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Oxford University buildings
Oxford skyline - by Jaani Riordan, former student

The Nuffield Department of Medicine offers opportunities for summer studentships to undergraduate and Masters students. You will get the opportunity to work in a laboratory environment with an Oxford University Principal Investigator (PI) and their team in the Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM) for a period of approximately eight weeks, normally in July and August. You will also get the opportunity to live in Oxford – one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the UK.

Some previous students on this scheme have gone on to successfully apply for fully-funded places on our DPhil (PhD) in Clinical Medicine programme with an NDM Prize Studentship.

Take a look at some of our previous students’ profiles to learn about their experiences.

We encourage you to read through the Summer Studentship projects offered for 2024.

Selection criteria

  • You should be considering applying to undertake doctoral-level research within one of the areas covered by NDM’s institutes, units and centres
  • You should be in the penultimate or final year of your undergraduate science degree or doing a Master's degree in the biological or medical sciences
  • You can be applying from anywhere in the world
  • You should have an excellent academic record
  • You should be fluent in English
  • You must be available to come to Oxford for approximately 8 weeks during the summer, preferably for July and August


Funding will be provided to cover accommodation and living costs throughout the two-month placement in an NDM research laboratory.

You will need to cover your own travel expenses and medical insurance costs.

Award payments will be made after your arrival in the UK. Basic accommodation will be arranged at an Oxford college on your behalf, and the cost for this will be deducted from your award.

Please note that the number of awards available is restricted and that this is therefore a competitive application process. Fulfilling the criteria listed above does not guarantee you an award.


How to apply

Applications for Summer Studentships 2024 are now closed.