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Vacation research opportunities and funding available

The information on this page applies to undergraduate students. Please see the work experience page for our other work experience options.

Lab experience

There are various opportunities available in the Department, and several sources of financial support as outlined below.  The Department is focusing on providing lab experience to underrepresented and disadvantaged groups and has committed to the Experience Postgrad Life Sciences Programme which is a widening participation initiative organised by the Postgraduate School for Life Sciences.

Interested students should approach Group Leaders directly to find out if they have research opportunities in their Labs. See our listing of labs. Obviously the earlier you apply, the better. Some closing dates for funding are as early as February.


  • Experience Postgrad Life Sciences :  The Department has contributed funding for two students who will receive the Real Living Wage and will be accommodated at Fitzwilliam College.  
  • Amgen : Support for students participating in the Amgen Scholars Programme. 
  • Colleges : Many Colleges provide funding to support students wishing to gain lab experience during the summer vacation

Collated information about vacation funding can also be found at:

Our online Open Day for Part II Genetics will be on Thursday 18th March, 3:00 – 5 pm. If you are interested in vacation research, you can talk to teaching staff about the possibilities then, or you can contact individual group leaders directly.

In this useful piece in Varsity, Bethan Clarke talks about the value of her experiences on an informal placement in the Steventon Lab during the summer between Part 1A and Part 1B.

Please refer to our list of labs for information on research undertaken in the Department