Due to the uncertainty of the current situation, the 2020 run of the Summer Vacation Studentships was cancelled. A decision on whether the 2021 run of the Summer Vacation Studentships will go ahead will be posted on this page in early 2021. 

Grants are available for stipends of £279 per week for 6 weeks, and up to £1,674 in total, to support an undergraduate student to carry out a summer lab placement. This scheme not only benefits the student as they get valuable research experience, but the supervisor also gains an extra pair of hands in the lab.

Thomas was involved in a number of on-going projects and he has made significant contributions to some of the background work in a number of these.  He was a pleasure to have in the lab, worked hard and I think that both he and we benefited considerably.  Alan Berry (Supervisor, University of Leeds, UK)

I found the experience incredibly rewarding. Being able to work in a research laboratory has enthused me with a real love for science, and has definitely made me realise that I want to be a research scientist.” Lewis Taylor (Student, University of Bath, UK)

Interested students must pair up with a potential supervisor, develop a project together, then apply for funding. Supervisors must be members of the Biochemical Society for at least 12 months prior to the closing date of the grants. The student does not need to be a member of the Society, but when ranking proposals preference will be given to student members.

Please note that this grant is open to everyone, you do not need to be a member to apply.  If however, you wish to apply as a Biochemical Society member, please follow the steps below:

  • fill in the registration interests form provided here (once the system is back online we will contact you directly to process your membership application)
  • In your Summer Vacation Studentship application, enter ‘I intend to apply for membership’ in the Member Number field

See Criteria and Guidelines for more.

For general information on the grants, or any questions, please contact the Education department

Find out key information about the scheme. Alternatively, you can read our Frequently Asked Questions.  Learn more >

Including when and where to send your report on your studentship and what to include. Learn more >

Guidelines for writing your report and where to send it when you’re done. Learn more >

The Eisenthal Prize

An annual prize awarded to the top ranked student application form. Find out more and see the previous winners. Learn more >

Past studentships and reports

Read reports, blogs and see photos from previous years. Learn more >

Student blogs

Read the blogs from students during their summer lab placements. Learn more >