Biomedical Vacation Scholarships

These awards provide promising undergraduates with hands-on experience of research during the summer holidays, with the aim of encouraging them to consider a career in research.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK

Level of funding:

Salary at the National Living Wage

Duration of funding:

6 to 8 weeks

Who can apply

You can apply for a Biomedical Vacation Scholarship if you're studying for an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject and you want to find out more about research in the biomedical sciences.

Examples of relevant subjects include:

  • science (including biomedical, natural, computing or physical sciences)
  • medicine
  • dentistry
  • veterinary medicine
  • engineering
  • mathematics.

The university where you're currently doing your undergraduate degree must be in the UK or Republic of Ireland. 

A list of universities offering Biomedical Vacation Scholarships during the summer holidays will be made available on this page by December 2019. 

You're eligible to apply in the middle year(s) of your degree, when you have not yet undertaken a substantial period of research. 

We particularly encourage students from groups that are currently underrepresented in postgraduate science research, including black and minority ethnic (BME) students and those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

A Biomedical Vacation Scholarship is for six to eight weeks. It provides a salary at the National Living Wage regardless of age.

If you need help with travel and accommodation costs, you can ask for: 

  • up to £1,500 outside London 
  • up to £2,000 inside London.

Please don't apply to Wellcome. Instead, you should apply directly to one of the universities that run our Biomedical Vacation Scholarships. We will publish a list of these universities on this page by December 2019. 

More information

Before February 2019, students who wanted to do a Biomedical Vacation Scholarship submitted their application forms to Wellcome. From 2020, students will apply direct to one of the universities that run our Biomedical Vacation Scholarships.

We're changing how we award Biomedical Vacation Scholarships because we're hoping to provide more opportunities for students from underrepresented groups.

Develop your research career

Find out how else we support undergraduates.

Key dates

Universities consider applications once a year.

Contact us

If you have a question, contact: