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Plant Health Undergraduate Studentships

Undergraduates - would you like to experience the exciting world of plant science research, tackle a key science challenge, and be paid for it?


We've worked with plant scientists to create nine excellent projects that address major plant health challenges identified by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Students can now apply to work on these projects for 10 weeks this summer. Successful students will receive £250 per week.

Eligibility requirements are given below.

We are grateful to Defra, BSPP, N8 AgriFood and the David Colegrave Foundation for funding this programme.

Why apply for a studentship?

These placements are a great way to:

  • Find out what it’s like to contribute to a real research project
  • Get research experience that will look great on your CV
  • Meet and work with scientists who can answer your career questions

As well as being paid, successful applicants will receive a year’s free student membership of the Royal Society of Biology.

How to apply

To apply for one of these studentships, use the link to the online application form in the project description below. You will need to create a free mySociety account. When applying, you will be asked to upload a CV and personal statement explaining why you are interested in the project, and what skills you could contribute.

Guidance for a creating a CV can be found here. Additionally you could ask your university careers service for further advice.

Applications must be received by 23:59 on 8th May 2019.

Who can apply?

The scheme is open to undergraduate students registered at a UK institution for the majority of their science degree. Students will normally take up the award during the summer vacation in the middle years (i.e. 2/3, 2/4 or 3/4) of their degree but final year undergraduates intending to continue to Masters or PhD may also be considered. Mature students are eligible to apply.

The Royal Society of Biology is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in the life sciences, and supports diversity throughout the pipeline; at school and in higher education, in the workplace and training.

Other conditions

On completion of their project, students will be required to submit a poster about their project, and a short statement outlining what they have gained from the experience.

Students will have the opportunity to display their poster at the British Society for Plant Pathology Conference at University of the West of England on 2-3 September 2019. A selection of these posters may be included in relevant Royal Society of Biology, UK Plant Sciences Federation and Member Organisation publications.

Projects available




Below-ground controls of oak decline

University of Manchester


Safeguarding UK hop production: Validating race-specific diagnostics tools for Verticillium albo-atrum





Eves van den Akker



Stop them in their tracks: disrupting the temporal regulators of cyst nematode parasitism

University of Cambridge


Development of combination phage therapy against Ralstonia solanacearum plant pathogenic bacterium

University of York







Assessment of Psyllid vectors of Lso in the UK and their potential risk to Agriculture

Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture, Edinburgh


Life cycle and biology of an emergent pest, the agapanthus gall midge

RHS, Wisley






Papp Rupar

Microbial profiling of the oak tree phyllosphere in response to changing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels

University of Birmingham


Towards curbing the ash dieback epidemic








Using a multi-disciplinary approach to tackle a formidable foe - wheat stem rust

John Innes Centre, Norwich







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