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Undergraduate summer placements

We offer undergraduate students from across the UK and Ireland the opportunity to undertake a paid Biomedical Vacation Scholarship during the summer holidays, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Undergraduate summer placements

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided that the Biomedical Vacation Scholarship placements funded by the Wellcome Trust will not be able to run this summer. Information regarding the 2022 scheme will be posted here towards the end of 2021.

Each year, we offer undergraduate students from across the UK and Ireland the opportunity to undertake a paid Biomedical Vacation Scholarship during the summer holidays, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Placements will last for eight weeks and a salary will be provided at the living wage rate (currently £9.20 per hour). A list of projects for 2020 can be found at the below link.

Please complete the below application form and send this, together with your CV and a transcript of your marks so far, to wellcomebvs@manchester.ac.uk by Friday 20 March 2020.

We also have MRC DTP and BBSRC DTP undergraduate summer placements that you may be interested in. Please note you can only apply to ONE of these placement schemes.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a placement, you should:

  • be in the middle years of your first degree;
  • be registered for a basic science (including mathematics and engineering) or veterinary degree at a UK university;
  • have Home/EU status;
  • be expected to obtain a First or Upper Second class honours degree.

You must also meet at least one of the following widening participation criteria:

  • You have been in public care for a minimum of three months since the age of 11.
  • You are from a low-income background evidenced by receipt of maintenance grant and/or a higher rate of maintenance loan during undergraduate studies. Consideration will be given to the number of years that a maintenance grant was received and the amount awarded, or the rate of maintenance loan received (if you started your undergraduate course following the phasing out of maintenance grants).
  • You come from one of the most deprived areas of the UK as indicated by ACORN and LPN data. This is based on home postcode before attending university. To calculate this, please enter your details on the Check your eligibility page. The system will generate a yes/no response for your home postcode.
  • You are/were in receipt of a Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) as part of your undergraduate studies or are receiving/received support from your undergraduate university's disability office.
  • You have been recognised as a refugee or asylum seeker or been granted humanitarian protection status by the UK government, or are the partner or child of someone who has been granted refugee, asylum seeker or humanitarian protection status.
  • You are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
  • You are the first generation in your family to attend university and be studying an undergraduate or equivalent qualification (neither of your parents has a BA, BSc or equivalent undergraduate degree).

Preference will be given to students who wish to use the placement to find out more about their suitability and aptitude for further research, particularly if the project is in an area of science different from their main subject area.

You are not eligible to apply for this scheme if you are:

  • studying on a course with an integrated master's
  • studying on a course with an industry/placement year
  • enrolled on a course outside of the UK or Republic of Ireland.

Contact us

Any queries can be sent to wellcomebvs@manchester.ac.uk.