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Summer Student Programme Criteria

Summer Student Programme Criteria

Our Summer Student Programme gives students the opportunity to gain  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

  • This year we will be accepting applications for both lab-based and desk-based research projects. Desk-based projects might include bioinformatics studies, development of computational techniques, or systematic reviews.
  • 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.
  • Proposed projects must have the potential to be carried out this summer and to be completed by 31 August 2021 under the current pandemic restrictions. The latest a project can start is 5 July 2021. Please consider this before applying for a Summer Studentship grant.
  • Summer research projects must show the potential to replace any regulated animal experiment 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 also not support the use of any animal-derived biomaterials (such as foetal calf serum (FCS),  collagen, trypsin etc.) during a project, for any reason.

You can search for replacement FCS-free media for many cell types by visiting

Student and Supervisor Eligibility

  • Students must be undertaking or have recently completed a degree relevant to advancing animal replacement science (biomedical science, computational chemistry, biophysics etc.).
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least two years of their degree.
  • Students must be available to attend our free 2-day online Summer School (dates to be confirmed), which will take place in early September.
  • Students are required to present their summer research project in the form of a 3-minute oral presentation with PowerPoint slides 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, Company). 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 can then apply on their behalf.

Applicants (the students’ supervisor) do not need to be tenured or have a permanent contract to apply; PhD Students, PostDocs, Research Assistants, Technicians or Lab managers are also eligible to be the grant holder for the Summer project.

Animal Free Research UK is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive research environment where there is equal access to funding opportunities. We actively seek and encourage applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Interested in applying? Find out how to apply.


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