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    There are a number of things one can do after a bioscience degree.
    One might choose to do PhD or Masters to explore a particular research interest.
    Or someone might take a PGCE in order to enter teaching or some other type of post graduate diploma.
    Masters and diploma courses can be found here
    For information on PHD studentships and where there's availability

    Alternatively, you may want to enter the world of work immediately - either in science or an unrelated industry.
    With 20% of graduates achieving a first and 51% achieving a 2.1, one might wonder how to differentiate themselves from the fold in the saturated job market. There are things you can do such as improving the quality of your CV or application (speak to your Uni's Career service), writing a good speculative cover letter to the academic supervisor you wish to work under if research is your goal or working at your Interview skills.

    But one of the most important things one can do is trying to get a studentship or placement in the summer between the 2nd and 3rd years of the degree of 3rd and 4th years for those on a 4 year integrated masters course*. Even if you're not sure whether you want to work in science, it is worth thinking about. It shows initiative and during the placement, you'll be able to acquire transferable skills you can list on your CV and will aid you in your search for graduate opportunities.

    There are generally 3 ways in which bioscience gain experience in the summer. 1) They organise a summer project with a University researcher (this does not have to be your University!) and then they or the researcher applies for funding through a learned society or another type of (charitable) organisation. They usually have to be a member of the organisation which they're applying for funding from. While the applicant doesn't have to be a student/affiliate member, it can be advantageous. If successful, the student receives a stipend during their time undertaking the undergraduate research project**. 2) The student attends a summer school or 3) The student applies for a scheme at a science company.

    Below I've included a list with information on the placement type as well as deadline
    Action on Hearing Loss - Summer Studentships offers funding for placements in a UK research institute or University lab for a project on hearing, deafness or tinnitus research.
    Award: £200 a week towards student living expenses
    Application deadline: 12th April (5pm)

    Alzheimer's Society- Summer Studentships offers funding for students interested in gaining research experience within the field dementia.
    Award: £200 a week up to 8 weeks towards student living expenses; Up to £500 for project expenses
    Application deadline: 30th January

    Amgen Scholar's Programme- Opportunity for Undergraduate University students to gain research experience at one of Europe's leading Universities (there is also a Japan programme). This culminates in a symposium where scientists in academia and industry speak.
    Application deadline: 1st February

    Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour- Summer Studentships for students undertaking research related to animal behavior.
    Award: £200 a week up to 10 weeks towards student living expenses; Up to £500 for research expenses
    Application deadline: 1st February

    Astra Zeneca- Students contribute to one of the industry's cutting-edge drug development projects
    Application deadline: Mid October for Chemistry and end of January for Pharmacy

    BBSRC- Summer Studentships avaialble to students interested in working at a University that has a BBSRC DTP award.
    Award: £2,500 to cover a minimum stipend of £200 per week to the student and to contribute towards research expenses during the placement
    Application deadline: 1st February

    Biochemical Society - Studentship available to undergradate students completing a project in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or a related discipline
    Award: £200 for 6-8 weeks
    Application deadline: 24th February (noon)

    Botanical Society of Scotland
    Award: £400 max

    British Division of the International Academy of Pathology (BDIAP) - Studentships for undergraduate students undertaking research in Histopathology, Cellular Pathology or Cytopathology.
    Award: £150 per week up to 8 weeks
    Application Deadline: End of May

    British Dragonfly Society - Small grant for those wanting to study dragonflies
    Award: Up to £250

    British Heart Foundation for Research Excellence (Oxford)- Vacation Studentship for undergraduate students wishing to undertake cardiovascular research
    Award: £200 per week or £100 per week if living at home. £1000 to the lab for consumables
    Application deadline: 6th February

    British Lichen Society - Studentship available for undergraduates wishing to undertake a research project in a branch of lichenology
    Award: £200 per week for up to 10 weeks plus £200 towards consumables

    British Mycological Society- Bursary for those wishing to gain experience in mycology
    Award: £200 per week for 4-10 weeks; Up to £250 to host institution for consumables
    Application deadline: April 30th

    British Pharmacological Society - Studentship for undergraduates partaking in projects in areas including: Exploratory or applied pharmacology Experimental/translational medicine & clinical research
    Award: £185 per week for up to 10 weeks
    Application deadline: 28th February

    British Psychological Society
    Award: £200 for 6-8 weeks
    Application deadline: 9th March (5pm)

    British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy - Studentship available for undergraduates undertaking a research project in a field relevant to antimicrobial chemotherapy
    Award: £270 per week for up to 10 weeks; Consumables grant of £500 for the Department.
    Application deadline: March 31st

    British Society for Cell Biology - Studentship available for undergrates who want to gain experience in cell biology
    Award: £180 per week for up to 8 weeks
    Application deadline: March 31st

    British Society for Neuroendocrinology
    Award: £140 (£160 in London) per week for 8 weeks; £1000 for identified consumables; BSN membership to Student for 18 months
    Application deadline: April 1st

    British Society for Plant Pathology - Bursary available for students wishing to gain experience in the field of plant pathology
    Award: £200 per week for 8-10 weeks; £500 for consumables
    Application deadline: April 1st

    British Society of Animal Sciences - Scholarship for students wanting to get hands-on experience in animal biosciences research
    Award: £200 per week for 6-8 weeks; £900 for project costs
    Application deadline: 17th April

    British Veterinary Association (BVA) Harry Steele-Bodger Memorial Travel Scholarship- Scholarship for vet students wishing to undertake a research project abroad that is the student's own and not part of an expedition
    Award: Up to £500
    Application deadline: February 20th (5pm)

    Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) - Fund for students wishing research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors at Caltech and JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity.
    Award: $6000
    Application deadline: February 22nd

    Carnegie Scholarships Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory- Opportunity for Students to undertake original research at the Cold Spring Habor Laboratory. Lectures are given as well as workshops on careers and scientific communication.
    Award: $5000 stipend and free room & board
    Application deadline: January 15th

    Crick Institute, London - 8-week placements which give students hands-on experience and a true feel of what it's like to work in a research lab. Students are paired with postdoctoral supervisors, who provide attentive training and supervision as the students participate in institute life over the summer.
    Award: London living wage (5 days a week 7.5 hours per day) for 8 weeks
    Application deadline: February 12th

    Diamond Light Source- Opportunity for STEM undergraduate students to do a paid reserach or development project at Diamond
    Award: £15,362pa pro rata
    Application deadline: February 9th (5am)

    EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) Summer Research Program - Intensive Research Programme consisting of two months of lab work (40 hours/week Friday Seminars/workshops; Closing Student Symposium and Social Events
    Award: Travel expenses and Stipend which will be aprox (1500 Swiss Franc) £1200 after housing is paid for
    Application deadline: January 31st

    Genetics Society Genes and Development
    Award: £200 per week for up to 8 weeks; £750 for expenses
    Application deadline: March 31st

    HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) Janelia Research Campus Undergraduate Scholars Program - 10-week summer program aimed at well-prepared, independent, and committed students with significant research experience
    Award: $5000 stipend in addition to all expenses being covered

    Howard Hughes Medical Centre HSCI (Harvard Stem Cell Institute) Internship Program (HIP) - Programme for undergraduate students wishing to gain experience working with stem Cells
    Award: $4500 stipend to include housing costs of £3400
    Application deadline: February 1st (5pm)

    IAESTE- Award for students wishing to get experience in over 80 countries
    Award: Salary while on placement
    Application deadline: November 24th

    Imperial College London - Faculty of Medicine - 8 weeks of intensive laboratory research experience provided to undergraduate students in the biological and clinical sciences, and one position in science communication
    Award: Stipend of unknown value
    Applications open: Mid February

    John Innes Centre -Summer school where undergraduate researchers can undertake a research programme in plant, microbial and computational biology and join a community of 300 researchers
    Award: Free accommodation and £200 per week stipend
    Application deadline: January 18th

    Lister Institute of Preventative Medicine - Studentship available for students wishing to work under a Lister Fellow or former Fellow
    Award: £2000 to include a notional £200 a week for 6-8 weeks stipend; Remainder use to offset lab costs
    Application deadline: Autumn of the previous year but fellows who are unexpectedly approached by a student whom they particularly wish to have in their laboratory are encouraged to contact the Institute to see if funding for a studentship can be made available.

    Marine Biological Association of the UK - Studentships available for students wishing to pursue a research project under a MBA research fellow
    Award: £1500 for 10 weeks
    Application deadline: February 19th

    Merck Sharp and Dohme - Industry Summer Placements for Students wishing to gain experience in the pharmaceutical industry
    See website for more details

    Microbiology Society - awards to enable undergraduates to work on microbiological research projects during the summer vacation.
    Award: £185 per week for 6-8 weeks; £400 for research costs; Undergraduate student membership to the society after completion of the project
    Application deadline: 10th February

    Nuffield Department of Medicine - Opportunity for undergraduate students to work in a laboratory environment with an Oxford University Principal Investigator (PI) and their team in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine for a period of approximately eight weeks.

    Queen's University Marine Laboratory
    Award: £150 per week for 8 weeks
    Application deadline: Varies by department. Check hyperlinked website for more details

    Royal Microscopical Society - Studentships for undergraduates undertaking projects with significant microscopy component
    Award: £2000
    Application deadline: February 3rd

    Royal Society of Biology - Studentship aimed at those wanting to gain research experience in plant health sciece
    Award: £300 for 8-10 weeks; £500 for lab costs
    Application deadline: February 20th

    SENS Research Foundation Summer Scholars Program (Oxford) - Opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's Disease.
    Application deadline: February 6th (noon)

    Society for Endocrinology - Studentship for undergraduate students undertaking a research project in endocrinology or the life sciences
    Award: £185 per week for up to 10 weeks plus up to £1,000 for consumables
    Application deadline: 11th March

    Society for Reproduction and Fertility Scholarship to enable particularly promising students to work during the summer vacation in university departments or research institutes on research projects related to reproduction, fertility and lactation in humans and other animals.
    Award: £250 per week for up to 8 weeks; £750 for consumables
    Application deadline: March 31st (5:30pm)

    The Gatsby Charitable Foundation - Studentship to allow undergraduate students continue their interest in plant science through summer research projects in laboratories outside their place of study
    Award: £4000 and fast track into consideration for Sainsbury's PhD studentship
    Application deadline:

    The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR)- Opportunity for undergraduate students to undertake a research project which will be supervised by a research team based at either in the Chelsea or Sutton site.
    Award: £250 per week stipend for 6-8 weeks
    Application deadline: February 27th

    The Kupcinet-Getz International Science School (Weizmann Institute of Science) - Enrichment programme for undergraduate students each summer to participate in research projects in mathematics, physics, chemistry and the life sciences at the Institute
    Award: NIS 500 or £106 per week for 8 weeks
    Application deadline: December 24th

    The Vienna Biocenter Summer School - Summer school where each fellow will be allocated a faculty member, with whom they will work closely. Lectures will be given by lecturers who will talk about recent discoveries and state of the art techniques in their respective fields
    Award: 1400 euros or £1198 plus free accommodation
    Application deadline: January 31st

    The Wellcome Trust - Scholarship providing promising undergraduates with hands-on experience of research during the summer vacation, with the aim of encouraging them to consider a career in research.
    Award: £250 per week for 6-8 weeks
    Application deadline: February 27th

    The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
    Award: Salary of £1258 per month for 3 months

    The Zurich Biology Undergraduate Summer School (BUSS) - Opportunity for Undergraduate Students to perform a significant 9 week research project in one of the participating laboratories of the University of Zurich or the ETH Zurich.
    Award: Travel and housing costs will be covered
    Application deadline: January 31st

    UCL Institute of Child Health - Opportunity for undergraduate students with no research experience to undertake a project based entirely in the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.
    Award: £190 per week for up to 8 weeks
    Application deadline: March 6th

    UNIL (Universite de Lausanne) Summer Undergraduate Research Programme - Opportunity for undergraduate biological science or medical students to undertake research in the summer.
    Award: 1500 Swiss Franc or £1205 plus paid accommodation. Up to 500 Swiss Franc or £401 for travel there
    Application deadline: 31st January (midnight)

    Uniliver - 12 weeks of on the job experience with real responsibiilties.
    Award: £20,000 pro rata

    Universities Federation for Animal Welfare(UFAW) - Studentship with aim of helping students develop their interests in animal welfare and to provide them with an opportunity to conduct relevant research
    Award: £200 per week for up to 8 weeks; Up to £50 per week to the lab for expenses
    Application deadline: February 28th

    US Lab Directory - American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Directory for Summer Research programmes for each state in the U.S.

    *while it's possible to find things during the summer after the first year of undergraduate study, many organisations and companies will not provide funding or the placement due to the lack of knowledge of lab experience
    **it's perfectly possible to volunteer at a lab if that is affordable or your chosen supervisor is not affiliated with a suitable organisation
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