School of Biomedical Sciences

Vacation Studentships

Vacation Studentships

The purpose of a Vacation Studentship is to give undergraduates first-hand experience of working in a research laboratory.

The aim of these studentships is to encourage students to consider a career in research when they graduate. It's also a prestigious award to have on your CV.

Most students also find that this experience prepares them well for their final year project.

Undergraduates doing work experience in a research laboratory

How it works

These studentships are limited. You will be selected by open competition.

There will be a careers session in November which will explain how to find placements.

Studentships take place sometime between June and September (for students between stages 2-3, or 3-4).

Applicants are normally undergraduates in the middle (preferably penultimate) year of their first degree. Most funding bodies state that students have to be in year 2 onwards of study to be eligible for funding.

The sponsors fund a maintenance fee to the student for approximately eight weeks.

Your placement

You will be supervised in a self-contained research topic. You'll produce a poster and/or a report describing the project.

You'll create a lay-abstract of your project and have the opportunity to give a poster presentation of the results at a public event.

You can have your vacation placement recognised on your Higher Education Academic record as module NCL3110 (Vacation Research Project).

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, you need to speak with the academic in whose research area you'd like to work.

Applications for funding are made by your academic supervisor for a particular research project. You will prepare part of the application. Allow time for this to be processed.

The closing dates for application usually vary from February to June.

For further details please contact Dr Vanessa Armstrong

Past participants

Download a list of students who've been awarded vacation studentships in 2016 (PDF: 296 KB).

See lists of students who have previously been awarded vacation studentships: