Nuffield Summer Placements

Inspire a 17-year-old to choose a career in physiology research. Can you remember who or what inspired you to choose a career in research? Would you like to offer a similar opportunity to a 17-year-old today and open their eyes to what a research career might be like?

Apply to host

What is it?

Together with the Nuffield Foundation, we are offering Members the opportunity to host a 17-year-old for a period of 4-6 weeks during their summer holiday. The students are high achievers from low-income backgrounds with an interest in developing science and research skills. Hosting a project gives you the opportunity to develop your supervision skills whilst collecting data towards a project that you are running. Over 25% of students who apply for a Nuffield Research Placement are interested in biomedical sciences so there’s a huge demand in this area.

The Nuffield Foundation pay student travel costs and prioritise young people from low-income backgrounds or with no family history in Higher Education.

Who is eligible?

Any Full, Affiliate or Associate Member, including PhD students, based in a UK institution that has a safeguarding children policy. You can also apply to be a co-supervisor with another Member.

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


What are the benefits?

  1. Develop your teaching and mentoring skills as well as gain management experience for your portfolio e.g. for HEA Associate Fellowship
  2. A chance to inspire a 17-year-old and showcase your area of research; they may one day become a student of yours or a potential collaborator
  3. The student will make a significant contribution to your work, leading to more published papers and grant applications
  4. Your institution will be able to show that it is committed to increasing access to young people in your local area
  5. There’s no financial commitment. The Nuffield Foundation will pay for the student’s travel costs

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed and will reopen next year.

For more information, please email

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