wellcome Trust) within the three years, the Szent-Györgyi Senior researcher or Szent-Györgyi Master researcher grant may be extended for another two years. Szent-Györgyi Senior researchers and Szent-Györgyi Master researchers are expected to act as Mentors in the Szent-Györgyi– Klebelsberg School while their laboratories function as part of the program. If the researcher fails to present a publication of similar rank in three years or to win a major grant, the scholarship will no longer be disbursed until the candidate satisfies the above requirements.
SzSA aims to support primarily PhD Students and Postdoctoral fellows from the ranks of previously supported undergraduate students to prove the success of its educational model, however, the Szeged Scientists Academy also considers researchers of exceptional talent and results as new recipients of scholarships during their PhD or postdoctoral studies. The SzSA aims for a fair but thorough selection of candidates, leading to a decreasing number of scholars as their age progresses (less than 15 PhD Students and maximum 7 Postdoctoral fellows).