International Undergraduate Summer School at John Innes Centre 479 views

Type of Funding

Partially funded




John Innes Centre is inviting undergraduate students from all over the world to apply for the 8-week International Undergraduate Summer School that will take place from 30 June 2019 to 23 August 2019, at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK. The 2019 Undergraduate Summer School will be held in partnership with the fellow co-located institutes of The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Earlham Institute.

The purpose of the training programme is to provide experience of research to undergraduates with research potential, in order to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research. Each participant will conduct a research project under the guidance of a Project Leader and report their findings through a written report, a research poster and an oral presentation at the end of programme. Participants must attend all scheduled meetings, including the social events, and workshops as well as the end of programme activities. These activities form an integral part of the programme.

Participants will experience amazing plant and microbial science and interact with esteemed scientists.

In their application, candidates are asked to choose 3 projects that they wish to undertake, from a list of 24 projects. However, the selected projects will not be ranked and participants may be allocated any of the projects selected.


Participants will be given a bursary of £200 per week for spending money and free accommodation in a private en-suite room, with shared kitchen, for a total period of 8 weeks. The John Innes Centre/The Sainsbury Laboratory/The Earlham Institute will also contribute bench fees of £500 per student to the host laboratory.

Participants will enjoy an organised programme of training, research, seminars, workshops and social events. This is a chance to be part of a world-renowned scientist’s laboratory and to directly contribute to their cutting-edge research, as well as to experience life in a world-leading scientific institute across a variety of biological and chemical sciences; including microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology and computational and mathematical biology.


Students at universities and educational institutions within the UK and abroad are eligible. They should be students in the following disciplines: the Physical Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematics and the Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

Applications on behalf of first-year students, final-year undergraduates already committed to a PhD Program, or graduates, will not be considered. Medical students, and medical students studying for intercalated science degrees, are not eligible.

Students must be registered at a higher education institution for the majority of their degree.  Eligible applicants should be at the stage in their education when they are considering the possibility of eventually undertaking a PhD programme, but at the time of application they should not have chosen or accepted any particular PhD studentship programme.

Preference will be given to students who are expected to achieve a 1st or 2.1 degree (or equivalent outside the UK) in their final examinations and who are considering careers in research.


Applications are to be done online by 18 January 2019.

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