Undergraduate summer studentships


Undergraduate Biological Sciences student Maureen Mulia pictured in the lab.

Are you interested in working in a Research Laboratory?

The call for applications for summer 2023 projects is now open.  Deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 3rd February 2023.

The Faculty offers opportunities to work in research laboratories, often during the summer vacation. This type of experience is ideal if you are thinking of continuing with a career in research after graduating, or if you would like to find out what research is all about.

Under the schemes the laboratories offer experimental projects in a wide variety of subject areas, lasting up to 8 weeks (Jennifer Rowles Studentship project will last 7 weeks). The stipends available are approximately £200 per week (£180 per week for the Jennifer Rowles Studentship).

This year, the Faculty will be supporting the annual call for the Dean's Vacation Research Scholarships, as well as offering one Jennifer Rowles Studentship.  Please see below for more information.  In addition to this call, we hope to offer projects on a rolling basis throughout the year, please check back regularly on the ‘Other available projects page’.

Important note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst every effort will be made to offer a lab based project in summer 2023, it may be that an alternative literature project will need to be offered instead.  This will be discussed between the UG and supervisor nearer the time.

Eligible Students:

Science Students and Medical Students between the end of their second year and the end of their penultimate year (but not intercalating students). Please note that students currently in their first or final year are NOT eligible to apply.

Only students registered at a UK university are eligible to apply

For the Jennifer Rowles Studentship, only University of Leeds students are eligible to apply.

Closing date: 3rd February 2023 at 12 midday.

Applications Procedure:

Please send your application by email, selecting one or two projects in order of preference, to fbsris@leeds.ac.uk.

Please note that you are able to apply for a maximum of two projects.

Students are chosen for placements by competition, so your application should consist of a curriculum vitae and letter including;

  • The title(s) of the the project(s) you are interested in. You may apply for more than one project, but please list in order of preference
  • Your school and university courses and grades to date
  • A statement of your career aims and how you might benefit from a Scholarship
  • The name, address, phone number and email addresses of two referees, preferably your tutors