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.
To be eligible to make an application, please read the following requirements carefully:
- The applicant must hold a current student membership started before November 2021 (i.e. the preceding year). It is expected that the recipients of the award will continue membership of the Society for two years following the award.
- The online application should be submitted by the student who will be doing the project.
- The proposed supervisor and host school or department will each need to confirm their willingness to support the project and confirm that appropriate facilities will be made available. The University will be expected to administer the grant.
- It is anticipated that students will have already undertaken at least two years of study at university for their FIRST degree (undergraduate), and have at least one year of their course remaining.
- All projects should be original research. A research project that has already begun or that has already been presented/started by another researcher, will not be acceptable. To clarify - you cannot join a research team that has already started on a project to be eligible for this grant, it must all be your own work.
- The project must be concluded by the end of August as students will present an abstract of their findings at the annual Nutrition Futures Conference in September.
The application and judging process
Applications will consist of a proposal of no more than 500 words, detailing your project including aims, hypotheses and methodology (not including references), and a statement of no more than 150 words explaining how the project will enhance your future career aspirations in nutritional science.
Closing Date for Applications - Midnight on 27 February 2022
Judging of the application
Projects outlined in the application will be judged on their individual merits based on the criteria outlined below.
A total of 20 marks will be awarded by each of the judges. These will be combined to determine the highest scoring recipients. Those with the highest aggregate scores will be offered the studentships. The Society reserves the right to only fund the best two applications from any one institution should multiple applications be received. Applications will be reviewed and scored independently by at least three Nutrition Society Trustees, Advisory Council Members and/or Science Committee Members.
For the proposal (out of 15) will be awarded for the:
- Clarity of writing – Clearly and concisely outlines the nature of the topic to be addressed and the methods to be used (out of 5)
- Hypothesis, Aims and Objectives – A logical and appropriate hypothesis to be tested and a clear indication of how the stated aims and objectives will test this (out of 5)
- Novelty – The project addresses an important aspect of nutrition (animal or human) and the approach suggested is novel (but achievable in the timescale outlined) (out of 5)
Marks for the statement (out of 5) on:
- Future career aspirations (out of 5) - Statement clearly articulates the candidate’s future aspirations for a career in nutritional science (or an appropriate related discipline) and indicates how completing the project will help them realise these aims.
The projects will be judged and the award for the Best Project will be presented at the Society's Annual Drinks Reception ahead of the Winter Conference.
Please read the sections on eligibility, and the application and judging process. After which please apply to be part of the Summer Studentship programme.
2019 Summer Studentships (Due to the pandemic, 2019 is the last time the programme was run)
Best Project Summer Studentship Winner:
Benjamin Narang, University of Bath
Project title: The effect of glucose-calcium co-ingestion during endurance exercise on exogenous glucose oxidation in healthy adults.
Rebecca Brooks, University of Leeds
Project title: Computational Modelling of Novel Iron Supplements
Avril Cassell, St Mary's University, Twickenham
Project title: Impact of cultural ethnic norms, body image and health perceptions on views and practices relating to healthcare messages of British Afro-Caribbean UK populations.
Lesley Yates-Cinti, Edge Hill University
Project title: Agricultural sustainability and farming practices past and present
Rachel Moon, University of Leeds
Project title: The link between PUFA metabolism and breast cancer — a Mendelian Randomisation approach/study.
Maria Wesolowska, Ulster University
Project title: Maternal Fish Intake and Child Cognitive Outcomes
If you have any queries, please view the frequently asked questions section below or contact the membership team.
Is Summer Studentships open to all students?
Applicants must be current Nutrition Society student members and their membership must have started before November 2021. Students from any university (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 appropriate school or department at your university and from the tutor who will be supervising 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 not to be meeting the eligibility criteria, despite having stated they comply.
Can two students from the same University work together on one project?
Yes – it is acceptable for two of you to work on the same project if you can define the specific role each student will play, however we can only pay £2000 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.
What kind of research project can I do?
Anything you like - lab based or field based, animal nutrition or human nutrition. All research has to be original and not piggy-backing on an existing 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 programme was last run in 2019, the Society received 20+ applications, the high quality of those received meant it was a very difficult decision and details may make the difference. This means it is worth you 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, and you will receive a stipend of £1600 for your research project. The grant will be paid to the university and they must manage the grant with/for you. A travel grant will then be available to enable you to attend and present your research at the Nutrition Futures Conference in September 2022.
How will application forms be judged?
Senior scientists in the form of members of the 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 to determine the successful applicants. Once the projects are completed, further judging will take place to enable an overall winner to be presented with their award at the Society’s Annual Reception in December.
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 their 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.