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Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship Scheme

The ICR offers a limited number of paid undergraduate summer vacation scholarships every year. 

The summer 2019 scheme is now closed

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The ICR offers a limited number of paid undergraduate summer vacation scholarships every year. Students undertake a six to eight week research project under the supervision of a research team based at either our Chelsea or Sutton site. 


The scheme is for undergraduate students at UK Higher Education institutions in the middle years (i.e. second of three, second/third of four) of their undergraduate degrees. Applicants in their first year are not eligible to apply. 

Applications are encouraged from students who have not previously undertaken any form of summer placement. Placements will be offered to exceptional students.

The scheme for summer 2019 is now closed.

Students were asked to contact listed ICR researchers by 28 February 2019. The deadline for submission of applications to the ICR by supervisors is 19 March 2019. Scholarship funding will be allocated through a competitive selection process, and applications that are successful will be announced in early May.

Demand for these scholarships will be high so we cannot guarantee that Team Leaders/designated contacts will be able to respond to all enquiries they receive. If you have not been contacted by 19 March 2019 please assume that your application was not successful this time.

The scheme will reopen again mid January 2020.  

Further information can be found in our FAQs. Please contact Dr Sherin Alias for any questions regarding eligibility or any other queries.

Previous student experiences

“Exploring genetics, an academic area I had never yet encountered and leaving with what I felt was a true insight into the area was incredibly rewarding. What’s more, the opportunity to see how a subject I love, mathematics, is intrinsic to such a field makes me see a possible future within cancer research.” - Belle Atkins

“This experience has taught me the importance of good organisation, multi-tasking, and being innovative in the world of science.” - Ben Sharp

“I found my experience of the vacation scheme incredibly rewarding; it aided my development as a chemist and introduced me to medicinal chemistry, an area I had never previously studied. As a direct result of my time at the ICR, I am now looking into careers in medicinal chemistry.” - Eliza McHugh

“I have learned a lot about machine learning, medical imaging, image processing, the life of academics and the workings of the NHS. I am definitely even more excited to (try and) pursue a career in medical physics.” - Rebecca Beeson

“This whole experience has been very enjoyable and insightful. I would very much like to come back in the future for a studentship/work.” - Ziyue Wang

“It has been incredibly rewarding to work on a project and be heavily involved at every step; from building the OCT imaging system, growing and imaging the cell clusters, writing the volume calculation algorithm, analysing the data to writing the report.” - Alexander Drysdale

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