Funding opportunities and studentships

Many organisations provide funding schemes and studentships to enable promising, eligible Undergraduate students to work in an institutional research laboratory during summer vacations. Funding amounts and submission dates vary, we recommend you visit the individual websites and contact the funding organisations directly for details.

Two Anatomy Summer Studentships – the Guiney Studentship and the Ryan Studentship – are offered each summer to RCSI Undergraduates with the aim of providing interested students with the opportunity to investigate aspects of anatomical research and its applications. Students work on a project in a research context in the Department of Anatomy, RCSI for eight weeks and subsequently present their findings at College’s Annual Research Day, at the International Conference for Healthcare and Medical Students (ICHAMS) and enables the students to attend a meeting of the Anatomical Society.

The two studentships are available by open competition among all Undergraduate RCSI students.

In addition to the normal stipend, an Anatomical Society Travel Grant enables the students attend a meeting of the Anatomical Society and pay their membership subscription. To apply for this studentship, please complete the application form below and return it with an up-to-date résumé to Professor Clive Lee.

Anatomy Summer Studentships Application Form pdf | 169.3 kb

The Health Research Board (HRB) provides an annual Summer Student Scholarships scheme which supports promising Undergraduate students, in a health or social care-related discipline, interested in research. The purpose of the scholarships is to give students the opportunity to become familiar with research techniques. The amount paid is €250 per week for a maximum of eight weeks.

Now in its 20th year, the Boulos Hanna Studentship aims to provide RCSI Undergraduate students with a first-hand opportunity to investigate psychosocial aspects of healthcare and its delivery. The chosen students work on a summer research project in a multidisciplinary research context in the Department of Psychology (Division of Population Health Sciences), RCSI. The studentships are dedicated to the memory of Mr Boulos Hanna, former consultant surgeon at Cavan General Hospital.

The Wellcome Trust –  Biomedical Vacation Scholarship provides promising undergraduate students with hands-on summer research experience, with the aim of encouraging them to consider a career in research.

The Charitable Infirmary, more commonly known as 'Jervis St Hospital', was the first 'voluntary' hospital. As the name suggests medical care was provided free to the poor of Dublin from its foundation in 1718. In 1987, the hospital staff and patients were transferred to Beaumont Hospital and the assets of the hospital were sold to create a trust fund to be used to support research in the new hospital. Among the many research initiatives which the Trust has supported are projects carried out by RCSI students during the summer period.

The Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland was founded in 1907, at the instigation of Sir William Osler, with the aim of advancing "internal medicine" in a manner that "promotes friendship amongst physicians". The association promotes medical research in various ways and has been a generous supporter of student research at RCSI for many years.