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Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarships

The Wellcome Trust’s Biomedical Vacation Scholarships provide promising undergraduates from underrepresented groups with hands-on experience of research at Queen Mary during the summer holidays, with the aim of encouraging you to consider a career in research.

Due to the Covid-19 global health pandemic, this programme is being delayed until Summer 2022.

How will the research projects be structured?

  • Projects will be 6-8 weeks in duration over the summer holidays and are full time, unless otherwise agreed with your Academic supervisor.
  • Academic supervisors will advertise their individual research projects like a job and students will be asked to apply with a CV and covering letter.
  • The research project may be done in the laboratory, office, clinic or field and may involve experimental or theoretical approaches, depending on the type of research the supervisor undertakes.
  • Each supervisor is permitted to host only one Wellcome Trust funded student.
  • A total of 6 projects will be offered each summer.

Will I be paid for this work?

 You will be paid London Living Wage for your work (£10.75/hour), plus holiday pay and National Insurance contributions. In addition, you will receive:

  • Up to £2,000 to cover or subsidise accommodation and travel if required.
  • £500 towards the cost of materials and consumables.

Am I eligible to apply?

Participating students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Either a current Queen Mary University of London student or a current student of a non-Russell Group University located in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Please click here to see a full list of Russell Group Universities.
  • Students must be registered on a relevant undergraduate course. Examples of relevant subjects include: science (biomedical, computing or physical sciences), medicine, dentistry, global health, engineering, mathematics and psychology.
  • Students are in either their 2nd year of a 3 or 4 year degree or the 3rd year if in a 4 year degree.
  • Eligible students must not be undertaking a research project as part of their degree. Please note that these awards are intended to provide students with new experiences with the aim of encouraging them to consider a career in research. QMUL will therefore give preference to undergraduates with no previous research experience.
  • Each student can only apply to one QMUL hosted project per summer.

 Students are ineligible if they:

  • Have previously undertaken a vacation scholarship from Wellcome or another funding body, or have had significant research experience
  • Have completed or are currently undertaking a one-year placement in research as part of their degree, as they would have had the opportunity to undertake research before the scholarship period.
  • Are a graduate-entry medical student who has completed a previous undergraduate degree in a science-related subject, as they would have had an opportunity to apply during their first undergraduate degree 

How do I apply?

More information regarding the 2022 scheme will be posted here towards the end of 2021.


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