Summer Studentships 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the Summer Studentship application process is on hold until at least 2022.

The Nutrition Society offers Summer Studentships aimed at undergraduate members interested in a career in nutritional science. The studentships will provide undergraduates, registered on nutrition or related degree programmes, with the opportunity to undertake a period of research in a university, research institute or industrial setting.  All applicants must have an academic supervisor based at the university at which they are registered. 

Submissions are closed.

Studentships are available for up to eight weeks and carry a stipend of £1600 in total. The applicant’s university will receive a payment £400 towards research expenses associated with the project.  Additionally, up to £500 will be available, for travel and accommodation to enable the student to attend the annual Nutrition Futures Conference in September, to present their research project.


If you have any queries, please view the frequently asked questions section below or contact the membership team.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is Summer Studentships open to all students?

All applicants must be current members of the Nutrition Society and their membership must have started before October 2019 in order for them to be considered for funding. Students from any university in the UK or overseas can apply as long as they are undergraduates, and still have at least a year of their first-degree course in nutrition, left to go.

Do I need to have permission from my university to apply?

Yes – you need to have the permission of the tutor who will be supervising your project and supporting your project and can confirm that facilities will be there for you to use.

Are there any restrictions on applications?

The only restrictions are that the Nutrition Society reserves the right to limit the number of successful applications from any one university and to also ask for a refund from anyone who is found to not be meeting the eligibility criteria, despite having stated they comply.

Can two students from the same University work together on one project?

Yes, this is acceptable if you can define the specific role each student will play, however we can only pay the same overall amount of £2500 for the project as a whole (not per person). You may also need to demonstrate that the project can be completed with only one person, should a student withdraw from the project.

How long is the research project?

It is intended to be up to eight weeks during the summer vacation period and must be completed by the end of August

What are my chances of securing one of the studentship grants?

In 2019 we received 20+ applications, the high quality of them meant it was a difficult decision. This means it is worth spending time and care on the application form.

How much funding will I receive?

The Nutrition Society will award your university £400 for incidental expenses and you will receive a stipend of £1600 for the duration of your research project for up to eight weeks. The money will be paid to the university and they must manage the grant with you. We will also retain a further £500 to enable you to attend and present your research at the 2020 Nutrition Futures Conference in September.

How will application forms be judged?

Highly experienced nutrition scientists from the Nutrition Society’s Trustee Board and/or Membership Committee will judge the applications on the academic achievement of the applicant, the scientific merit of the proposal and the reasons for how the candidate might benefit from carrying out a studentship. An aggregated score from all judges is then created; this determines the successful applicants.

What will I be awarded?

All Studentship awardees will be given £2500 of funding and free registration for the Nutrition Futures Conference in September 2020, where they will present their research project. As well as the funding and profile of your research, a further award will be made for the best project. The researcher of the Best Overall Project will be presented with their certificate at the Nutrition Society Annual Reception in December 2020.

Do I have to be a member of The Nutrition Society to apply?

Yes, all applicants have to be members and the membership must have started prior to October 2019.

When is the closing date?

Applications must be received by midnight on Monday 15 March 2020. Applications received after this date or time will not be considered.