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Genetics Society Summer Studentships sponsored by Genes and Development

Purpose: to support vacation research by undergraduate geneticists.

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.
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.
Applications must be made by Principal Investigators (PI) at Universities or Research Institutes. The application must be for a named student and is not transferable. Studentships will only be awarded to students who have yet to complete their first degree i.e. those who will still be undergraduates during the long vacation when the studentship is undertaken.
Both the PI  and the student involved must be members of the Genetics Society. 

There are no restrictions concerning the nationality of the student, and the student does not have to attend a UK university.

How to apply:

There is one closing date of  5pm on 31st March each year.
To apply, please log in to your mySociety membership record, and select "Me and the GS", followed by "Grants". 

The studentship will consist of an award of £200 per week for up to 8 weeks to the student plus a grant of up to £750 to cover expenses incurred by the host laboratory: lab expenses must be justified. The project should be realistic and achievable by a student in this time frame: attention should be paid to student  training needs in the application. The award will be made to the host institution.  
The Student will be invited to attend a workshop that will take place between 27th-30th August 2018 in Edinburgh to allow  an opportunity for all students to get together, discuss their findings and start to develop their professional contact network.  The Genetics Society will reimburse expenses for travel within the UK  and provide accommodation.

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 

A panel of members of 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.

Other conditions:

  • Students cannot hold these awards in conjunction with other summer studentships.
  • Recipients of these grants will be asked to write a short report (around 800 words) within two months of completion of the project which may be included in the newsletter and to attend the workshop.

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


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