Summer Studentships

Photograph: Douglas Vernimmen

Purpose: to support vacation research by undergraduate geneticists.

Applications for 2019 are now closed.  Applications for 2020 open 1st January, 2020.

Grants are available to provide financial support for undergraduate students interested in gaining research experience in any area of genetics by carrying out a research project over the long vacation, usually prior to their final year.

Awards will be made to the host institution.  The studentship comprises:

  • up to £750 to cover justifiable expenses incurred by the host laboratory
  • £200 per week for up to 8 weeks to cover student subsistence during the studentship

The student must be able to attend a workshop that will take place in Edinburgh from 24-27th August 2020, providing an opportunity for all students to get together, discuss their findings, make new friends and start to develop their professional contact network.  If necessary, a Carer’s Award will be available to allow those with responsibilities to attend the Summer School.

Undergraduate students who wish to do vacation research projects are encouraged to seek a PI to sponsor them and to develop a project application with the sponsor.

Qualifying criteria:

  • The project should be realistic and achievable by a student within an eight-week time frame for completion prior to the last week in August.
  • Applications must be made by Principal Investigators (PI) at Universities or Research Institutes, NOT by the named student.
  • Please note that only one application per lab group / per applicant may be submitted.
  • The application must be for a named undergraduate student, preferably from another institute or university, and is not transferable.
  • Both the PI and the named student must be members of the Genetics Society.
  • Extension of honours projects or early starts for PhD students are not eligible.
  • Recipients cannot hold these awards in conjunction with other summer studentships, i.e. summer studentships cannot be used to part-fund a project.
  • There are no restrictions concerning the nationality of the student, and the student does not have to attend a UK university, nor does the studentship need to take place within the UK.  However, students MUST attend the Summer School as follows:
    • Students must be available to participate in the summer school held in Edinburgh,  24-27th August 2020.
    • Travel within the UK to Edinburgh will be reimbursed.
      • Travel to the UK cannot be funded.
    • Accommodation, transport to the venue and meals will be included for the duration of the summer school.
  • Students will be asked to write a short report (around 800 words) within two months of completion of the project that may be included in the newsletter.
  • Applications MUST include the following:
    • project outline
    • project plan (including student training needs)
    • student CV
    • student statement
    • reference letters

How to apply:
There is one closing date of  5pm on 31st March each year.
Applications open 1st January 2020

Once you have logged in to the mySociety membership portal, please select “Me and the GS” followed by “Grants” from the options at the top of the page, and then choose the Summer Studentship award.

A panel from the Genetics Society committee will review applications including both information on the student and the proposed project.
Feedback on unsuccessful applications will not be provided.

2018 Summer Studentship workshop Gallery.   Leicester University Student Blog by 2018 attendee Bethan.

Photograph: Douglas Vernimmen – Participants and tutors at the 2017 Summer Studentship workshop.

Photos and feedback from Summer Studentship workshop 2016.

Photos and feedback from Summer Studentship workshop 2013.

“Mixing with other young budding scientists and having to explain your work and think about other people’s was a great experience.  It reinvigorated my enthusiasm for my own project and science in general.  It was also good fun and the group activities worked well.  Being thrown into a social context with so many new people to meet after many lonely weeks in the lab was a welcome change.  It was also a great opportunity for talking to experienced scientists in a casual setting which was valuable and interesting”. 
Barney Walker

The Genetics Society Summer Studentship grants are funded by income from the journal Genes and Development