Undergrad Vacation grant

This grant gives students the chance to experience what it’s like to work in research.

This grant is for undergraduate students to get hands-on research experience during the summer before their final year. It encourages supervisors to get students directly involved in the day-to-day activities of their research group or lab.

Our nutrition committee awards it for research in human and animal nutrition and crop husbandry. Our optoelectronics committee awards it for research in optoelectronics, vision and the eye.

We welcome applications from supervisors in UK universities who are already working on these kinds of projects and are willing to share their experiences with undergrad students.

The value of the grant is £325 per week per student together with up to £500 in total for consumables. The grant covers an eight week studentship for nutrition students and up to 12 weeks for optoelectronics students.

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The vacation studentship provided a unique opportunity to work with an excellent student, test our new setup, initiate new international collaborations and new projects, and gave the backbone for a future publication. I am very grateful to Rank Prize for this opportunity.

Dr Fabien Massabuau University of Strathclyde

Terms & Conditions

Responsibilities of the Awarding Department
The awarding department is responsible for administering all aspects of the award including:
(i) Ensuring that no more than one application is submitted per supervisor
(ii) Selecting a suitable undergraduate student
(iii) Identifying a suitable project and ensuring that appropriate supervisory arrangements are in place for the student during the placement
(iv) Ensuring any necessary ethical committee approvals, animal licences and requirements of regulatory authorities are in place before the work begins and are maintained during the duration of the work
(v) The identification, protection and exploitation of any intellectual property rights arising from the work
(vi) Ensuring that all facilities, agreements about access and collaborations necessary for the work are obtained before the work commences and can be ensured through the period of the work
(vii) Ensuring that all support costs awarded under the bursary are used and accounted for appropriately, and any unspent funds are returned to Rank Prize

The project must be carried out at a UK university or research institution that has a major commitment to teaching and research in either Nutrition or Optoelectronics (including vision and the eye) as applicable. However, the university or research institution that the student is registered at does not have to be in the UK. The student must be expected to obtain a first or upper second-class honours (or equivalent) and currently be in the penultimate year of their degree.

Research Project
The proposed research project must have a clearly defined objective, be within the remit of Rank Prize’s charitable objectives and be suitable for a student to sensibly complete within the timescale of the award. The project should not be part of the normal degree course or propose that the student undertakes the research outside of the UK. The project should give scope for thought and initiative on the part of the student and should not use the student as a general assistant.

(i) The studentship must take place during the summer
(ii) For Nutrition studentships – each award is for up to eight weeks
(iii) For Optoelectronics studentships – each award is for up to twelve weeks

The value of the award will be £325 per week together with up to £500 in total for consumables. If the student is to be taken on as an employee during the studentship, an additional contribution will be made to the host institution for employer’s National Insurance and holiday pay. The HR departments of successful applicants will be required to email Rank Prize stating the student’s employment status for the duration of the

Reporting and Payments
The student and the awarding department will be required to submit a brief report on the studentship to Rank Prize within one month of the end of the studentship. The student may also be invited to present their work to the members of the committees. It is expected that the department will pay the student during the studentship and claim reimbursement from Rank Prize when both reports have been submitted.