Researchers collaborating in a microscopy room at the Crick.

Crick-Calleva Summer Student programme


Applications now closed

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019 Crick-Calleva summer student programme. If you submitted an application by the deadline please see applicant information on this page.

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?

More info

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.

Recruitment process

Recruitment timeline

12 noon (GMT), 07 February 2019

Application deadline

14 February 2019

Deadline for referees to submit references

By 11 March 2019

Applicants notified of the outcome of their application.

21 March 2019

Interviews at the Crick

By 05 April 2019

Interviewees informed of final outcome

01 July 2019

Programme start date

30 August 2019

Programme end date


Before beginning an application, you should read the information on this page and the candidate instructions in full.  You should also find out about the summer positions available.

Applications must be submitted through our student recruitment system.

You must complete all required sections of the application form in full. Your application must be submitted by the deadline: 12noon (GMT), Thursday 07 February 2019. Late applications will not be accepted. References should be received by Thursday 14 February 2019. Your application may still be considered if references are not received by this deadline. However, no applicant will be invited to interview unless references have been received.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by Monday 11 March 2019.


Interviews will take place at the Crick on Thursday 21 March 2019. Candidates will spend all day at the institute. The Crick will pay for hotel accommodation (if needed) and reasonable travel expenses from your UK term-time address.

During the morning you will find out more about the Crick and the summer programme, have the opportunity to talk to current students, and you will be interviewed by a panel of project supervisors. In the afternoon, you will be interviewed 1:1 by the supervisors that have shortlisted you.

After the interviews, supervisors will decide who they would like to make an offer to. All interviewees will be notified of the final outcome of their application by Friday 05 April 2019.

The summer programme will start on 01 July and finish on 30 August 2019. These dates are not flexible.

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