Undergraduate Vacation Studentship Scheme

Vacation 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 get to experience day-to-day life in the laboratory first-hand. For students living away from home, funding of up to £150 a week for up to eight weeks is on offer. For students living at home, funding of up to £75 a week for up to eight weeks is on offer.

Project supervisors must be Ordinary Members of The Society.

The 2014 application process is now closed.

The small print

Vacation Studentships cover maintenance costs and do not cover consumables or research expenses. 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. Supervisors should be Ordinary Members of The Society and can apply to supervise one student per year. Each institution can submit a maximum of four applications. If we receive more than four applications from an institution, we will ask The Society Representative to rank the nominations, with the top four being put forward for review.

Applications will be assessed on the academic performance of the student, the value of the project to the student (those with little or no lab experience will be given priority) and the physiological content of the project. A clear outline of how applications are assessed can be downloaded below.

Supervisors of Vacation Studentship Awardees will be responsible for the student and must be actively engaged in their day to day supervision.

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. Funds must be used for the expressed purposes as indicated on the original application; any surplus funds must be returned to The Physiological Society.

Following successful completion of a Vacation Studentship, students and supervisors will be asked to complete an online report form by 1 October. Please note that you may need to refer to The Society's abstract submission guidelines, which can be downloaded below. In addition to these guidelines, we ask that you clearly explain all abbreviations used in the text of your abstract.

To apply for a Vacation Studentship

To apply, all you need to do is complete an application form with your supervisor and submit it by 31 January 2015. If more than four applications are received from your institution, we will ask the Society Rep to select the top four, which will go forward for review. Successful applicants will be informed by 18 March 2015 and will be asked to complete and return a confirmation form by 30 April 2015.

Once the studentship has taken place, students will be required to complete an online form to report on the work they completed and provide feedback on their experience, by 1 October 2015.

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