Institute for the Physics of Living Systems


IPLS Undergraduate Summer Research Studentships

The Institute for the Physics of Living Systems offers summer studentships to undergraduates interested in pursuing multidisciplinary research projects with biological and physical science components.

The key aims of the studentships are to give motivated undergraduates the opportunity to work on a collaborative research project, gain experience developing and writing a research proposal and presenting their research to their peers.

We plan to support up to four online-projects and one on-campus project. Please state in your application if you are applying for an online-project or an on-campus project. Please note that on-campus projects may be restricted in the summer depending on governmental guidelines in response to the pandemic. Students submitting on-campus projects can also submit an alternative online-project in the same application should the on-campus projects not be possible.

Deadline for applications is Monday 22nd March 2021, 9am. 
General enquiries should be directed to Jas Gill-Thind, IPLS Co-ordinator (j.gill-thind@ucl.ac.uk).

  • Applicants should be undergraduates in the second or third year of their first degree and registered for a basic science degree including but not limited to biology, physics, chemistry, engineering and computer science.
  • Studentships are available to any UK/EU or international student studying at a UK university.

Projects must be a minimum of 8 weeks, up to a maximum of 10 weeks. Projects must be interdisciplinary with both biological and physical sciences components. At least one current UCL academic must be a supervisor on the project. Postdoctoral fellows and PhD students can help in day-to-day supervision. Students will be provided a bursary of £500 for online projects or £2000 for on-campus projects to cover expenses during the studentship.

Application Instructions
  • The student should contact the prospective supervisor ahead of time and the student and supervisor should develop the project and application together.
  • Proposals should be in the form of a one-page motivation letter highlighting why the student is interested in the programme, a 1-side A4 case for support describing the proposed project, and a 1-side A4 CV of the student.
  • The case for support should clearly indicate how the project is interdisciplinary.
  • The case for support should include the name and department of the supervisor, the name and student number of the student, name of university where student is currently attending, fee status and the proposed duration of the project.
  • Deadline for applications is Monday 22nd March 2021, 9am. Proposal and CV should be combined into one PDF document and emailed to Dr. Jas Gill-Thind (j.gill-thind@ucl.ac.uk).
  • Successful applicants will be notified in May 2021.
Review Criteria

The review committee will be composed of academics from both Faculty of Life Sciences and Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

Proposals will be assessed based on their:

  • Quality
  • Planning and project management, specific outcomes should be achievable within the time limit of the project.
  • Benefit to the student in terms of training (including supervision arrangements).
  • Track record and academic potential of the student.

Examples of previous research projects