Summer Studentships

Lister Institute Summer Studentships

As part of our aim to nurture the future leaders in biomedical research the Lister Institute provides funding for summer students in biomedical fields.

The summer studentship scheme is open to all Fellows and Former Fellows of the Institute working in the UK and provides funding for a student to spend time working in a Fellow’s laboratory during the summer holiday period. This provides an opportunity for Lister Fellows (current and former) to receive additional support for their research. It also provides a great opportunity for an under-graduate student to experience working in a top laboratory and to undertake their own project. The students are also invited to attend the Lister Annual Fellows meeting and to present their research in a poster presentation. This is particularly valuable to those thinking about a career in research and a great networking opportunity. The award has proved to be an excellent stepping-stone in the careers of the students with the majority registering for PhDs and a number going on to publish in high profile journals.

The Lister Summer Studentships were first established in 2011 with 20 studentships awarded. Since that time over 500 have been funded.

The Scheme

The scheme is aimed at undergraduates, usually at the end of their second year and provides a total of £2,500 that is paid prior to the commencement of the studentship. To obtain the full amount of £2,500 the studentship must be held for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 10 weeks. Any excess funds may be used to offset laboratory costs. All funds will be paid directly to the Host Institution. Full Terms and Conditions can be found here.


How to Apply

If you are a student interested in a Lister Institute-funded summer studentship, please make contact with a current or former Lister Fellow.

Towards the end of each year, the Lister Institute will write to all Fellows to ask if they would like to be considered for a studentship. Studentships will be allocated to Fellows on a first come, first served basis.

All Fellows who are allocated a studentship will be required to register online and fill in the necessary paperwork before the Institute can pay any monies. Payment is usually made in June and detailed report will be due after the project finishes, typically in September.

If you have any questions about the Lister Summer Studentships, please contact


Here’s what some of the previous staff and students who have benefited from the Lister summer studentship scheme say about the experience: