Summer Student Programme

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Summer Student Programme

Discover your potential

The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine runs an annual Summer Student Programme for undergraduates who would like to experience a research environment.

Programme Overview 

Every year, the WWIEM Summer Student Programme provides students with the opportunity to achieve hands-on research experience during the summer months.  WWIEM is dedicated to training the next generation of scientists, and through this programme we can not only share our research but also inspire scientists of the future.  The Programme typically runs for 8 weeks during the summer months (June – August) and students work in the laboratory from Monday to Friday on a full-time basis. 

Through our Programme, students work as part of an enthusiastic research team who are working at the forefront of their fields and get a realistic experience of day-to-day life in a lab.  Students also attend a number of social, career and research events and are encouraged to take part in Centre life, joining researchers for coffee, discussions and seminars.  At the end of the Programme, students present their work in a short talk at our Annual Summer Student Research Symposium.

Contact: Dr Sinéad Weldon, WWIEM Summer Student Programme Coordinator @

Programme Showcase:  2016 Summer Student Programme

Summer Research Experience: an article by Hannah Gardiner, 2016 WWIEM Summer Student Programme. Gardiner H, So you want to be a Summer Student? Ulster Medical Journal, in press. Available at


2018 WWIEM Summer Studentships – Application process now open

The application process for WWIEM Summer Studentships is now open with a deadline of 5 pm on Friday March 2nd for receipt of applications.

Several funded studentships from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences are available; these typically pay a student stipend of £150 per week for 8 weeks. Details of projects on offer (subject to funding) are available via the link below. These projects will run for an 8-week period during the summer (June 18th - August 10th) and students will work Monday to Friday on a full-time basis.

To maximise your competitiveness for a studentship, it is strongly recommended that you identify a Principal Investigator (PI) in WWIEM that you would like to work with and discuss potential opportunities with them. Details of WWIEM PIs and their research areas can be found here.


Eligibility criteria:

  • Open to students from all Universities currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree in Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences, Human Biology or a related area who will have completed at least one year of full-time study by summer 2018.
  • Students from all Universities and countries are welcome to apply.
  • Students in their final year are not eligible for this scheme.


How to apply:

Download the application form via the link below and complete the form as instructed. Submit your completed application form to with your CV and your complete exam transcript by 5 pm on Friday March 2nd. Please note, specific details of required file formats and file names are provided in the application form - these must be adhered to or your application will be rejected.



2018 CEM Summer Student Projects

2018 CEM Summer Studentship Application Form


Summer Student Funding Opportunities

Depending on your stage in education, there are a number of funding opportunities available to facilitate visiting researchers to WWIEM during the summer months. Further information on a number of funding schemes is available below. If you are interested in applying for any of these opportunities, it is recommended that you identify one or more Principal Investigators (PIs) in CEM that you would like to work with and discuss potential opportunities with them. Details of WWIEM PIs and their research areas can be found here


  • School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Summer Studentships for Undergraduates

Each year, a number of studentships funded by the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences are available for University students to work in WWIEM. These studentships typically pay a student stipend of £150 per week for 8 weeks, projects run for a specified 8-week period during the summer, and students work Monday to Friday on a full-time basis. The application process generally runs from January - March each year.


  • External Summer Studentship Funding Opportunities for Undergraduates

A number of external funding bodies also offer studentships for summer projects, some of which are outlined below‌. Please note that these applications must be made by supervisors (PIs) with a named student. Once agreement has been reached between a supervisor and a student, they can then apply for funding. 

External funding opportunities for summer research


  • Nuffield Research Placements (Schools and Colleges)

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Managed in Northern Ireland by Sentinus, Nuffield Reserch Placements allows students in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) course to take part in science research projects during the summer.

WWIEM is pleased to support this scheme, and projects hosted by CEM will provide students with the opportunity to gain 4-6 weeks of valuable hands-on experience in a laboratory setting working alongside WWIEM researchers.  Training will be provided.

Students wishing to apply to a WWIEM project should be working towards a Science AS/A level in Biology and/or Chemistry (or an equivalent) and have an enthusiastic interest in CEM’s research areas.  WWIEM researchers are also happy to talk to any student who has their own idea about a project appropriate to WWIEM.  Details of WWIEM PIs and their research areas can be found here

Further information on these Placements and details of the application process can be found on the Nuffield Foundation website  (