Research Experience Placements

EASTBIO Widening Participation Research Experience Placements

Successful REP award recipients were asked to attend a mandatory two-day Induction event, Swimming Research Waters in Dundee, Monday 30th to Tuesday 31st May 2022. REP Supervisors have also joined us at the event, where REP students interacted with senior academics, current and former EASTBIO students and the EASTBIO team.

The ten EASTBIO REP award recipients 2022 joined the EASTBIO Induction event on the 30-31 May in Dundee to discuss what it means to do a PhD, and share the experiences of being an EASTBIO student by conversing with first-year students, EASTBIO alumni and alumna, as well as with EASTBIO supervisors and guest speakers.

We have been honoured to experience first hand and in person the passion for science, the knowledge, engagement and empathy of all our stakeholders who shared insights, reflections and information with these talented prospective researchers, about to go on their lab placements at EASTBIO partner institutions.

Confirmed speakers included:

Professor Carol MacKintosh (Dundee)

Dr Sam Miller (Aberdeen)

Dr Fiona M. Mitchell (Research and Innovation Services, University of Dundee)



Also, EASTBIO Alumni, shown below in conversation:

Dr Lucas Jesús Morales Moya (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland)

Dr Mark Moseley (University of Aberdeen)

Current EASTBIO students Amy Newell (Edinburgh), Shannon Richardson (St Andrews), Sau Yee Tsoi (Edinburgh), and Charlotte Winspear (James Hutton Institute, Edinburgh) answered questions from REP recipients on the 30th of May.

The Induction concluded with a comprehensive discussion with REP project supervisors and members of the EASTBIO Management Group, Dr Edgar Huitema (Dundee) and Dr Sam Miller (Aberdeen).


Application process

EASTBIO DTP3 continues to support the BBSRC-funded Research Experience Placements (REPs) scheme which has run successfully under DTP1 and DTP2. Our DTP3 specifically sets out to use this scheme to target undergraduates from low income backgrounds and cultures in which doctoral training and research careers are often not considered. The EASTBIO 9-week REP programme will focus on the development of an early career in science with a remit for widening participation and addressing diversity and inclusion.

The scheme provides an excellent opportunity to first- and second-year undergraduate students from non-research intensive institutions to gain hands-on research experience in bioscience research and receive support that will enable them to consider a career in research. Successful recipients will participate in a blended Induction/Summer School exploring bioscience-related careers before they will undertake an 8-week lab placement, thus receiving a ‘research taster’ experience; the schedule of activities will include talks by academics and will conclude with a mini symposium at the conclusion of the placements in August 2022.

Prospective applicants can either contact an academic based at an EASTBIO partner institution directly or make a contact with a supervisor of one of the projects advertised on this page from the middle of February onwards.

Detailed guidance for students and supervisors here.

Application Form (with guidance) here.

Relevant deadlines:

Projects submitted by the 28 February 2022
Applications by the 8 April 2022 [extended from end of March]
Outcome notification by mid-April 2022

For queries, please email EASTBIO.