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Summer studentships & placements

Are you a college or university student considering a career in research? Are you interested in gaining some lab experience during your course or over the summer break?

We welcome enquiries from motivated students who would like to apply for a scholarship. You need to have completed at least your first year at college or sixth form, and currently be studying for a course in a relevant subject. The studentship is unpaid, but the student and potential supervisor can apply together for a scholarship from the Genetics Society, Nuffield Foundation or other sources. If successful, the scholarship will provide a student stipend of about £150 per week for six to eight weeks during the summer holiday. This opportunity will give you valuable practical experience of academic research and a strong competitive edge in placement and PhD applications.

We also offer a limited number of 6-month placements for ambitious postgraduate students studying for an MSc in biomedical sciences, biochemistry or another relevant discipline. These placements are unfunded and the student is required to pay their own expenses. Please see our research pages and publications for more information about our research areas and enquire about a potential placement.

How to apply:

To apply for either a summer studentship or placement, please contact a research group leader directly telling them why you would like to do your studentship with their research group (see our research pages) and copy in mguadmin@har.mrc.ac.uk.

Application deadlines for summer studentships range from mid-January to mid-March and the application process usually takes 2–3 weeks to complete. Placement applications should be sent no later than October the year before the placement is due to start.