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Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarships

The Wellcome Trust’s Biomedical Vacation Scholarships (BVS) provide promising undergraduates from underrepresented groups with hands-on experience of research at King’s College London during the summer holidays, with the aim of encouraging a career in research.  You can read more about the Wellcome Trust’s initiative on their website: How we can give a more diverse group of undergraduates hands-on research experience.

 

 

You’ll gain professional experience through a funded internship, gaining knowledge and experience in your chosen subject. It will help support your application for postgraduate study and other research jobs.

You’ll be paid the London Living Wage for working 35 hours per week. If travel/accommodation is a barrier to you taking up the internship, then there may be additional provision to support this.

The seven-week BVS placements will begin on 11 July 2022 and run until 25 Aug 2022. The first week will include ‘preparation sessions’ where the Biomedical Vacation Scholars will come together with current King’s PhD Programme students to consider and train in common skills required for research work. A closing meeting will take place on 25 Aug 2022 for the BVS scholars to present their work to each other.

The research project may be done in the laboratory, office, clinic or field and may involve experimental or theoretical approaches, depending on the type of research a supervisor undertakes. Here are the Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship Scheme at King’s College London Project Choices Summer 2022. Scholarship applicants are requested NOT to contact the supervisors listed regarding their BVS applications, unless requested to do so by a member of the BVS administration team.

Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship Scheme at King’s College London Project Choices Summer 2022

No – you do not need to be studying at King’s to apply for this scholarship. However, please read the below criteria (at least twice) to make sure that you are eligible before you apply.

Six scholarships will be offered each year and they are exceedingly competitive. For summer 2021, we received more than 200 applications. Please ensure that you read through the below application criteria fully and answer the application questions carefully.

 

View the 2022 Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarships Scheme Project Catalogue. 

If you have any queries about the scholarships or applying, please contact outreach@kcl.ac.uk

Eligibility criteria

To apply you must:

 

  • Be registered on a relevant undergraduate course in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Examples of relevant subjects include: science (biomedical, natural, computing or physical sciences), medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, engineering, mathematics and psychology;
  • be in the middle year(s) of your undergraduate degree;
  • have not yet undertaken a substantial period of research.

 

Where a scholarship is oversubscribed, preference will be given to those who:

  • are from an ethnic group that is underrepresented at King’s College London (Asian Pakistani; Asian Bangladeshi; Black Caribbean; Black African; Gypsy, Roma or Traveller; mixed backgrounds featuring one of these groups);
  • are a mature student (aged 21 or over when they started their first undergraduate course);
  • have lived in a postcode listed as Polar4 quintiles 1 or 2, Acorn quintiles 4 or 5 and IMD quintiles 1 or 2;
  • are care-experienced or an estranged student;
  • have a disability;
  • are currently studying at a non-Russell Group university.

Applicants who do not meet any of the above criteria are still eligible to apply.

Please note, you are ineligible to apply if you:

  • are in your first or last year of your undergraduate degree;
  • have previously undertaken a vacation scholarship from Wellcome or another funding body, or have had significant research experience;
  • have completed or are currently undertaking an intercalated year;
  • have completed or are currently undertaking a one-year placement in research as part of their degree (e.g. a sandwich year);
  • are a graduate-entry medical student who has completed a previous undergraduate degree in a science-related subject;
  • are enrolled on a course outside the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

Biomedical Vacation Scholarship Summer 2022 - Application Selection Process

Applications for Summer 2022 are now CLOSED. 

View the 2022 Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarships Scheme Project Catalogue

If you have not received an email with further instructions by 9 May 2022, then unfortunately your application for a Biomedical Vacation Scholarship (BVS) has been unsuccessful. 

If you have been short-listed, then:

You will receive an email from a member of the BVS administration team (before 9 May 2022) requesting you contact:

a. One or two referees asking them to supply references to an email address (to be confirmed).

b. Your two top supervisor choices for an online video meeting.

The email will have a clear deadline by which all reference letters must be received, and supervisor meetings must take place, for your application to be further considered.  There may also be an online meeting with a member(s) of the BVS admin team.

A BVS Panel will then meet to award the six scholarships. All candidates will be informed if they have or have not received a scholarship by 15 June 2022. 

If you have any queries about the scholarships or applying, please contact outreach@kcl.ac.uk

Potential applicants

If you are interested in receiving updates regarding King’s College London’s Wellcome Trust’s Biomedical Vacation Scholarships Scheme, e.g. when projects are posted or applications open, then please complete this  FORM  to subscribe (or unsubscribe later) to the mailing list to receive timely updates regarding the scheme.

Potential supervisors

If you work as a researcher at King’s and you are interested in offering a project as part of the Wellcome Trust’s Biomedical Vacation Scholarships Scheme, then please review the supervisor criteria listed in this  FORM  and complete it to subscribe (or unsubscribe later) to the mailing list to receive updates regarding the project calls.