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[Closes 17 Apr 2017] BBSRC funding available for summer Research Experience Placements

The BBSRC has provided funds to support 12 summer students in the Research Experience Placements (REP) scheme. Projects that include mathematical skills training (covering Exploiting New Ways of Working) are highly desirable
If you would like to compete for funding please complete the application form which can be found on the REP webpage and submit it no later than Monday 17th April.
Please visit the REP webpage to learn more about Department and student eligibility, project criteria, finances and reporting.
The BBSRC are keen to receive applications for projects that underpin training in ‘vulnerable skills’, defined as areas where it is difficult to recruit postdocs, and includes in vivo animal skills (going beyond obtaining an animal handling licence), plant pathology and taxonomy/systematics. Projects that include mathematical skills training (covering Exploiting New Ways of Working) are also highly desirable. Julia Gog ( in DAMTP may be able to help match strong maths students interested in biology. Please contact her directly.
Applications will be considered by the DTP Executive Committee using (1) the criteria above, (2) whether the project falls under a BBSRC strategic research theme and (3) whether the Department/Partner Institute has received rotation or PhD students from the current DTP. You will be informed of the outcome at the end of May.
The value of a REP is £2,500 to cover a minimum stipend of £200 per week to the student and a contribution towards research expenses during the placement. Host Departments are expected to cover all costs of the REP and should claim the funds back from the Department of Plant Sciences following the placement. 
It is essential that both the student and the awarding department submit the post-placement report on the outcome of the REP to BBSRC within three months of completion of the placement.


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