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Undergraduates

BSGCT Undergraduate Research Bursary

The purpose of the award is to give research experience to undergraduates and to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research. The award provides support for the student at a rate of up to £200 per week for a period of between 6 and 8 weeks.

Applications for the 2022 BSGCT Undergraduate Research Bursary are now closed. Details for the 2023 Bursary will be announced in Spring 2023.

Nature of Award
The purpose of the award is to give experience of research to undergraduates with research potential and to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research.
The award provides 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 Monday 30th May 2022.
Interested students can identify potential host supervisors for this scheme by searching our Supervisor Bank

Eligibility                                                              

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.
The student 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 2022 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 2022 in the subject heading.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 30th May 2022. Decisions will be communicated to Supervisors by 6th June 2022.

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If you have any queries please contact Robyn Bell and Carly Bliss at careers@bsgct.org.

Previous Winners

The BSGCT would like to congratulate the successful applicants for our Undergraduate Research Placement Scheme.

2019

Hester Chu, UCL School of Pharmacy, who undertook a summer project entitled “Developing AAV for gene therapy for ACTA2 vascular disorder” under the supervision of Dr Joanne Ng at the UCL EGA Institute for Women’s Health.

Holly Ellard, University of Bath, who undertook a summer project entitled “Developing AAV-mediated gene transfer into human saphenous vein bypass grafts” under the supervision of Prof Andrew Baker at the University of Edinburgh.