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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Grants for undergraduates (updated November 2018)

Are you interested in a summer research project? This builds your critical thinking skills and is often a good way to understand what research is all about. In addition, it allows you to get a head start on the Part 3 projects and adds valuable breadth and experience to your CV.

How do you go about this?

a) Find a lab: by checking out staff webpages at SBS. A good time to do this would be the Autumn/early Spring term.

b) Ask to speak to the academic staff member if they are willing to support/mentor a student during the summer. Advisable to email supervisors with a CV. For help with your CV, contact Careers guidance. Do this well before summer since supervisors need to plan for your project.

c) If you are interested in a funded fellowship, then please check the various opportunities for funding below, preferably at the start of the academic year. Keep in mind that funder deadlines are typically much prior to June and sometimes as early as the autumn of the previous year. Check the websites for latest deadlines and guidance; what is below is merely intended as a guide.

d) Typically, the academic staff member must sponsor you so you need to do b).

Wellcome Trust

Duration6-8 weeks
Research costsNone
EligibilityYou can apply for a Biomedical Vacation Scholarship if you're an undergraduate studying medicine, basic science, dentistry or veterinary medicine at the end of Year 2 for a 3 year program or at the end of Years 2 and 3 in a 4 year program

Society for Endocrinology Summer Studentship

DurationUp to 10 weeks
Research costsUp to £1000
EligibilityA student receiving funding will normally be an undergraduate, following a course in endocrinology or a related life science subject

The studentships are normally taken during the summer vacation before a final year; if applying for this grant in a final year, justification needs to be provided via email to

Host supervisors are required to be members of the Society for Endocrinology of at least one year's standing.

Biochemical Society Summer Vacation Studentship

Duration6-8 weeks
Research costsNone
EligibilitySupervisions must have been a Biochemical society member for at least a year at closing date. Undergraduates studying for a degree in biochemistry or a related molecular life science subject after their second year. 2018 round will open for applications on 25 September

British Society for Cell Biology Summer Studentship

DurationUp to 8 weeks
Research costsNone
EligibilityStudents who have yet to complete their first degree (including integrated masters), usually prior to their final year of studies. Supervisions must have been a BSCB member for at least a year

British Society for Plant Pathology

Duration8-10 weeks
Stipend£200/week for the student
Research costs£500 consumables
EligibilityFor 2nd year undergraduates

Genetics Society Summer Studentships sponsored by Genes & Development

DurationUp to 8 weeks
Stipend£200/week for the student
Research costsUp to £750 for the host laboratory
EligibilityThe PI applies for a named student, who must be yet to complete her/his first degree, i.e. projects will usually take place in the summer between a student's 2nd and 3rd year. No nationality restrictions, but both PI and student must be Genetics Society members. Membership is cheap though - see your local GenSoc rep (Dr Louise Johnson, SBS)

British Society for Neuroendocrinology

Duration8-10 weeks
Stipend£140/week for the student (£160/week for London student)
Research costsUp to £1000 for the host laboratory
EligibilityThe host supervisor should apply on behalf of a selected named student that they consider suitable for a project in their lab

Students may be of any nationality.

Undergraduate students or students immediately after graduation or prior to starting MSc or PhD studies are eligible.

The host supervisor must have been a member of the BSN for at least 6 months (Dr Nandini Vasudevan is a member).

University of Reading Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)

Duration6 weeks
Stipend£220/week for the student
Research costsNone
EligibilityMiddle of undergraduate degree

Microbiology Society Harry Smith Vacation Studentship

Duration8 weeks
Stipend£185/week for the student
Research costs£400
EligibilityMiddle of undergraduate degree at the end of Year 2

Dr. Jay Mulley is a member.

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