Summer Studentships 2020

The Nutrition Society is delighted to offer 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. 

2020 Summer Studentships applications will open 3rd February 2020.  

Studentships are available for up to eight weeks and carry a stipend of £200 per week (£1600 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 Nutrition Futures Conference in Coventry, to present their research project.

Applications open 3rd February 2020.

Current Winners

2019 Summer Studentships

Rebecca Brooks, University of Leeds

Computational Modelling of Novel Iron Supplements

Avril Cassell, St Mary's University, Twickenham

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

Agricultural sustainability and farming practices past and present

Rachel Moon, University of Leeds

The link between PUFA metabolism and breast cancer — a Mendelian Randomisation approach/study.

Benjamin Narang, University of Bath

The effect of glucose-calcium co-ingestion during endurance exercise on exogenous glucose oxidation in healthy adults.

Maria Wesolowska, Ulster University

Maternal Fish Intake and Child Cognitive Outcomes


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

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is Summer Studentships open to all students?

Yes, 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. All applicants must be current members of the Nutrition Society and their membership must have started before October 2018 in order for them to be considered for funding.

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 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 have 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 2018 we received 30+ 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 £500 for incidental expenses and you will receive a stipend of £200 a week 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. You will also receive up to £400 to enable you to attend and present your research at the 2019 Nutrition Futures Conference in September.

How will application forms be judged?

Highly experienced nutrition scientists from the Nutrition Society’s Trustee Board and 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 win?

All winners will be given free registration and invited to present their project at the Nutrition Future Conference in September 2019. As well as the funding and profile of your research, an award will be made for the best project. The researcher of the Best Overall Project will be awarded at the Nutrition Society Annual Reception in December 2019.

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

Yes and the membership must have started prior to October 2018.

When is the closing date?

Applications must be recievd by 5pm on Monday 18 March 2019. Applications received after this date or time are unlikely to be considered.