INSPIRE Vacation Studentship 2020



 The Cardiff INspire Vacation studentship scheme aims to give the best students the opportunity to pursue a research project over a 6 week period between June 1st and October 1st during their vacation time.


Funding for projects is for 6 weeks at £180/week (total £1080) to cover subsistence over this period and does not include consumables or other project costs. Funding is provided from different sources – some from a central Wellcome Inspire grant, and some from the budget of the Divisions of the School of Medicine. Where funding is provided by Divisions, the project needs to be conducted with a supervisor from that Division. For the central Inspire grant funded project, any project within the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry is eligible.

Other schemes that support vacation studentships. Note that vacation studentship funding is also available form a wide range of other sources including the Cardiff University CURoP scheme ( – this has an early closing date (Jan 14th 2019) and a wide range of external funders including the Wellcome Trust and Association of Physicians (see list on INspire section of CUReS website ( The Cardiff INspire vacation studentship scheme is separate from these schemes and separate applications are required.

Application Process

Students apply using the application form which must include a reference of support from the supervisor. The form provides information on the student and the project they are applying for. If the student is interested in a project advertised by a particular Division, the student should approach the supervisor of that project to complete this form.

Applications must be emailed to Diabetes&

Applications open on the 17th February 2020.

Applications close at 5pm on 13th March 2020.

Selection Process

All applications will be scored independently by a panel comprising the Inspire leads from each of the Divisions and Prof Dayan (School Inspire Lead) using the agreed scoring system. Students will then be ranked in order of score offered funding for their projects as follows:

  1. A cut off rank level of fundability is set.
  2. The highest ranked students above this level who have applied to Division funded projects are awarded these projects in order of rank.
  3. The highest ranked remaining students are awarded Wellcome Funded Inspire Vacation studentships (2 for 2020).


Tutor Proposed Projects

Not sure what project you’d like to do? Take a look at our list of tutor proposed project from divisions within the School of Medicine.

Division of Population Medicine

  1. Title: Operation safety: exploring the application of a novel consensus developed definition for a medicines-related Serious Incident. Supervisors: Lynnette James, Andrew Carson-Stevens.
  2. Title: Polygenic risk scores: when, how, why? A systematic review. Supervisor: Rhian Daniel