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Funding Opportunities

There are three funding opportunities for undergraduate students to help support summer research projects:

1. The Tweed Fund: a summer bursary scheme in the University Museum of Zoology Cambridge (UMZC)

Following a recent donation from a retiring colleague, Dr Tim Smithson, the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, has established a new bursary scheme to enable undergraduates from the Universities of Cambridge, Leicester and Southampton, to undertake vacation project work on the collections in the UMZC. The scheme builds on the very successful TW:eed Project (Tetrapod World: early evolution and diversification) which involved colleagues from the three universities.  The project was led from Cambridge by Professor Jenny Clack FRS, with considerable support and assistance from Professor Sarah Davies at Leicester and Professor John Marshall at Southampton.

You can see the great time a former student, Becky Bennion, had working on the project 2014 via this extract from the Tetrapod Blog

Value of the bursary award: £200 p.w. for up to six weeks in the summer vacation

Eligibility: Those invited to apply are Undergraduate Students in

a)      The Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge (2016-17)
b)      the Department of Biological Sciences and Geology at University of Leicester (2017-18)
c)      the Departments of Biological Sciences and Earth and Ocean Science at the University of Southampton (2018-19)

The bursary must be undertaken at UMZC and therefore the successful applicant in each year must have secured the support of an appropriate supervisor on the UMZC staff.

Procedure for summer 2017:

Current University of Cambridge undergraduate students are invited to apply by Wednesday 10 May 2017, enclosing:

  • Proposed research project (no more than 2 sides A4);
  • Name of UMZC supervisor;
  • Two references, which should be sent direct to the Museum Director (see below) by the deadline.

Please send completed applications to Prof. Paul Brakefield, Director, UMZC by 10 May 2017;

The successful candidate will be notified by Friday 19 May 2017.

2. Balfour-Browne Fund

This fund is for the advancement of the study of entomology and provides an opportunity  for students to gain experience of research relating to insects. In the past this fund has supported students working as voluntary research assistants on projects in the field, summer studentships in Cambridge labs, and student-led expeditions. Labs in Cambridge may be able to offer projects if you contact them.

Please see: for further details on how to apply.

The closing date for applications is 17 April 2017

3. J. Arthur Ramsay Fund

This fund provides a bursary for Part II students intending to take up Zoology and who wish to work in an research laboratories in the Department of Zoology during the summer of 2017.  

Please see for further details on how to apply.

The closing date for applications is 22 May 2017