Summer Studentships 2022

The application process is now closed for 2022. 

The closing date for applications was midnight on 27 February 2022. Any applications received after this would not be considered.

The Nutrition Society offers Summer Studentships aimed at undergraduate members interested in a career in nutrition 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. 

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, a conference grant 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. 

Is Summer Studentships open to all students?

Applicants must be current student members their membership must have started before November 2021. Students from any university (UK or overseas) can apply as long as they are undergraduates, & 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 school or department and 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?

This is acceptable if you can define the specific role each student will play, however we can only pay £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 a maximum of eight weeks during the summer vacation period and must be completed (including the write up) by the end of August.

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

When the last programme was run in 2019 we received 20+ applications, the high quality of them meant it was a very difficult decision and details may matter. This means it is worth spending time and care on the application form in the first place.

How much funding will I receive?

Your university will be given £400 for incidental expenses. You will receive a stipend of £1600 for your research project. The grant will be paid to the university & they must manage the grant with/for you. A travel grant will enable you to attend & present your research at 2022 Nutrition Futures Conference in September.

How will application forms be judged?

Trustee Board Members 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 to determine the successful applicants.

What will I be awarded?

All Studentship awardees will be given £2000 of funding and free registration for the Nutrition Futures Conference in September 2022, where they will present their research project. A further award will be made for the best project which will be presented with their certificate at the Annual Reception in December 2022.

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

Yes, all applicants have to be current student members and the membership must have started prior to November 2021.

When is the closing date?

Applications must be received by midnight on 27 February 2022. Applications received after this date or time will not be considered.