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Summer Studentship Programme

Summer Studentships

The FRAME Summer Summer studentship programme offers small grants for undergraduates to carry out a short summer research project in an area related to the development or progress of non-animal research methods. It is an opportunity for students to gain research experience, develop their communication skills and help reduce reliance on animal research.

FRAME is a charity dedicated to promoting the 3Rs and the development of robust scientific techniques that will replace the need for laboratory animals in medical and scientific research, education, and testing.

FRAME believes that the accepted practice of using animals for researching human drugs and diseases is fundamentally flawed; however viable human-focussed methods do not yet exist in all areas. We accept that the path to animal-free medical research, drug development and testing will be long. It requires both the existence of suitable alternative methods, and culture change by scientists, regulators, funders, and journals.

This FRAME Summer Studentship Programme has been developed to support undergraduates in undertaking a short summer research project in an area relating to paradigm change or the development of alternative methods. Research projects might not have been planned as a direct alternative to an animal test but must have the potential to advance methods or knowledge which will lead to the replacement of animals in research. The programme provides a grant award to help fund this short research project which can be laboratory or desk. The FRAME Summer Studentship grants are just one way we provide funding for research.

Purpose

  • To give promising undergraduates a first-hand opportunity to gain greater experience of research which relates to the development of alternatives.
  • To promote and fund research which fits within the aims of FRAME.
  • To give undergraduates an opportunity to develop scientific writing and communication skills.
  • To raise the profile of non-animal-based research careers amongst undergraduate students.
  • To interest students in postgraduate research in the 3Rs, and Replacement in particular.

Studentship Details

  • A minimum of two studentship awards will be available for Summer 2022.
  • Duration: 6 – 10 weeks
  • Stipend: £250 per week
  • Consumables & research costs: Up to £1000 maximum

Read more about our previous winners further down

Eligibility and Application Information

  • Applicants must be associated with Universities or Research Institutes within the UK. The applicant must be supported or advised by an academic project supervisor based at the UK institution who can act as the grant holder.
  • Applicants must be an undergraduate or current master’s student.
  • Applications must be made by the student and contain the information and support documents specified. The application should be written by the student, in their own words, with guidance from the project supervisor.
  • The project proposal must include:
    • An explanation of how the project has the potential to reduce animal use or advance alternative techniques, including background information on current animal research strategies in the field.
    • A Lay Summary written for a non-specialist audience to include the background science, aims, a description of the method and planned outcomes.
    • Main aims/hypothesis
    • Plan of work (with timescales/Gantt chart)
    • Simple budget outlining research costs
    • Student personal statement.
    • References – including supporting statements from the project supervisor.
    • Academic transcript of current grades.

The deadline for 2022 Applications has now passed.

We will be opening applications for our next Summer Studentship Awards in January 2023

  • Download a PDF application | Download a Word(.doc) Application
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel including academic experts and FRAME trustees.
  • Applications will be judged on the quality of the application itself, the fit with FRAME’s mission, the potential of the research to replace animals, scientific relevance, cost, achievability, and the possibility of the work leading to future research opportunities.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May 2022. Unless requested, feedback on unsuccessful applications will not be provided.
  • Successful applicants must submit a report of minimum 1500 words within 3 months of the project completion. Reports must be of publishable quality and will be shared on the FRAME website. There may be an opportunity to cover them in the scientific journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA). FRAME’s Report Writing Guidance for Summer Studentship Project.
  • Successful applicants are encouraged to support any PR or publicity relating to the summer internships to gain valuable experience in science communication and to benefit and promote the activities of FRAME and The FRAME Alternatives Laboratory.
  • Read more in the FRAME Summer Studentship Terms and Conditions document which must be accepted by the host institution (university), project supervisor and the student applying.

2021 Summer Studentship Grant Winners

Learn about our 2021 Summer Studentship Projects

2020 & 2019 Summer Studentship Grant Winners

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