Undergraduate Research Experience Placements 2017


BBSRC Research Experience Placements 2017

The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership is offering 10 undergraduate vacation bursaries to provide outstanding students with the opportunity to work in one of the BBSRC’s top training environments. Placements can be undertaken in any of the research organisations associated with the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP.

The scheme is designed to provide promising undergraduate students in the middle years of their degree with “hands-on” experience to encourage them to consider a career in research.

Details: The proposed project should fit within the broad remit of the BBSRC. We particularly encourage projects that address one or more of BBSRC’s strategic priority areas. We will consider applications from teams of 2-3 undergraduates to undertake a project that will benefit from an interdisciplinary approach. However, applications for such projects must clearly demonstrate the benefits that teamwork will bring, and should involve a team of supervisors with relevant interdisciplinary expertise. Each student within a team should have a different, named primary supervisor.

Placements are for 8-10 weeks. The research undertaken should not form part of a normal degree course. Research costs are provided by host laboratories to the level required by the BBSRC. Students will receive pay of £200 per week, and will be required to submit a report to the BBSRC, via the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP, on their research and their experience in October 2017.

To Apply:

  1. Contact research group leaders to discuss a possible project (a list of prospective project supervisors is available here)
  2. Apply by letter, explaining your reasons for doing a research experience placement. In a separate document please provide:
  • The project title
  • The name, e-mail address and telephone number of your chosen supervisor
  • The proposed dates and duration of your project
  • An outline of the proposed research (no more than 500 words)

This proposal must be reviewed and approved by your proposed supervisor prior to submission.

  1. Send your application letter together with your CV and research proposal to james.wright@dtc.ox.ac.uk to be received no later than 17 March 2017. Copy your proposed supervisor in on this e-mail.
  2. Ask your tutor/academic reference to send a reference about your academic work to james.wright@dtc.ox.ac.uk.

Successful applicants will be informed about the outcome of their applications in May 2017.


Selected students must be:

  • In the middle years of their first degree studies
  • Registered for a basic science (including mathematics and engineering) or veterinary degree at a UK university
  • Predicted to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree. Preference will be given to students who wish to use the placement to find out more about their suitability and aptitude for further research, particularly if the project is in an area of science different from their main subject area.
  • Overseas students are eligible to apply in this competition if they are currently studying for an undergraduate degree in a UK institution.