How to apply: Summer student training programme

Applications for the Summer student training programme will close at 12:00 noon GMT on Tuesday 06 February 2024.
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Please read the following candidate instructions carefully before starting or submitting your application. You should also read our privacy policy for information on how we store and use your data.

Register on our student recruitment system

You must register on our academic recruitment system and activate your account before you can complete an application form. 

To register, you will be asked to provide a valid email address - please type this in carefully as the account activation link will be sent to this address. Please note that these emails sometimes get blocked by email/university security systems or end up in spam folders, so please check your spam/junk folder.

Please make sure that your email address is one that you will check regularly throughout the application process as this will be how we will contact you.

Complete the application form

The application form has ten sections: personal details, project choice, statement, experience, education, other details, references, equal opportunities, declaration, and candidate instructions.

The Crick summer student programme is very competitive, receiving several hundreds applications each year. Please ensure that you follow the instructions below carefully. You should complete the form with as much detail as possible, liaise with your referees, and check your application for accuracy before you submit. It is not possible to make changes to your application after it has been submitted.

You can move from section to section by clicking on the left-hand links. You can save your progress so you can return to and complete the form at a later date. However, if you move to a new section of the form without completing all required fields and hitting the 'save' button, changes will be lost.

The deadline for applications to the 2024 Summer student training programme is 12:00 noon (GMT) on Tuesday 06 February 2024, when the online application site will close. However, you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible, to allow sufficient time for your referees to supply their references. Please note that the deadline for references is Tuesday 13 February 2024 .

Guidance on each section

Privacy and data protection

The Crick collects and processes personal data during your application for a placement; for example, your user account details and the personal data in your application form.  We process this personal data to administer your application and to check for eligibility. As part of this process, we share your application with recruiting supervisors and their team members who will also assess your application.  We do not share Equal Opportunities data for this purpose.  Should you be successful in your application, the Crick will share your personal data with our security-screening and occupational health partners.  If your application is unsuccessful we will keep your personal data for 6 months after completion of the recruitment process. 

Please read the Crick’s privacy policy for further information. 

Contacting us

If you have any questions about completing the application form, which you cannot find an answer to on our summer programme webpages please contact us via We will endeavour to respond within two working days.