BHF Centre of Research Excellence, University of Oxford

Cardiovascular Science Vacation Studentships, summer 2018

Application deadline: Monday 12th February 2018 (12 noon)

The BHF Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Oxford is offering a small number of vacation studentships to enable talented and motivated undergraduates to carry out a research project in cardiovascular science in summer 2018.

The BHF CRE brings together over 60 world leading research groups, based in departments and centres across the University of Oxford.  Together they cover the translational research spectrum from basic science through to clinical and population health research. 

The vacation studentships are for a maximum of 10 weeks duration, during the summer of 2018, and offer undergraduates an exciting opportunity to contribute to a challenging and meaningful research project in a world leading cardiovascular research group in Oxford.

Students are invited to indicate their choice from the cardiovascular science research topics in the application.  Successful students will be allocated to an Oxford BHF CRE research group, and are expected to have the opportunity to be involved in the design and planning of the research project.

Further information about the Oxford BHF CRE research themes and lead researchers can be found here.

Funding available

Each student will receive a tax free stipend of £200 per week, or £100 per week if living at home. Each host lab will receive up to £1,000 towards consumables.


Applicants must be one of the following:

The Oxford BHF CRE research groups are multi-disciplinary in their research approaches; applicants from a wide range of undergraduate courses will be considered such as chemistry, biomedical sciences, statistics, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, physics, computational sciences and others.

The vacation studentships are open to undergraduates from any university, but the summer projects must be undertaken at Oxford University within a BHF CRE research group.  International students are welcome to apply, but may require a "short-term study visa", information via website: 

We regret the BHF CRE is unable to provide reimbursement for visa costs or assist with travel arrangements on behalf of the applicants.

Selection criteria

Selection will be based on a student’s track record, and the enthusiasm and commitment shown to cardiovascular research. 

On considering your application we look at:

Please note a preference will be given to undergraduates with limited research experience.

How to apply

Deadline: Monday 12th February 2018 (12 noon)

You application must include the following  (please note there is no application form):

Your current academic supervisor / programme manager should submit separately:

Applications and letters of support (preferably submitted directly by the supervisor) should be emailed to:

Please note students are not permitted to use the vacation studentship to work on a dissertation, project or other submitted work towards their degree.

Successful applicants will be informed by mid-March 2018.

How to apply pdf to download

Final report

All students will be expected to submit a short report (three pages max) at the end of their studentship, outlining the background to their research, the results they obtained and the conclusions.  In addition they are requested to write a paragraph on how the studentship has benefitted them. 

Any questions regarding the studentships should be directed to Philippa Major, Research Facilitator

for the Oxford BHF Centre of Research Excellence, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. or 01865 234348.