Undergraduate Summer Studentship Scheme

Summer 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 complete any kind of research project, providing it is hypothesis-driven and requires data collection and analytical skills. In addition to traditional ‘wet’ lab-based research, the scope for these projects could also include data analysis projects or education/science communication research – but literature reviews are NOT acceptable.

For students living away from home, funding of up to £200 a week for up to eight weeks is on offer. This is expected to contribute towards a subsistence allowance and/or cost of accommodation in university halls of residence or comparable student accommodation. For students living at home, funding of up to £100 a week for up to eight weeks is on offer. This is expected to contribute towards a subsistence allowance (food and travel).

Students must be an Undergraduate Member of The Society (or have submitted an application for Undergraduate membership) at the time of application and their supervisor either a Full Member or Affiliate, with support from a Full Member. Each supervisor is permitted to apply with one student only. Find details on how to apply for free Undergraduate membership here.

MSci students are eligible to apply within the first three years of their degree only. MSc students, however, are NOT eligible for this scheme.

A Training Day for successful applicants will be arranged in June 2018. Further details about this will be released nearer the time.

Applications for the 2018 round are now closed.

Terms & Conditions 

  1. Summer Studentships cover maintenance costs (subsistence, accommodation) and do not cover consumables or research expenses.
  2. Students should have completed at least two years' full-time study in a higher education institute (or equivalent) of a degree that incorporates an element of physiology, by the start of the studentship.
  3. MSci students are eligible to apply within the first three years of their degree only. MSc students, however, are NOT eligible for this scheme.
  4. Supervisors should either be a Full Member or an Affiliate, with support from a Full Member, and can only apply with a maximum of one student per year.
  5. A maximum of four awards will be made to any one institution but there is no limit on the number of applications that an institution can make.
  6. Supervisors of Summer Studentship Awardees will be responsible for the student and must be actively engaged in their day to day supervision.
  7. The student is responsible for notifying The Physiological Society if any significant changes should occur either before or during the tenure of the grant award.
  8. Funds must be used for the expressed purposes as indicated on the original application; any surplus funds must be returned to The Physiological Society.
  9. Please note that these grants, if awarded, are not taxable income.
  10. Following successful completion of a Summer Studentship, students and supervisors will be asked to submit a report by 1 October.

To apply for a Summer Studentship

Applications for the 2018 round are now closed. The scoring criteria are available here.

Once the studentship has taken place, you will be required to submit a report on the work you completed and provide feedback on your experience, by 1 October 2018.

International applicants

This scheme is open to students outside the UK and Republic of Ireland as well. If your summer vacation takes place at a different time of year (i.e. outside the months from May to September), please contact edufunding@physoc.org for details on how you can participate.

The Physiological Society is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, and thereby welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

If you need any more information or guidance, please contact edufunding@physoc.org.