The Sanger Institute offers undergrads from low and middle-income countries the chance to spend 3 months with a research group at the Sanger Institute, with travel, living and research expenses covered.
About the Sanger Institute: The Wellcome Sanger Institute is one of the premier centres of genomic discovery and understanding in the world. It leads ambitious collaborations across the globe to provide the foundations for further research and transformative healthcare innovations. Its success is founded on the expertise and knowledge of its people and the Institute seeks to share its discoveries and techniques with the next generation of genomics scientists and researchers worldwide.
Overview of the prize: The Sanger Institute Prize is an outreach competition for undergraduate students from low and middle income countries and gives the winner an opportunity to experience the very cutting edge of genomic research. Applications open in October each year and are advertised on the Sanger website, and via the Sanger social media channels.
The next opportunity for application will be in October 2020.
Application Deadline: 18th December 2019. 5pm UK GMT
About the Award: The Sanger Institute Prize is an outreach competition for undergraduate students from low- and middle-income countries and gives the winner an opportunity to experience the very cutting edge of genomic research.
Benefits of the Award: The winner of the Sanger Institute Prize will be offered a three-month internship with a research group at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Travel, living and research expenses are all covered by the award.
Type: Contest, Undergraduate
Eligibility: To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
- Be from a low or middle income country (a full list of eligible countries is available below)
- Be studying an undergraduate degree relevent to genomics at a University/Institute in a low/middle income country at the time of the first stage application. This could include any biological science degree, bioinformatics or any degree which includes genomics as a large part of the content
- Demonstrate an active interest in research in the genomics field
- Have a good command of English
- Be over 18 at the time of applying
Applicants which do not meet all of the above criteria will not be considered for the second stage of the competition.
Number of Awards: Not specified
Value of Award: The winner of the Sanger Institute Prize will be offered a three-month internship with a research group at the Wellcome Sanger Institute during 2020. Travel, living and research expenses are all covered by the award.
Duration of Programme: 3 months
How to Apply: The 2020 competition will be run as a two-stage process. Please read all of the information below before clicking on the link to the form.
Stage one: expression of interest
First stage applicants are asked to complete a short application form and write an expression of interest detailing their scientific interests and why they want to come to the Sanger Institute. www.sanger.ac.uk/form/Sanger_Prize
Two academic references are also required at this stage. Academic references should be from the University or Institute which the applicant is currently studying at and at least one of them should include the university tutor or supervisor from the genomics degree course. Contacts details for the referees will be required when completing the form and the referees will then be emailed asking to complete a reference form which will be emailed directly to the Sanger Prize Committee. Applications will not be accepted without two complete references.
Only applications made via the online application system will be accepted. Entries should be submitted online before 6pm UK GMT, 6th December 2019. Entries recieved after this time will not be accepted. Applicants should aim to submit before this date in case of techinical issues on the last day of submission. The Institute is not responsible for applications which are not recieved in time due to last minute technical issues. There will be no technical support available on the 6th December.
The deadline for references is Wednesday 18th December 2019.
Only applications which meet the criteria listed above and have two references by the deadline will be accepted and reviewed.
Successful applicants will be informed of the results of this stage at the beginning of February 2020 and be invited to take part in the second stage of the competition. If you have not had a response by the 14th February please assume that your application has been unsuccessful this time.
Stage two: essay
Eligible Countries: The underlisted are countries that are eligibl for the sanger Institute prize competition as releassd by the Institute:
Low Income Economies
|Burundi||Central African Republic||Chad|
|Congo, Dem. Rep.||Eritrea||Ethiopia|
|Haiti||Korea, Dem. People’s Rep.||Liberia|
|South Sudan||Syrian Arab Republic||Tajikistan|
Lower Middle Income Economies
|Côte d’Ivoire||Djibouti||Egypt, Arab Rep.|
|Micronesia, Fed. Sts.||Moldova||Mongolia|
|Nigeria||Pakistan||Papua New Guinea|
|Philippines||São Tomé and Principe||Senegal|
|Vanuatu||Vietnam||West Bank and Gaza|
Upper Middle Income Economies
|Belarus||Belize||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Guatemala||Guyana||Iran, Islamic Rep.|
|Serbia||South Africa||Sri Lanka|
|St. Lucia||St. Vincent and the Grenadines||Suriname|
Selected candidates will then be asked to take part in stage two of the process, which is to write an essay with a given title. Details of this stage will be emailed to the candidates at the beginning of February 2020 and they will be given one month to complete the essay.
The judges’ decision will be communicated at the end of April 2020, the decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.