We are now taking applications for the UK-wide competition to support one internship within the Harvard Stem Cell Institute program during the summer of 2015.
Frequently asked questions
How many internships are available?
The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine will sponsor one internship place for an undergraduate student undertaking their studies at a UK university. Other places are available by applying directly to Harvard through the competitive process.
When will the internship take place?
The dates for the internship are provisionally Monday, June 8 – Friday, August 14, 2015 – due to the cohort nature of the internship program, candidates must be available for the entire internship period and should check examination dates before applying.
Can I start the internship late, finish early or take holiday during the dates noted above?
Given candidates are applying through a competition, it will be assumed that all candidates will attend Harvard for the dates stated above except in the unlikely event that degree examinations take place on or after June 8th – a small adjustment of a few days can be negotiated with Harvard however proof of the examination date will be needed (in order that we can be fair to all applicants). Successful candidates should not plan to finish the placement early or take holiday during the dates noted before – any request of this type will result in the retraction of any offer of a place on the program.
Are all undergraduate students eligible to apply for the internship?
Non-finalist undergraduate students who attend a UK university are eligible to apply, providing they are undertaking a degree in a physical science or engineering subject. Students may be in years 1 or 2 of a 3-year undergraduate degree, years 1, 2 or 3 of a 4-year undergraduate degree or years 1, 2, 3 or 4 of a 5-year undergraduate degree. For clarity, the degree must not be awarded before December 2015. Applicants must have an interest in using their physical science or engineering skills in the remit of stem cell biology, and should detail this interest in their personal statement. A student’s nationality will not be taken into account during the decision-making process, only the required UK location of their university.
What degrees fall into the category of physical sciences?
In addition to all engineering undergraduate degrees, degrees in the following disciplines will be considered as being in scope for this competition – chemistry, physics, materials science, computer science, mathematics, pharmacy, sports/exercise science. Candidates may be interested to look at the research remit of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council which determines the remit of our funding for this internship.
I am studying for a degree that doesn’t fall under the remit of physical sciences or engineering – can I still apply?
Your application will not be considered for the internship to be funded by the EPSRC Centre due to restrictions on the use of our funding, however you may apply for an internship place directly with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute as the eligibility for the program as a whole is broader.
How to make your application
The application form is below, and requires you to submit your CV (2 A4 pages maximum), a 500-word (maximum) personal statement regarding why you wish to apply for the internship place and an academic transcript of your degree module results to date (a transcript may be available through your university, or you could submit an unofficial transcript in the form of scans of your result notifications).