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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.

We’re changing our funding schemes

The way we fund research is changing to support our new strategy. A simplified set of funding schemes will be open for applications in summer 2021.

We will continue to fund Biomedical Vacation Scholarships until the end of summer 2024.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK

Level of funding:

Salary at the real 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. 

See the 'How to apply' section on this page for a list of universities that run our Biomedical Vacation Scholarships.

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 real 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wellcome has decided to cancel the Biomedical Vacation Scholarship scheme for 2020. The scheme will re-open in 2021. If you have any questions relating to an existing application, please contact the Biomedical Vacation Scholarship programme you applied to, using the links below.

In 2021, applicants should apply directly to one of the universities below that run our Biomedical Vacation Scholarships.


More information

Before February 2019, students who wanted to do a Biomedical Vacation Scholarship submitted their application forms to Wellcome. From 2021, 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 recruit students annually (see the ‘How to apply’ section).

Contact us

If you applied to a Biomedical Vacation Scholarship programme in 2020, and have any questions about the cancellation (due to COVID-19), please contact the programme directly.

If you have a general question, contact: