Undergraduate Summer Studentship Programme

SoCoBio DTP offers research placements to undergraduate students each summer between July and September. These are excellent for gaining experience in research and determining your aptitude for further research. Placements are funded and for a period of 6 weeks.

Applications are now CLOSED for our 2022 UG Summer Studentship Programme

Each year , we offer undergraduates from across the UK the opportunity to undertake a summer research studentship at one of our partners. Placements last up to 6 weeks and can be taken between 1 June and 30 September. Students also receive a bursary – set above the minimum living wage rate.

Click and view our 2022 projects   2022 Project List 

We have 8 studentships available for first-generation students and at least 5 for students from under-represented groups.

Projects are available at all our DTP’s partners – University of Kent, University of Portsmouth, NIAB EMR, University of Southampton and the University of Sussex.

Application process

Please complete the application form below by 4pm GMT on 31st March 2022.

 UG Summer studentship Application Form 

Important: read the SoCoBio UG Summer Studentship Programme application Guidance Notes before completing this application.

Students are invited to select the locations where they would like to undertake the summer studentship on the application form.  Once accepted to the programme and a DTP partner location, students will be sent a list of projects at this location to choose from.


Eligible criteria for the UG Summer Studentship Programme is:

  • Students must be a first-generation student: First generation means that neither of your parents/guardians have been to university and got a degree. You count as being first generation to go to university even if the following people have gone to university:  your siblings, your biological parents (if you’re adopted), or a parent with whom you’ve had no contact during your secondary and post-16 education. 
  • Students should be in the middle years (in either 2nd year of study for 3-year long degrees or 2nd /3rd year for 4-year long degrees) of their first degree.
  • Student’s degree should be in any subject relevant to the BBSRC remit and at any SoCoBio DTP Partner.
  • Students must be resident in the UK at time of application. 
  • Students don’t need to be studying at a DTP partner they can be from anywhere in the UK.
  • Under-represented groups include: students with caring responsibilities, minority ethnic groups (BAME), first generation students, mature students, disabled students.

We encourage applications from groups currently under-represented in Bioscience research.

Review criteria & selection process

The DTP Management Board will select students based on the information provided in their application form.  Students will be informed of the outcome of their application by 18 April 2022. Successful students will be sent a list of projects to choose from at the location of their studentship award.