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Studentships and Funding

Research opportunities

Research is an activity many students choose to engage in during their time at medical school. While it can often be a prescribed part of your medical course, there are plenty of opportunities to independently pursue placements as well.

Often, this is best achieved by contacting researchers at local institutions and checking to see whether they have any available placements.

There are also large-scale programmes in existence run by institutions but open to all students.

Amgen Scholars Programme run by the University of Cambridge

Leeds Undergraduate Research Enterprise

Medical Research Council CSC Summer Studentship Programme

Sanger Institute Summer Research Placements

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) run by Imperial College London



Sources of funding for vacation research placements

Often, individual institutions will have their own additional sources of funding restricted to students attending that University. There are however additional sources of funding; the main institutions offering such funding are listed below.

Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship

Nuffield Science Bursary for Undergraduate Research

Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Pathology Society Undergraduate Bursary

Society for General Microbiology Studentships

The Genetics Society Studentships

The Physiological Society Undergraduate Vacation Studentship Scheme

Biochemical Society Summer Vacation Studentships

British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Vacation Scholarship Grants

Society for Reproduction and Fertility Vacation Scholarship