Crick-Calleva Summer Student programme

We look for high-calibre, motivated undergraduates with backgrounds in a relevant subject (e.g. biological or biomedical sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering and computer science) to join the Crick-Calleva Summer Student programme.

Applications are currently closed

Applications to the 2023 summer programme will open in early January 2023.

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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. 

The lab-based experience I earned during placement will be invaluable to my future in scientific research. The Crick's welcoming environment allowed a creative approach to designing the research project and an open space to answer any questions."
Charlotte Broad, 2021 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!

What we offer

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;
  • a salary that meets the London Living Wage to cover living and travel costs during the placement.

Who is eligible

Applicants must:

  • have legal right to work in the UK, and
  • be registered at a UK universities, and studying in the UK for an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, and
    • be in the second year of study for an undergraduate bachelor's or integrated master's degree in England, Northern Ireland or Wales 
    • OR be in the third year of study for an undergraduate bachelor's or integrated master's degree in Scotland
    • OR be in the second year of study of a medical degree anywhere in the UK.

Students studying for degrees at universities outside the UK are not eligible for this programme.

First year students, final year students and students studying postgraduate master's degrees are not eligible for this programme.

Hear from past students

As a Crick summer student, I was trained in exciting scientific techniques and developed professional skills in a fast-paced, supportive environment.

I gained the confidence to pursue my career aspirations in becoming a neuroscientist.

Marva Chan

I can't believe how much I have learnt both inside and outside the lab. I had the opportunity to design, carry out, analyse and present my own experiments.

It was a real privilege to work along pioneering scientists and share the Crick's top-notch research facilities.

Marta Zaccaria

The summer student programme was the opportunity of a lifetime and gave me a practical insight into the world of scientific research.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it has encouraged me to pursue a career in science.

Merissa Hickman