School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

Summer Research Placements

Summer Research Placements

The purpose of a Summer Research Placement is to give undergraduates first-hand experience of working in a research laboratory.

Please note due to COVID-19 the University will not be hosting any summer research placements in 2020.  Hopefully placements will be available again in the Summer of 2021. 

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.

Vacation studentships - Eleanor Ward/Craig Robson

How it works

These studentships are limited. You will be selected by open competition. There will be a summer placement 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) and are approximately eight weeks.

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. Students, together with their supervisor, can apply to funding bodies for a maintenance grant to fund the student for approximately eight weeks.  These are highly competitive grants so ensure your application is completed in a timely manner.  

You will work within a research group on a specific topic which could be lab-based or data analysis.  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 and a School event. 

For further information you can view all of the 2019 summer research posters 

How to apply

If you are interested look at the Faculty of Medical Sciences research areas you are interested in and look at specific researcher profiles.  If you are interested in working with them, politely contact the academic.

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 January to May with the main funding bodies closing the earliest.

For further details please contact

Past Participants

Download a list of students who've been awarded vacation studentships