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Summer Vacation Studentships

Summer Vacation Studentships

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. This scheme not only benefits the student as they get valuable research experience, but the supervisor also gains an extra pair of hands in the lab.


"Thomas was involved in a number of on-going projects and he has made significant contributions to some of the background work in a number of these.  He was a pleasure to have in the lab, worked hard and I think that both he and we benefited considerably."  Alan Berry (Supervisor, University of Leeds, UK)



"I found the experience incredibly rewarding. Being able to work in a research laboratory has enthused me with a real love for science, and has definitely made me realise that I want to be a research scientist." Lewis Taylor (Student, University of Bath, UK)


Interested students must pair up with a potential supervisor, develop a project together, then apply for funding. Supervisors must be members of the Biochemical Society for at least 12 months prior to the closing date of the grants. The student does not need to be a member of the Society, but when ranking proposals preference will be given to student members. 

*Please note that the application process has changed slightly for the 2019 round. You can download the new application form and the marking criteria on the "Criteria and guidelines" link below.*



The 2019 round is now open; click the link below to start your application.

The deadline for applications is 22 February 2019, 11.59pm.

 For more information on the grants, or any questions, please contact



General Info

General Information


Find out key information about the scheme. Alternatively, you can read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Criteria, guidelines and FAQs
Criteria and guidelines


Including when and where to send your report on your studentship and what to include.

Writing your report

Writing your studentship report


Guidelines for writing your report and where to send it when you're done.


The Eisenthal prize
The Eisenthal prize


An annual prize awarded to the top ranked student application form. Find out more and see the previous winners.

Past studentship awards and reports
Past studentships and reports

Read reports, blogs and see photos from previous years.

Student blogs

Student blogs


Read the blogs from students during their summer lab placements.