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An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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To offer undergraduate students at the University of Cambridge an exciting opportunity to conduct a summer research project in a lab within the Cambridge Infectious Diseases (CID) network. This project will be supported by a competitively awarded grant to the student.

What is available

  • A grant of £2,300 is provided to cover living costs during the duration of the project. The project will be conducted in Cambridge over 8 weeks throughout the summer vacation 2021.
  • CID will support the successful applicant in finding a lab in which to conduct their project from across its diverse network of experts dispersed across the University.


  • Any undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge in their second year of study, or third year if their course is 4 years or longer, is eligible to submit an application.
  • To align with CID’s core aim of increasing opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative research, we encourage undergraduates from a broad range of subjects to apply who are keen to expand their knowledge in the field of infectious diseases.

Application process

  • Applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, a copy of their CV and the names and contact details of two referees by e-mail to Alison Read Applicants must specify which particular research areas they are most interested in within the CID network (the research themes listed here are a useful guide).
  • Application deadline is Friday 19 March.
  • Selection will be based on review of submitted applications by the CID Operations Group.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Tuesday 6 April.

What is expected of the successful candidate?

  • The student will join a lab in the CID network that will support them through an 8-week research project.
  • The student will be required to submit a short report at the end of the project summarising their experience.

The student will be invited to present their work at the next CID meeting of its members