Summer Studentships 2018

The Nutrition Society is delighted to offer Summer studentships aimed at undergraduates 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. 

Summer Studentships for 2018 are announced.  Congratulations to all successful applicants.  

2019 Summer Studentships applications will open in Autumn 2018.  If you would like to register your interest, please contact the Membership team

Studentships are available for up to eight weeks and carry a stipend of £250 per week. The applicant’s university will receive a further £500 towards research expenses associated with the project.

Eligibility and Application Criteria 

  • Online applications should be submitted by the student, who must either be a current member of The Nutrition Society, or simultaneously apply to become a member. 
  • 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, 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 accepted. You cannot join a research team that has already started on a project with this grant, it must 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 Nutrition Futures Conference in the first week of September.
Application Criteria 

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, and a statement of no more than 150 words explaining how the project will enhance your future career aspirations in nutritional science.

Judging of the application

Projects outlined in the application will be judged on their individual merits based on the criteria outlined below. 

Marking scheme

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.

Post project

At the end of the project, a full report will be submitted including an abstract of research that can be presented at the Nutrition Futures conference in September. The reports will then be judged by the panel, to determine the winner of the best Summer Studentship 2018. The winner will be announced at the Society’s annual reception in December. The reports should be up to 1000 words long, including the abstract, but not including citations/references.

Queries 

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 at the time of application and in order for them to receive the funding.

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 2017 we received 30+ applications, the high quality of them meant it was a difficult decision with eight grants being available, so the panel decided to award 13 grants. This means it is worth spending time on the application form.

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.

How much funding will I receive?

The Nutrition Society will award your university £500 for incidental expenses and you will receive a stipend of £250 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.

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.

How will application forms be judged?

A panel of highly experienced judges from the Nutrition Society’s Advisory Council 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.

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

Yes – who must either be a current member of The Nutrition Society, or simultaneously submit an application to become a member.

How will my application be judged?

As detailed on the website.

Who will judge my application?

Applications will be reviewed and scored independently by at least three Nutrition Society Trustees, Advisory Council Members and/or Science Committee Members.

What will I win?

All winners will be given free registration and invited to present their project at the Student Conference in September 2018. 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 annual reception in December 2018.

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 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.