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Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship Scheme

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

The summer 2018 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. 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 2018 is now closed.

Students were asked to contact listed ICR researchers by 28 February 2018. The deadline for submission of applications to the ICR by supervisors is 19 March 2018. 

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 2018 please assume that your application was not successful this time.

The scheme will open again mid January 2019.

Further information can be found in our FAQs and you can also contact Dr Sherin Alias with any remaining questions.

Previous student experiences

Being part of an active research group was very helpful in giving me an idea of how the scientific process is executed in practice” – Ramana Carthigesan

The level of independence required during this studentship helped me understand what PhD studies and a research career would be like” – Lisa Petris

“It was very satisfying to study a subject deeply and explore it, to a level I had not experienced before”
- Annie Howitt

“It is really rewarding at the end when you can see all of your hard work fit nicely together in the analysis” - Jake Probert

“This scholarship gave me an opportunity to pursue the biomedical interest I have, in a practical research environment” - Henry Rodriguez-Broadbent

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