Summer Student Programme Criteria

Summer Student Programme Criteria

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Summer Student Programme Criteria

Our Summer Student Programme was established to allow students to gain practical animal-replacement research experience. Summer research funding is available for recently graduated students or undergraduate students who have completed at least 2 years of a relevant degree. All summer projects should be undertaken for 8-weeks and must be directed towards replacing the use of animals in current research experiments.

Project Criteria

  • Summer research projects are funded for a duration of 8 weeks, with a student stipend of £180 per week to support their living costs during the project and total consumables budget of up to £560.
  • Projects must be completed by 31st August.
  • Summer research projects must show the potential to replace any regulated animal experiment in the UK. We particularly welcome projects with the potential to replace the use of cats, dogs or primates.

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 also not support the use of any animal-derived biomaterials (such as foetal calf serum (FCS), animal-derived antibodies, collagen, trypsin etc.) during a project, for any reason.

You can search for replacement FCS-free media for many cell types on our website

Student and Supervisor Eligibility

  • Students must be undertaking or have recently completed a degree relevant to advancing animal replacement science (biomedical science, computational chemistry etc.).
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least two years of their degree.
  • Students must be available to attend our free 3-day Summer School on 21st-23rd August 2019, which may be either during or after the period of their research project. (Reasonable travel expenses to and from the Summer School will be reimbursed.)
  • Students are required to present their summer research project in the form of a poster presentation at the Summer School.

Students cannot apply for funding 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 research project 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.

Interested in applying? Find out how to apply here.

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