StAR Summer Research Internships

The purpose of this initiative is to provide support for high-calibre undergraduate students to conduct a research project in RCSI during the summer months.

The best performing students are then eligible to apply for the ongoing RCSI StAR PhD programme and other funded PhD programmes.


  • Opportunity for an international research placement as part of your undergraduate training in a world-class institution
  • Potential to apply for RCSI's ongoing StAR PhD programme
  • Potential to apply for additional funded PhD programmes (e.g. Government of Ireland Postgraduate Training Programme)


Eligible students must be entering the final year of their undergraduate degree programme in basic science/health sciences after completion of the internship and will have a clear plan to pursue a PhD. Students can be from any country in the world, there are no restrictions on nationality.


Students will receive a €2,000 stipend and paid accommodation in Dublin city centre is provided for eight weeks commencing June 2020. Travel costs are not included and non-EU students are also require to provide a Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card and appropriate visa. Assistance in obtaining both for successful applicants will be provided.

Application process

Students must submit completed application forms (see links below) to Applicants should detail academic progress to date, including class rank, CV/resume and a brief motivational statement describing career plans. Applicants should also list their chosen research project in order of preference (1-10). Available projects are attached below.

Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, 6 March 2020. Successful candidates will be notified by end of March 2020.

StAR Summer Research Internship 2020 Programme Application Form 2020 DOCX | 5252.6 KB StAR Summer Research Internship – research projects 2020 PDF | 5368.1 KB


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