Summer Studentships

These are to assist undergraduate students in gaining research experience by working in a research environment.  A stipend is offered for a period of study of up to ten weeks, together with a sum for the host department consumables.

The student will normally be an undergraduate following a course in endocrinology or a related life science subject. Students will normally take up the award during the summer vacation before their final year. A student applying for this grant when in their final year should provide a justification as to their reasons for doing so.  Please email the appropriate information separately to

Only one application per host supervisor will be accepted per year.  Students should check with their intended host supervisor before applying.  Applications will be marked by the Grants Panel.

Frequency: Once a year
Grant deadline: 10 March 2017


£185/week up to a maximum of 10 weeks plus up to £1000 for consumables. 


Applications are invited from students whose intended host supervisor is a Society member of at least one year’s standing. It is anticipated that the host supervisor will normally be an academic or academic-related staff member. If not, a letter of support is required from the principal investigator or clinical team leader. The host supervisor will be required to submit a report at the end of the studentship detailing the success of the student and the progress of the project.

Conditions relating to the grant:

  • Host supervisors are required to be members of the Society for Endocrinology working in a university or research institute
  • Grants are available in the summer, awarded to eligible student applicants.   Successful host supervisors and students should not re-apply for funding for a minimum of 2 years. 
  • In the event of the period of the studentship being less than 10 weeks, the amount will be equivalent to the number of weeks the student is actually undertaking the project
  • The research project is required to be endocrine related, and not form part of the student's normal degree work. Preference will be given to research projects with a clearly defined objective, achievable in the time available, and which give the student scope for thought and initiative
  • Grants are made to the host supervisor's institution, on the understanding that it will administer the award. In particular, the host institution is responsible for providing adequate facilities, and for ensuring that all necessary requirements of regulatory authorities and ethical committee approvals are in place before the work begins and are maintained for the duration of the grant. The host supervisor is responsible for the conduct of the research and for providing any shortfall in consumables budget
  • Host supervisors of those awarded studentships are required to submit a report, no later than 3 months after the end of the studentship. A reporting template can be found below
  • The Society reserves the right to publish successful supervisors' final reports in The Endocrinologist. Reports may be edited if space is an issue
  • The successful host supervisors are required to recognise the award on their departmental website with a link to the Society website for a minimum of six months after receipt of the studentship
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Applications will be assessed by the Society’s Grants Panel, which will take advice where necessary from expert referees. Assessment will be made primarily on the scientific merit of the research project and on the suitability of the student
  • Grants cannot be awarded retrospectively
  • The Grants Panel will not accept resubmissions
  • The decision of the Grants Panel is final
  • Funds must be used within one month of the Student's finishing date
  • Funds awarded are final and do not include overheads and are not subject to appeal
  • Funds are awarded on the understanding that they are used for the purpose stated in the application form.  If support is obtained elsewhere or any part of the grant is unused, the balance will be refunded to the Society for Endocrinology.
  • In the event of the application being unsuccessful we are not able to provide feedback


Below is a summary of the guidelines that markers use in the selection process.


Please use this template (MS Word) (1.41mb) to submit your report

Successful Applicants

Reports from previous supervisors