Birmingham Cancer Research UK Centre Vacation Scholarships – Further Information

Cancer Research Uk signage at the University of BirminghamThe Birmingham Cancer Research UK Centre Vacation Scholarships aim to provide undergraduates who are considering a future career in cancer research with practical experience of working in an active research laboratory during the summer vacation


Undergraduates who are in the penultimate year of a Medical Science, Biological Science or related basic science degree. The projects will take place in the summer before the final year of study. Please note that these scholarships are aimed at non-clinical undergraduates.

Research projects

Eligible projects will be aligned to one of the following research themes of the Cancer Research UK Centre:

  •  Cancer Immunology
  •  Viral Oncology
  •  Translational Genetics
  •  Haematology
  •  Surgical Oncology
  •  Cancers of Unmet need

What's included?

Scholarships will run for a mutually suitable 8 weeks between June and September, and will provide a stipend for the student of £180 per week along with a total of £560 to the supervisor for research expenses.

How many are avilable?

There will be two Birmingham Cancer Research UK Centre-funded Vacation Scholarships available for summer 2014.

Application process

The application process involves the following stages:

1. Students should identify a research theme of interest and complete the online Step into Research application form. Deadline Friday 16th January 2015.

2. Successful applicants will be invited to meet with relevant researchers to discuss possible projects.

3. Students and supervisors submit a joint application for the Birmingham Cancer Research UK Centre Vacation Scholarship. Deadline Friday 27th March 2015.

4. The applications are then subject to a competitive process and successful candidates will be notified by Friday 29th May 2015.

The Birmingham Cancer Research UK Centre Vacation Scholarship application form will be available online through the Step into Research website from January 2015, in readiness for the joint student/supervisor application deadline of 27th March 2015.

What else is required?

The successful applicants will be required to participate in at least one Cancer Research UK public engagement activity during the 8 weeks (which will also provide students with a valuable training opportunity), and to submit a short report upon completion of the project detailing their experience and future plans.


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