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Summer students

The Crick-Calleva Summer Student Programme


Join the programme

  • Students of all nationalities registered at a UK university can apply for the summer programme.
  • Applications open: early January 2019
  • Applications close: 07 February 2019
  • Interviews: 21 March 2019
  • Start Date: 01 July 2019

Check our website again in early January 2019 for full details on how to apply to our 2019 start programme. 


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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. 

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

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!


You must:

  • be registered at a UK university, and studying in the UK for an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline
  • be in your second year of study at the time of applying and
  • have the legal right to work in the UK.

There is no flexibility in the programme start date. You will receive funding equivalent to the London Living Wage during your placement.

Just working in this building is amazing. The facilities are incredible.There are labs designed for certain experiments, with people there to help you out who know everything about it.
Sarah Jordan, former Crick-Cavella summer student