Summer Studentships 2019

Aaron Simpson - 2018 winner

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. 

2019 Summer Studentships applications are now open.   (Please see eligibility and application criteria for application details)

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 £500 towards research expenses associated with the project.  Additionally up to £400 will be available if required, for travel and accommodation for the student to attend the Nutrition Futures 2019 Conference to present their research project.

Current Winners

2018 Summer Studentships

Overall winner of the 2018 Summer Studentships:
Aaron Simpson, Leeds Beckett University
Project title: A comparison of the metabolic responses to galactose versus fructose co-ingestion with a high-fat meal

Lara Barnett, University of Chichester
Project title: The effects of New Zealand Blackcurrant supplementation on postprandial metabolism and fat oxidation during exercise performed following breakfast or breakfast omission.

Danielle McCullagh, Ulster University Coleraine
Project title: The effect of dietary fibre (DF) extract from seaweed on post-prandial glucose absorption and satiety.

Claire Seall, University of Bedfordshire
Project title: The effects of breakfast consumption versus omission on physical activity energy expenditure in adolescent girls over a seven-day period.

Iman Khwaja, St Mary's University, Twickenham
Project title: The effect of blackberry polyphenols on postprandial glucose and insulin response after a high-carbohydrate meal in healthy men and women.

Drusus Johnson-Bonson, University of Bath
Project title: The effect of divergent 24h meal patterns on the metabolism.

Liam Oliver, Sheffield Hallam University
Project title: A pilot study to explore the effects of genetic polymorphisms on the ability of caffeine to improve 10-mile time trial performance in male cyclists.

Lindsay Hodgson, Edge Hill University
Project title: Does Polyphenol-rich dark Chocolate Influence Mood and Biomarkers of Stress in Occupational Health?

Luke Solomi, University of Plymouth
Project title: The effects of non-nutritive sweeteners aspartame and acesulfame potassium on the post-prandial glycaemic response following a glucose load.

Alexandra Williams, University of Brighton
Project title: A randomised cross-over trial to investigate the effects of different oral glucose tolerance test protocols

Cathrine Baungaard, Liverpool John Moores University
Project title: Low density lipoprotein cholesterol is discordant with apolipoprotein B in an American population: is there any relationship with nutrition?.

Sebastien Shiva Chohan, St Mary's University, Twickenham
Project Title: A comparative assessment on the antioxidant activity of the common sunflower (Helianthus annuus) at different growth stages as a seed, sprout and microgreen.

Pinelopi Alexandropoulou, University of Nottingham
Project title: Impact of maternal vitamin D deficiency on adipogenesis in offspring

Matthew Jaconelli, The University of Stirling
Project title: The effects of Omega -3 fatty acid supplementation on extracellular matrix remodelling in skeletal muscle during a weight loss protocol.

Dermot Liddy, Ulster University
Project title: Changes in eating behaviour and meal pattern following gastric bypass surgery


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 reseacrh 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.