Crick-Calleva Summer Student Programme eligibility, funding & FAQs

Eligibility

We are looking for high calibre, motivated undergraduates interested in a career in biomedical research, with backgrounds in biological/biomedical sciences, computer science or biophysics. Our standard eligibility criteria are:

  • Students should be registered at a UK university in the UK and be at the end of the second year of a relevant 3 year Bachelors degree course, or be at the end of the second or third year of a relevant 4 year integrated Bachelors + Masters degree, or be at least two years into an MBBS or Medical degree.
  • Non-EU students registered full time at UK universities and studying in the UK may apply, provided their visa allows them to work full-time outside term time. 

Funding 

All students on the Crick-Calleva summer student programme will be awarded funding equivalent to the London Living Wage. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Click on the list below and you will find answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have any other questions, please email student-recruitment@crick.ac.uk.

What does a position on the Crick-Calleva Summer Student Programme involve?

What is the benefit of taking part in the Crick-Calleva Summer Student Programme?

What are the eligibility requirements?

If I have applied for the Sandwich Student Programme, can I apply for the Crick-Calleva summer student programme?

How long is the Crick-Calleva Summer Student Programme?

When will the Crick-Calleva Summer Student Programme begin and end?

Can students studying outside the UK apply? 

What hours will I be expected to work?

Will I get paid?

Could a position on the Crick-Calleva Summer Student programme lead to a PhD offer?

Will you provide me with a reference when I leave?

Do you provide accommodation or travel expenses?

What is the deadline for applications?

Who should I name as referees?

What will happen with my references?

When will I hear whether I will be invited to interview?

When are the interviews?

If I am invited to interview, will my travel and accommodation expenses be paid by the Crick?

What will happen at the interviews?

How will you contact me?

What does a position on the Crick-Calleva Summer Student Programme involve?

The Crick-Calleva Summer Student Programme is a 9-week placement. It provides an opportunity for high calibre, motivated undergraduates considering a research career, to carry out a short, challenging research project at the Francis Crick Institute during the summer. Successful candidates will be funded by the Crick.

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What is the benefit of taking part in the Crick-Calleva Summer Student Programme?

This is a fantastic chance to improve your laboratory skills and project management capabilities and prepare you for further scientific study. If you are considering doing a PhD after your undergraduate degree this is a perfect opportunity to find out more about how research projects develop.

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What are the eligibility requirements?

We are looking for high calibre, motivated undergraduates interested in a career in biomedical research, with backgrounds in biological/biomedical sciences, computer science or biophysics. Our standard eligibility criteria are:

  • Students should be registered at a UK university in the UK and be at the end of the second year of a relevant 3 year Bachelors degree course, or be at the end of the second or third year of a relevant 4 year integrated Bachelors + Masters degree, or be at least two years into an MBBS or Medical degree.
  • Non-EU students registered full time at UK universities and studying in the UK may apply, provided their visa allows them to work full-time outside term time. 

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If I have applied for the Sandwich Student Programme, can I apply for the Crick-Calleva Summer Student Programme?

Yes, you can apply to any of our undergraduate programmes. In the case you are offered a place on the Crick Sandwich student programme, then you will be not be considered for the Crick-Calleva Summer student programme. 

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How long is the Crick-Calleva summer student programme?

The programme runs for 9 weeks.

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When will the Crick-Calleva summer student programme begin and end?

The programme begins on 9 July 2018 and ends on 7 September 2018. There is no flexibility on these dates.

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Can students studying outside the UK apply? 

No. The programme is only open to students who are registered at a UK university and studying in the UK.

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What hours will I be expected to work?

You are expected to work for 5 days a week for approximately 7.5 hours a day. Some flexibility may be required, depending on the nature of the experiments.

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Will I get paid?

All students on the Crick summer student programme will be awarded funding equivalent to the London Living Wage.

Could a position on the Crick-Calleva Summer Student programme lead to a PhD offer?

No, a position on our summer student programme will not automatically lead to a PhD offer. However, the experience gained can only make your applications for PhDs stronger. You are welcome to apply to our four-year PhD programme at the appropriate time but we cannot guarantee that you will be successful.

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Will you provide me with a reference when I leave?

Yes, we will provide a reference if you request it.

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Do you provide accommodation or travel expenses throughout the programme?

No, we do not provide accommodation or travel expenses. Students on the programme will be awarded funding equivalent to the London Living Wage, which is expected to cover these costs.

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What is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for applications for the 2018 Summer student programme is 12 (noon) Monday 12 February 2018.

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Who should I name as referees?

You must be able to provide contact details for two people who can provide a reference recommending you for the summer student programme. At least one of these should be an academic who can comment on your performance so far at university, i.e. an academic tutor, lecturer or equivalent. You may also choose to nominate managers from any science or non-science jobs/work experience that you have. We do not accept personal references.

You will not be able to change your referee details after you have submitted your application. It is therefore very important that you check the following before you submit your application:

  • That your proposed referees are willing to provide a reference for you;
  • That they can provide the reference by the reference deadline; and
  • That you have the correct contact details for them.

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What will happen with my references?

We will contact your referees by email as soon as you submit your application, asking them to complete an online reference form. It is therefore important that you enter your referees' email addresses accurately and that you enter only one email address per referee on the application form. Please also ensure that there are no spaces at the beginning or the end of the email address when you enter it. We will not normally make changes to referee details after your application has been submitted.

When you submit your application please contact your referees to confirm that they have received our reference request email (these emails sometimes get blocked by university security systems or end up in spam folders).

The deadline for reference receipt is 19 February 2018. Your application may be considered if references are not received by the deadline, however, we will not invite any applicants to interview without 2 references in place.

Please help your referees meet this deadline by informing them when you submit your application, and encouraging them to submit their reference soon after receipt of our email.

You and your referee will receive an acknowledgement email once each reference has been submitted.

NOTE: if you leave your application until the closing date your referees will only have a short time to return your reference.

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When will I hear whether I will be invited to interview?

Shortlisted candidates will receive an emailed invitation to interview by 23 March 2018- if you do not hear from us by this date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

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When are the interviews?

Interviews will take place on Thursday 12 April 2018 - you will required to spend the full day at the Crick. For more information, please see below.

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If I am invited to interview, will my travel and accommodation expenses be paid by the Crick?

Yes, we will pay for your accommodation (if needed) and reasonable travel expenses from your term time address if you are invited to interview.

Travel arrangements:

We will reimburse you for reasonable travel costs from a term time address. If travelling by rail or air, you must choose the most economical option and book advance tickets.

Accommodation:

If you require accommodation, we will arrange and pay for a single room at a hotel in central London for the night of Wednesday 11 April. You will be asked about accommodation requirements if you are invited to interview

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What will happen at the interviews?

You will be given more information on this if you are invited to interview.

Briefly, you will learn more about the Crick and the Crick-Calleva summer student programme and have the opportunity to meet some PhD students/ex-summer students. You will be interviewed by a panel of project supervisors, and have 1:1 meetings with postdocs who are interested in your application.

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How will you contact me?

Throughout the application and interview process, we will contact you using the email address that you give on your application form; so please check it regularly. We may also use your telephone contacts.

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