Undergraduate Summer Programme

Undergraduate Summer Programme

Applications have now closed for the International Undergraduate Summer Research Training Programme. The 8 week programme is co-hosted by The John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre  and provides UK and non-UK students with the unique opportunity to spend the summer of 2012 on the Norwich campus.

Students are housed together to encourage a community Undergraduates from the Summer 2012 Programmeatmosphere and an enjoyable research experience in plant and microbial sciences. They will benefit from working directly with some of the world’s leading scientists at internationally-recognised laboratories.

Applications for the summer 2012 programme which runs from 1st July till 25th August are now closed (deadline:  10th February 2012). The scheme is open to students from any scientific discipline. All applications must be made via the programme’s online application form.

Highlights of the programme are:

  • 8 weeks research training (1st July – 25th August 2012)
  • Free accommodation plus weekly stipend of £200
  • Follow a programme of training, research, talks, seminars and weekly social events with a group of like minded young scientists
  • Carry out research in a world-leading institute and work with internationally recognised scientists
  • Work in state of the art facilities
  • Gain new skills and laboratory experience
  • Join a community of over 300 young researchers
  • Enhance your CV
  • Spend your summer in the fine City of Norwich
  • Use of on-site recreational facilities including outdoor pool, racquet courts and water sports.
  • Open to UK and international students

What previous students have said:

“The undergraduate summer research and training programme has shown me the real life of a research scientist. It has definitely opened my eyes to a career in research and what it will entail. I was part of a lab group within the Sainsbury laboratory working on interactions between pathogens (oomycetes) and plants. My project was introduced to me before I arrived and I did some research into it. I would definitely recommend asking your supervisor as many questions as you need to in order to understand the project. In the first week, I was shown the lab and began to start on my project. My supervisor was so supportive and gave me any help I needed. The other members of the lab were also really helpful and made me feel really welcome. My lab skills have improved dramatically and will help for my project at the end of my course.”

Caroline Telford, University of St Andrews, UK

“The experience has helped me realise that research is done best when someone works in what interests them the most, and I hope to do the same with my PhD. Living with all the other summer students has been an educational experience in itself; the experience would not have been the same if each student had acquired a placement separately and had not been a part of the programme. Seeing how quickly each student started taking pride in their lab’s research was definitely a proof of the impact the programme has had in all of the students who were part of the programme.”

Guru Vingesh, National Institute of Technology, India

Further details of the programme can be found at www.jic.ac.uk/summerprogramme


Applicants should be registered on a degree course. Students in their first or final year of study are not eligible.

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18 Responses to “Undergraduate Summer Programme”

  1. can the dates for the summer internship be changed because in India we get our summer holidays from 15th may-15th july.

  2. What about the visa and other issues?

  3. I am about to graduate,but still i think this can be a great opportunity for me,am I eligible??

  4. can we start our intern in may itself if it is not possible for us to continue in august??

  5. Hello, I am a international student from Colombia with an special interest in Entomology (Diptera:Psychodidae), now I am development my language skills in INTO-University of East Anglia but I have a Bachelor Degree in Biology of my country, I don´t know if I can applied, because the rule is:

    “Student in their first or final year of study are not eligible.”

    So, What Can I do? Really I want live this experience.

  6. Hi. I am interested to join this program. Do you have the detailed tentative of daily activities throughout the whole 8 weeks?


    • Hi Manda, It is too soon to provide you wish a detailed list of activities. The programme involves you working with our research scientists on a specific research project within one of the labs in the John Innes Centre, the Sainsbury Lab or the Genome Analysis Centre. You also get regular training sessions plus social activities throughout the 8 weeks.

  7. I am interested to join this awesome program too! I am from Malaysia, a sophomore in major of Botany course. I will end up my next semester with final exam on 1/7 this year(2012).So is there any possible regulation widen to enroll this program 1 or 2 days later than others? My holiday will only end up on September so the only worry now is for the starting day. Besides, I am lovely hope that can get the more advancing details about this precious program. Thank you~

  8. When the list of selected candidates will be published.