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Experience Postgrad Life Sciences

Enhancing diversity among life scientists of the future
Symposium 2019

The programme is targetted at UK and Republic of Ireland residents who are studying at a UK or Republic of Ireland university for their undergraduate degree. This does not include international students on Tier 4/Student visas or EU citizens with pre-settled status. Applicants must be undergraduate students:

  • who are enrolled in colleges or universities.
  • who are not in the first year, nor have entered the final year of their bachelor's degree before participating in the programme.
  • who are able to demonstrate a strong record of academic performance.
  • who have an interest in undertaking a research postgraduate degree (MPhil or PhD).
  • Applicants must not have previous significant research experience.
  • Applicants must be studying for a life sciences degree. Medical students will be considered but will need to state clearly in their personal statement how this internship will be important for their future career in research.

To apply to the Programme, you will need to meet both of the following conditions:

  1. Be settled in the UK  on 1 July 2021, with no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK or be a national of the Republic of Ireland. [Note: This does not include any non-UK national holding any type of time-limited UK visa, including international students on Tier 4/Student visas and EU citizens with pre-settled status.]; and
  2. Have been ordinarily resident in the UK (but not mainly for full-time education) since 1 July 2018.

In addition, priority will be given to students who come from an underrepresented or disadvantaged group:

  • ​identifying as belonging to an underrepresented ethnic group.
  • granted refugee status in the UK.
  • mature students.
  • have received free school meals.
  • at the time of applying for their undergraduate course, were living in one of the most deprived areas of the country.
  • at the time of applying for their undergraduate course, were living in an area where it is unusual for young people to go to university.
  • were the first generation of their family to go to university.
  • entered university at undergraduate level from a Care background or a Foyer resident.
  • estranged from their family.
  • have caring responsibilities for an ill or disabled family member who could not manage without this help.
  • have been a single parent, or lone guardian of a young person who is aged under 18 and/or still in full-time education during their undergraduate degree course.
  • received full state support for maintenance for their course of undergraduate study.

Evidence that a student comes from an underrepresented or disadvantaged group should be provided by the referee in their reference letter to the programme. The University of Cambridge is committed to equality of opportunity and admissions to the programme will be solely on the basis of merit.