The Undergraduate Summer Studentship Scheme

Funding to carry out a summer research project in physiology.

Apply for a studentship

Who can apply?

  • Undergraduate Members
  • Integrated Masters students may apply during the first three years of their degree only. MSc students are not eligible for this scheme.
  • International students are also eligible to apply
  • The supervisor must be a Full Member or Affiliate Member (with support from a Full Member)
  • The Physiological Society is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, and thereby welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

How much funding is available?

Up to £200 a week for a maximum of eight weeks

When can I apply?

Applications for 2019 are now closed. New funding rounds are announced on our website and social media channels.

How do I apply?

Read the Terms and Conditions and download the scoring criteria to see how selections are made.
If you need more information or guidance, please contact edufunding@physoc.org.

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What is involved?

Summer Studentships offer undergraduates the opportunity to undertake a research project on any area of physiology over their summer break. Working under a supervisor, they can complete any kind of research project, providing it is hypothesis-driven and requires data collection and analytical skills. This can include education and science communication research as well as data analysis projects.

A Training Day for successful applicants will take place on 20 June 2019. Further details about this will be released nearer the time.

After the project, students are required to submit a report on their work to The Society by 1 October.

Summer placements for 17-year-olds

We also support a research placement scheme for 17-year-olds. We would like to hear from any Member who is interested in this. Take a look at the Nuffield Summer Placement scheme for more information.

  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. Integrated Masters students are eligible to apply within the first three years of their degree only. MSc students, however, are NOT eligible for this scheme.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Supervisors of Summer Studentship Awardees will be responsible for the student and must be actively engaged in their day to day supervision.
  8. 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.
  9. Funds must be used for the expressed purposes as indicated on the original application; any surplus funds must be returned to The Physiological Society.
  10. Please note that these grants, if awarded, are not taxable income.
  11. Following successful completion of a Summer Studentship, students and supervisors will be asked to submit a report on the work completed and provide feedback on the experience, by 1 October of the year of studentship.
  12. The project undertaken during the Summer Studentship can be any kind of research project, providing it is hypothesis-driven and requires data collection and analytical skills. This can include education and science communication research as well as data analysis projects. Literature reviews are not acceptable.

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