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
We will continue to fund Biomedical Vacation Scholarships until the end of summer 2024.
Scheme at a glance
For undergraduates who are thinking of a research career.
Where your host organisation is based:
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)
- veterinary medicine
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.
- Health Data Research UK
- King's College London
- Queen Mary, University of London
- University College London
- University of Bristol
- University of Cambridge
- University of Dundee
- University of East Anglia
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Glasgow
- University of Leicester
- University of Manchester
- University of Nottingham
- University of Oxford
- University of Sheffield
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.
Universities recruit students annually (see the ‘How to apply’ section).
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: