Information for Prospective Students

Scholarships and Funding

Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarships

Important Information for all Applicants

The Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarships are intended to provide promising undergraduates with 'hands-on' research experience during the summer vacation and to encourage them to consider a career in research. The Trust runs its own central selection for these scholarships. 

Eligibility Requirements

Recipients must be undergraduate students registered at a university within the UK or Ireland (including UCL) who:

  • are in the middle year of a first degree studies (i.e. not the first or last year) and registered for a basic science, dentistry or veterinary degree;
  • are between the end of the second year and the end of the penultimate year of a medical degree.

Scholarships are not available for the completion of student projects as part of the normal degree course.

Value: Benefits and Duration

Each award consists of a weekly stipend of for a maximum of 8 weeks over the summer vacations. The weekly stipend rate is for scholarships for placements at UCL is £190 (research expenses are not provided).

Application Deadline and Procedure

If you are interested in applying for the Biomedical Vacation Scholarships you should refer to the Wellcome Trust site for the full details.

Applications must be submitted on behalf of the student, by the project supervisor.

Additional Information to assist with your application -

Project Supervisors

Where the application form requires a second signature by the "secretary of institution/finance representative"; this signature can be provided by UCL Research Administration.

Research Administration do not require a pFACT costing but will require a signed Research Approval Form (available from

Departments are asked to see to find the Research Finance Officer for their department.

Once a scholarship has been awarded, Research Administration will set up individual research accounts to which the expenses can be posted.

Further Information

For all other information about the Wellcome Trust see the website at

Page last modified on 19 dec 11 15:24 by Mark Skinsley

*NOTE: All scholarship and student funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures, deadlines etc.

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