Summer Studentships 2017

The Nutrition Society is offering a limited number of summer studentships aimed at undergraduates interested in a career in nutritional science. The studentships will provide undergraduates, registered on Nutrition or related degree programmes, with the opportunity to undertake a period of research in a university, research institute or industrial setting.  All applicants will be expected to have an academic supervisor based at the university at which they are registered. It is anticipated that students will have already undertaken at least two years of study at university and have at least one year of their course remaining.

Studentships are available for up to eight weeks and carry a stipend of £250 per week. The applicant’s university will receive a further £500 towards research expenses associated with the project.

Congratulations to Harry Smith, University of Bath for being awarded the overall winner of the 2017 Summer Studentship Research Project.

2018 Summer Studentship applications will open soon.

Application Criteria 

Online applications should be submitted by the student, who must either be a current member of The Nutrition Society, or simultaneously submit an application to become a member. 

The proposed supervisor and host school or department will each need to confirm their willingness to support the project and that appropriate facilities will be made available.  The University will be expected to administer the grant. 

Projects stated in the application will initially be judged on their individual merits based on the criteria outlined below.  However, the Society reserves the right to only fund the best two applications from any one institution should multiple applications be received.  Applications will be reviewed and scored independently by at least three Nutrition Society Trustees, Advisory Council Members and/or Science Committee Members.      

Marks for the application (out of 15) will be awarded for the:

  • Clarity of writing – Clearly and concisely outlines the nature of the topic to be addressed and the methods to be used (out of 5)
  • Hypothesis, Aims and Objectives – A logical and appropriate hypothesis to be tested and a clear indication of how the stated aims and objectives will test this (out of 5)
  • Novelty – The project addresses an important aspect of nutrition (animal or human) and the approach suggested is novel (but achievable in the timescale outlined) (out of 5)

Marks for the statement on:

  • Future career aspirations (out of 5)​ - Statement clearly articulates the candidate’s future aspiration for a career in nutritional science (or an appropriate related discipline) and indicates how completing the project will help realise these aims 

A brief interim report is required part way through and at the end of the project students are required to submit a brief report (up to 1,000 words, including an abstract of research) outlining the results of the project. 

How to apply 

Applications for 2018 Summer Studentships will open soon.


If you have any queries, please contact the membership team.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is Summer Studentships open to all students?

Yes, students from any university in the UK or abroad can apply as long as they are undergraduates and still have at least a year of their course to run. All applicants must be current members of the Nutrition Society at the time of application and in order for them to receive the funding.

How long is the research project?

It is intended to be up to eight weeks during the summer vacation period.

What are my chances of securing one of the studentship grants?

In 2016 we received 30 applications, the high quality of them meant it was a difficult decision with eight grants being available. This means it is worth spending time on the application form.

Do I need to have permission from my university to apply?

Yes – you need to have the permission of the tutor who will be supervising and supporting your project.

How much funding will I receive?

The Nutrition Society will award your university £500 for incidental expenses and you will receive a stipend of £250 a week for the duration of your research project for up to eight weeks.

Are there any restrictions on applications?

The only restrictions are that the Nutrition Society reserves the right to limit the number of successful applications from any one university.

How will application forms be judged?

A panel of highly experienced judges from the Nutrition Society’s Advisory Council will judge the applications on academic achievement of the applicant and the scientific merit of the proposal. An aggregated score from all judges is then created; this determines the successful applicants.

Do I have to be a member of The Nutrition Society to apply?

Yes – who must either be a current member of The Nutrition Society, or simultaneously submit an application to become a member.

Will I receive guidance on how to set out the final project report?

Yes – assessment criteria will be sent to you via email with instructions on what to include in your project report once you have been accepted for a Summer Studentship.

How will my application be judged?

Details on how your application will be judged before the finances are awarded are detailed above.

Who will judge my application?

Applications will be reviewed and scored independently by at least three Nutrition Society Trustees, Advisory Council Members and/or Science Committee Members.

What will I win?

As well as the funding and profile of your research, an award will go to the best project. The researcher of the project will be awarded in December 2017. In addition, all winners will be invited to present at the Student Conference on 7 - 8 September at the University of Reading.

Can two students from the same University work together on one project?

Yes, this is acceptable if you can define the specific role each student will play, however we can only pay the same amount of £2500 for the project as a whole (not per person). You may also need to demonstrate that the project can be completed with only one person, should a student withdraw from the project.