Undergraduate Students

BSGCT Undergraduate Research Bursaries 

UPDATE - 20 March 2020

Due to the current restrictions and closures affecting UK universities and research institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately we are not able to run this year’s Undergraduate Research Bursary scheme.

We anticipate running the scheme again next year, and news about this will be communicated via our mailing list and social media channels. To ensure you receive these notifications, please check “My Communication Preferences” in your online account; the option for “Can we send you BSGCT announcements?” needs to be set to “Yes“.


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 £200 per week for a period of between 6 and 8 weeks.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm Thursday 9th April 2020.

Interested students can identify potential host supervisors for this scheme by searching our Supervisor Bank


  • Applications are made by researchers who are members of the British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (BSGCT) on behalf of a named undergraduate student who is also a BSGCT member.
  • Researchers in the field of gene therapy at universities and research institutions within the UK are eligible to apply.
  • Applications from BSGCT Industry members will be considered if they can secure funding for 50% of the proposed studentship.
  • Projects must be focused on gene and cell therapy. Subject areas include non-viral gene therapy, viral gene therapy, immunotherapy, monogenic and hereditary disease, stem cells, cancer and oncolytics, cardiovascular/ocular disease and vectorology or genetic vaccines. Postdoctoral researchers and new lecturers, early in their careers are also encouraged to apply, and should note this on the application form, as they will benefit from an early career researcher uplift in score.
  • Only one application should be submitted by a supervisor.
  • Preference will be given to host supervisors who have not previously been awarded a BSGCT URB grant in previous rounds of the scheme.
  • Strictly no more than two awards will be made to an individual department or subject area within multidisciplinary departments or schools. Please bear in mind that this is a national scheme with a limited number of bursaries.
  • Students will take up the award during the summer vacation in their penultimate year (i.e. 2/3 or 3/4) of their degree. Applications on behalf of first- or final-year undergraduates, or graduates, will not be considered.
  • Medical students, and medical students studying for intercalated science degrees, are not eligible for these awards.
  • Mature students are eligible to apply, but must not have a previous degree in any subject.
  • Students must be registered at a UK institution for the majority of their undergraduate science degree.
  • Bursaries will not be awarded for projects that are a part of degree work or for work which will take place overseas.

How to Apply

The application must be made by the person who will supervise the research and not the student. However, supervisors should discuss the project in detail with the nominated student who should also contribute to the project design. Applications must be on the new form for 2020 which can be downloaded here.

Interested students can identify potential host supervisors for this scheme by searching our Supervisor Bank

Please read our guidelines before making an enquiry or completing an application form.

Completed applications with all the relevant signatures should be sent by email to careers@bsgct.org with URB 2020 in the subject heading.

The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight Thursday 9th April 2020 and all applications will be acknowledged by e-mail to Supervisors by Friday 17th April 2020. Decisions will be communicated to Supervisors by mid-May 2020.

View Guidelines

Download Application Form

Download Final Report Template

If you have any queries please contact Linda Popplewell on careers@bsgct.org.

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