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Vacation Studentships

Background for supervisors and students:

The summer vacation studentship scheme is aimed at giving undergraduates between the second and third years of their degrees the opportunity to work in a research laboratory environment. Funding must be gained and the deadlines for applications to the various funding bodies (see link below) are February to April.

Studentships typically last for between 8 and 10 weeks. Funding bodies provide a stipend of around £150 to £200 per week for expenses. In the past, this training has proved particularly valuable to students that will go on to undertake a research project in their final year.

Students should select potential projects/supervisors from amongst those on offer and arrange to meet the supervisor to discuss. If your favoured supervisor is not listed as offering a project, it might still be worth contacting them to raise the possibility anyway.

Once a supervisor has agreed to a particular student undertaking vacation work, the supervisor and student can then apply for funding from a number of sources (see below). N.B. funding cannot be sought by the supervisor without a named student. Also, if that student subsequently withdraws, funding is generally not transferable to another student.

Supervisors and Project Areas

Professor Guy Tear: ‘Axon guidance in the Drosophila CNS’

Dr QueeLim Ch’ng: ‘Neuroendocrine regulation of physiology in C. elegans’

Funding Bodies and deadlines

In general, applications must be made by Principal Investigators at Universities or Research Institutes.

King’s College London

Access to the site is through Virtual Campus, which requires a KCL account and password.

Interested PIs who already have a student with whom the want to do a project should apply for funding by Friday 4th April (details via virtual campus link). You do not need to advertise your project title if you already have a student.

PIs who wish to advertise their projects in order to find a student should provide a title and project summary to the summer studentship coordinator by Monday 17th February 2014. They will then post these adverts up so that students can contact you before you apply for funding.

A stipend of £1000 is offered; £125/week to the student for 8 weeks or £125/week to the student for 6 weeks and £250 lab expenditure to the supervisor.

King's College London - Virtual Campus

Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarships

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 14th February 2014.

Applications should be submitted on the standard application form. Two hard copies of the completed and signed application form should be returned to: Dr Helen Thompson, Vacation Scholarships, Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Forms should be submitted by hard copy only- forms submitted via email and/or fax will not be accepted. Decisions will be announced at the end of April 2014.

Scholarships are available for between six and eight weeks and currently provide a stipend for the student of £180 (£190 in London) per week. Research expenses are not provided.

There are no restrictions concerning the nationality or membership status of the student and the student does not have to attend a UK university.

A report is available on the website (click on the link at the bottom of PURPOSE section) containing abstracts from a selection of projects funded in 2012.

Wellcome Trust Funding 

The Genetics Society Genes and Development summer studentships

Application deadline: 31st March each year.

Applicants for these grants must be a member of the Genetics Society.

The studentship are available for up to 8 weeks and will consist of an award of £200 per week plus a grant of up to £750 to cover expenses incurred by the host laboratory.

The Genetics Society

The Physiological Society

Application deadline: 31st January 2014.

Project supervisors must be Ordinary Members of The Society.

Support of £150 a week, to cover living costs, is on offer for up to eight weeks.

The Physiological Society

BBSRC Research experience Placements

Each REP is for up to 10 weeks with a value of £2500 to cover a minimum stipend of £200 per week for the student and a contribution to research expenses during the placement.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Society of Biology (in association with Nuffield Foundation, Alzheimers Society and Society for Reproduction and Fertility)

Application deadline for 2013 was 15th February.

Support for the student at a rate of £180 per week, for a period of between 6 and 8 weeks is on offer. The Society of Biology does not pay overheads nor offer research expenses

Society of Biology

The Biochemistry Society

Application deadline: 14th February 2014.

Grants are available for stipends of £200 per week for 6 – 8 weeks, and up to £1,600 in total, to support an undergraduate student to carry out a summer lab placement.

The Biochemistry Society

British Society of Cell Biology

Application deadline for 2014 is March 31st. Completed applications should be sent to Professor Nancy Papalopulu via email (please read the instructions on the application form.

A student stipend of £180 per week for up to 8 weeks plus consumable costs of up to £500 to the host laboratory.

Applicants for these grants must be a member of the BSCB.

There are no restrictions concerning the nationality or membership status of the student and the student does not have to attend a UK university.

British Society of Cell Biology

Anatomical Society

Application deadline for 2013 was 12th April.

Successful applicants will receive a bursary up to a maximum of £2,500 each (comprising a stipend (£180pw) and a bench fee of £700 (£70pw).

Anatomical Society

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