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

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

Scheme at a glance 

Career stage:
Where your administering organisation is based:
Level of funding:

Salary at the real Living Wage

Duration of funding:

6 to 8 weeks

Eligibility and suitability 

What we offer 

How to apply 

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.


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 question about your application, contact the relevant university Biomedical Vacation Scholarships programme.

Develop your research career 

Find out how else we support undergraduates.