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BSGCT Undergraduate Research Bursaries 

These days, practical laboratory skills are highly desirable when competing for research employment or PhD positions. However, many undergraduate (UG) degree programs offer little practical laboratory experience and certainly do not give students a taste of working independently in an active research. In 2012 the BSGCT, in partnership with The Nuffield Foundation, launched an undergraduate student placement scheme. Four outstanding students were awarded an 8-week stipend of £180 per week to work in the laboratory of a BSGCT member during the summer months.

Nature of awards

The purpose of the awards is to give experience of research to undergraduates with research potential and to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research. The awards provide support for the student at a rate of £180 per week for a period of between 6 and 8 weeks.

How can I help?

We would like you to apply for a BSGCT Undergraduate Research Bursary award on behalf of a bright and enthusiastic BSc student for 8 weeks next summer. The BSGCT would particularly like to encourage young investigators (postdoctoral researchers up to newly appointed lecturers) to apply for these grants on behalf of an eligible named student.

I would like to mentor a BSc student but I don’t do much teaching and don’t know any.

No problem, send us an email ( with your name, contact details and research interests. This information will be added to the Supervisor Bank on the BSGCT website so BSc students can find you. Many of your colleagues have already done this and it allows us to match supervisors and students who have similar interests.

I have a student and project in mind, how do I apply?

Details on our eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found here.


The BSGCT are delighted to announce that we are partnering with In2scienceUK year to provide 2 week summer lab placements for gifted A-level science students from low income backgrounds (the poorest 10% of our society). This initiative is to address the fact that 96% of students from independent schools progress onto University while only 16% of students eligible for free school meals do the same (Sutton trust, 2010).

The aim of this scheme is to inspire and motivate students and support them in their application to competitive research universities. If you are interested in this scheme, In2scienceUK will choose an appropriate AS level student from a poor background to place into your lab based on their research interest. Selection of the students is a competitive process and applicants have already completed an application form, been shortlisted and attended an interview with In2scienceUK prior to being placed in your lab. As part of the scheme, students receive a skills training day, a bursary (£100) and a copy of New Scientist magazine. The scheme is designed so that supervisors are asked to complete the minimal amount of paper work. In2scienceUK will ensure all students have health and safety documentation, inductions, access cards and insurance.

We hope you agree that this is a very worthy initiative and BSGCT are delighted to be involved in supporting these young future scientists.

Read the Case Studies for 2014 Read the Impact Report for 2015 Read the Impact Report for 2016 Read the Impact Report for 2017

In2scienceUK are starting to recruit scientists willing to supervise in the London, Oxford and Bath/Bristol areas. If you are interested in hosting a student this year, please contact the scheme co-ordinator Rebecca McKelvey ( Please let her know that you heard about the scheme via BSGCT.

When are the placements and how long do they last?
Placements occur for a period of 2 weeks during the students summer holiday (any time between the 16th July-29th August). A day usually starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm.

Does the student need an individual project?
This is advised but not essential. Students may also support you with your on-going project. Students are able to observe animal studies.

If the student has down time in the lab and there are no experiments to complete, what should they do?
The student will have a number of reading and writing tasks to complete during the placement. Students will write a summary on a journal article, and they will also need to submit a brief report on their placement. This usually includes the techniques they learn, and any results they may have.

How do students afford to get to their placement?
Students receive £100 for the two weeks at placement to pay for their travel and lunch. Students also receive a ‘New Scientist.


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