Summer Internships

Summer Internships

Internships at the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology are designed to give 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 links below) are February to April each year.

Studentships typically last for between eight and ten weeks. Funding bodies provide a stipend of around £150 to £200 per week for personal expenses for the student. We have found that internships prove particularly valuable to students who will go on to undertake a research project in their final year.

Students should look for potential projects and/or supervisors from our Group Leaders at the Centre. Students should then contact preferred supervisor(s) about the possibility of doing an internship with them.

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). Funding cannot be sought by a supervisor without a named student.

Funding Bodies and deadlines

Please note that applications are usually made by faculty staff 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 staff who have already identified a student with whom they would like to do a project should apply for funding by early April (details via virtual campus link). Project titles so not need to be advertised if a suitable student has already been identified. Staff who wish to advertise their projects to find a student should provide a title and project summary to the summer studentship coordinator biochemistry-admin@kcl.ac.uk by mid-February. 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.
  • Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarships

    The deadline for applications is usually mid-February.

    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 usually be announced at the end of April.

    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. More information.

  • 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. More information.

  • The Physiological Society Undergraduate Vacation Studentship Scheme

    Application deadline: usually end of January.

    Vacation Studentships offer undergraduates the opportunity to undertake a research project on an area of physiology over their summer break. Working under an academic supervisor, they can get to experience day-to-day life in the laboratory first-hand. For students living away from home, funding of up to £200 a week for up to eight weeks is on offer. For students living at home, funding of up to £100 a week for up to eight weeks is on offer. More information.

  • 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. More information.

  • Society of Biology (in association with Nuffield Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society and Society for Reproduction and Fertility)

    Application deadline: usually mid-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. More information.

  • The Biochemistry Society

    Application deadline: usually mid-February.

    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. More information.

  • British Society of Cell Biology

    Application deadline: usually the end of March.

    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. More information.

  • Anatomical Society

    Application deadline: usually mid-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).More information.