Researchers collaborating in a microscopy room at the Crick.

Crick-Calleva Summer Student programme


Applications now closed

Applications to our 2019 summer student programme are now closed.

Applications for the 2020 summer student programme will open in January 2020. Please check our website again in autumn 2019 for the 2020 recruitment timeline.

Our nine-week summer student programme provides bright, ambitious undergraduates considering a future in biomedical research with hands-on experience of what it's like to work in a research lab.

You will be paired with a postdoctoral supervisor, who will train and supervise you as you participate in institute life over the summer.

You'll benefit from a supportive and stimulating research environment, and scientific and transferable skills training. The types of techniques that you learn will depend on the project and could include molecular biology, cell biology, biochemical, biophysical and computational biology techniques. 

The programme

The programme starts with an induction to introduce you to the Crick, working in its labs, and to each other. During the summer, you will work on your projects and have the opportunity to participate in various student activities including attending a workshop on finding a PhD position.

You will also receive training in scientific presentation skills prior to presenting your work at the Crick-Calleva Summer Student Symposium - a programme highlight at the end of the summer!

What we offer

All I was allowed to do before was shadow scientists. Here I got to be a scientist.
Catriona Haberland, former Crick-Calleva summer student

Successful applicants are provided with:

  • a place on the Crick-Calleva summer student programme;
  • a 9-week full-time (36 hours per week) contract of employment as a Summer Placement Laboratory Research Assistant;
  • salary that meets the London Living Wage to cover living and travel costs during the placement.



Applicants must:

  • have the legal right to work in the UK.
  • be registered at a UK university, and studying in the UK for an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline;
  • not be in their final year of study at the time of applying (for further details see below);

When can i apply?

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Further eligibility information:

  • Students studying for degrees at universities outside the UK are not eligible for the programme.
  • Students studying on a postgraduate Masters degree are not eligible for the programme.
  • Students who have applied for a place on the Crick Sandwich Student programme may apply for the Crick-Calleva summer student programme. However, they will not receive an offer for both programmes.

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