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Summer Placement Award Scheme

The BSI is offering financial support to both medical students and postgraduate students (PhDs & MScs) who are planning to undertake a formal placement in a selected laboratory for their medical elective or for a placement. To be considered for support by the BSI, this placement must have immunological relevance.


Individual awards will be up to the value of £1,500, and a minimum of four awards shall be awarded in any one year (running from July to June). Applications will close once the funds for any one particular year have been allocated.

Applications for 2017/18 have now closed. The 2018/19 award will open later in the year.


  • Applicants must be either medical students or postgraduate students (PhDs/MScs)
  • Applicants must be a current member of the BSI
  • Planned placements must be greater than two weeks in duration (for shorter placements, please use the standard travel award application)
  • The placement must have immunological relevance
  • As part of the submission, the applicant will be required to describe the planned placement in detail, and their enthusiasm for the subject of immunology – see application form for full details
  • The application process will require the formal support of the applicant’s supervisor in the form of a supporting letter
  • A letter of support from your placement supervisor should also be provided as part of your application
  • The applicant will be required to provide a formal report of their activities for the BSI – this could be a written report or else, e.g. an online blog
  • See application form for other stipulations
  • The BSI’s decision regarding any individual application shall be final

Please read the guidelines before submitting the form

How to apply

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017/18 award.

Applications for the 2018/19 Summer Placement Awards will open later in the year.

If you have any queries about the scheme in the meantime, please contact Glyn Jones


Further information

Medical electives and summer placements can provide key experience for budding researchers who wish to acquire cutting-edge skills and develop laboratory experience. 


Ejaj Intisar (University of Southampton) is one such student who was supported by the BSI to carry about a summer placement (you can read about Ejaj’s experiences here). His placement supervisor Professor Wilson Wong (Boston University) had this to say:

"I would like to thank you for giving Ejaj a Summer Internship... Ejaj was hard working, incredibly smart and very driven. He made great progress beyond my expectation... All these successes would not have happened this rapidly without your fellowship..."


Mrinalina Dey (University of Cambridge) was a final year medical student who received an award to support her elective at the Centre for Life Sciences at the National University of Singapore in 2015. You can read about her experience here.


Charlotte Grant (University of Warwick) received an award to support her elective at the MRC Unit in The Gambia in 2017. You can read about her experience here