The Undergraduate Summer School 2018 in Norwich, UK

Deadline:  19 January 2018
Open to: Students at universities and educational institutions within the UK and abroad
Venue: 01 Jul 2018 - 26 Aug 2018 in Norwich, UK


The Undergraduate Summer School is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students from all corners of the globe to spend 8 weeks here at our internationally renowned research centre, partnering with fellow co-located institutes; The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Earlham Institute.

You will experience amazing plant and microbial science, interacting with some of the most esteemed scientists in the world, gaining an unrivalled research experience, to take into your future careers.

Alongside the invaluable career development skills you will pick up, the Summer School is a social event, where you will meet like-minded people from around the world, developing lifelong friendships. The 8 weeks include frequent organised social activities, from an introductory make-your-own pizza night, meals out, BBQs and finally a 2-day hotel stay on the beautiful North Norfolk coast.


Students at universities and educational institutions within the UK and abroad are eligible to apply. The range of disciplines includes the Physical Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematics and the Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Applications on behalf of first-year students, final-year undergraduates already committed to a PhD Program, or graduates, will not be considered. Medical students, and medical students studying for intercalated science degrees, are not eligible.

Students must be registered at a higher education institution for the majority of their degree.  Since this is an international training programme, the eligibility criteria may be slightly different for different countries. In all cases, eligible applicants should be at the stage in their education when they are considering the possibility of eventually undertaking a PhD programme, but at the time of application they should not have chosen or accepted any particular PhD studentship programme.


  • £200 pw spending money
  • Free accommodation in a private en-suite room, with shared kitchen
  • An organised programme of training, research, seminars, workshops and social events
  • The chance to be part of a world-renowned scientist's laboratory and to directly contribute to their cutting-edge research
  • An opportunity to experience life in a truly world-leading scientific institute across a variety of biological and chemical sciences; including microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology and computational and mathematical biology


Selection of applicants will be the sole responsibility of the IUSS committee. The programme is competitive and applications will be judged primarily on the academic ability and track record of applicants. Preference will be given to Students who are expected to achieve a 1st or 2.1 degree (or equivalent outside the UK) in their final examinations and who are considering careers in research.

The application must be made by the applicant in person. However, if they wish to do so, applicants are welcome to discuss potential projects with Project Leaders at JIC/TSL/EI in advance of their application.  Details of Project Leaders who are offering positions in their laboratories may be found on the web site. The application form includes space for a personal statement, a brief curriculum vitae and a statement of choice of preferred research topic.

A supporting statement is also required from the student’s academic tutor. Applications must be made using the application form for 2018.

In order to apply, register HERE.

The official web-page.