University of Dundee

James Black Prize Studentships

2020 Scheme cancelled due to COVID-19

It is with deep regret that the Life Sciences Summer School Programme has been cancelled for 2020, regrettably we will not be offering any studentships this year. Our research laboratories are effectively closed with no confirmed reopening date which presents difficulties in offering summer studentships. 

If you have already applied you should now have received communication, if you have any questions please email

We realise that this will be deeply disappointing and would encourage you, if eligible, to apply for the 2021 scheme. We wish you all well in these difficult times and thank you for your interest in our scheme.


The School of Life Sciences has a number of James Black Prize Studentships available during the summer of 2020. The studentships will enable undergraduate students with an excellent track record in a scientific discipline, who wish to pursue a future career in scientific research, an opportunity to gain valuable experience of working in a world-class research laboratory within the School of Life Sciences. Successful students will be provided with a salary payment at the National Living Wage to work in in a specific laboratory for 6-8 weeks across the summer months (June, July, August). 

The scheme is open to University of Dundee students and those studying in other UK Universities, however, applicants must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK (e.g. not sponsored on a Tier 4 visa).  This year funding is also available to support Inter-institutional training for chemistry, computing, medical and biology students between the Universities of Dundee, Glasgow and St' Andrews.  We are open to approaches from students studying any scientific discipline that can be applied to the current research in the School of Life Sciences, for example (but not exclusively) biochemistry, molecular genetics, biomedical sciences, medicine, dentistry, applied mathematics, computing etc. 

For successful candidates funding may be available for short-term dependent care expenses, for further information on applying for a flexible dependent care grant please see our website.