Apply for a Summer Studentship or Fellowship

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 The Animal Free Research UK Summer Studentship & Summer Fellowship schemes have been established to assist undergraduate or recently graduated students in gaining practical animal-replacement research experience by working in a laboratory environment.

The Summer Fellowships have been made possible through the immense generosity of Alan & Kathie Stross. Alan and Kathie were both dedicated supporters of Animal Free Research UK and believed that medical research should continue without the use of animals.

These short summer projects are a great way to get students to begin their research careers. They also allow students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how to conduct animal-free research. Former students have found that these short projects influence their career decisions and encourage them to pursue non-animal based research careers.

Summer Studentships and Fellowships Overview

The table below provides further information for each grant type.



For biomedical science UNDERGRADUATES who have completed at least 2 years of a relevant degree For biomedical science GRADUATES
Duration: 8 weeks Duration: 12 weeks
Stipend: £180/week Stipend: £200/week
Consumables: up to £500 Consumables: up to £1,000
Projects must show the potential to replace any regulated animal experiments in the UK Projects MUST offer the potential to replace the use of cats, dogs or primates in the UK

Student and Supervisor Eligibility

Students cannot apply for the funding for either scheme directly. Applications must be made by a staff member at an appropriate research facility (University, Hospital, Research Institute). We encourage students who wish to undertake a Summer Studentship or Summer Fellowship to get in touch with a potential supervisor to discuss the opportunity to work with them. The supervisor may then apply as the grant holder on their behalf.

Supervisors (grant holders) do not need to be tenured or have a permanent contract to apply; PostDocs, Research Assistants, Technicians or Lab managers are also eligible to be the Grant holder for the Summer project.

Project Criteria

Summer Studentship projects must show the potential to replace any regulated animal experiments in the UK. Summer Fellowship projects must offer the potential to replace the use of cats, dogs or primates in regulated procedures in the UK.

Research that requires or involves the use of animals (defined as any organism of the Kingdom Animalia, excluding humans) in any way, even though the ultimate aim may be to replace their use, will not be supported. 

Animal Free Research UK will not support the use of any animal-derived biomaterials (such as foetal calf serum (FCS), animal-derived antibodies, collagen, trypsin etc.) for any reason. We have published a website where you can search for FCS-free media for many cell types –

How to Apply

We have moved to an online application process

From this year, we are now only accepting applications via our online application portal. This requires you to register for an account, but this will allow you to return to your application at any stage and add/edit/modify information before submitting the form online. There is no need to send us a hard (printed) copy of the application or other associated documentation.

Click here to apply now for a Summer studentship or Fellowship

Or copy+paste the following URL into a new browser window:

Clicking on the above link will start a NEW application, therefore returning applicants should visit to access the Accounts Portal from where you can continue with your application.

For a guide to using the application system please read this document.

Please note that we are fortunate this year to also have some additional specific funding for research into Coronary Thrombosis and would very much encourage scientists in this particular field of research to apply for a Summer Studentship or Summer Fellowship. Funding for research in this area is separate to the general funding for Summer Studentships and Summer Fellowships.

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Monday 16 April 2018.

To help you prepare your application, you will need at least the following information

  • Research project statement (including background, objectives, how the student will be supervised and a consumables breakdown);
  • A lay-person summary of the project;
  • Examples of the number and species of animals the project has the potential to save.
  • Examples of the types of animal experiments conducted that relate to the work that this project could replace if successful (include references).
  • A statement on the impact of the project on biomedical research, humans, and animals in research.

There is no need to specify a particular student at the time of application, but it will speed up the application process if you have a student in mind when applying. The student will need to provide the following information to the applicant during the application process:

  • Personal contact details for the student;
  • Student degree details (including expected classification for fellowship applicants);
  • Personal statement from the student that includes their education history, why they want to undertake a studentship/fellowship, their future plans/career aspirations and how this particular project will help.

This information can be collated separately prior to applying and then the information inserted into the application form in the relevant sections.

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