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Summer scholarships 2021

Summer scholarships 2021

The Research Studies Board announces partially funded two-month summer scholarships aimed for students at the Faculty of Medicine’s undergraduate and advanced programmes.

The two-month scholarship (with payment in June and July) shall be used for an eight-week summer research project within any of the courses VMFX70, VMFX71 or VMFX72 during the period June-August 2021. 

The summer research projects are 3 courses worth 15 credits each. The courses start after with an introductory day on 14 June 2021, and the results are presented in the form of a brief abstract/report and an oral presentation for other scholarship holders and the Executive Committee on 26 August. 

The total scholarship amount is SEK 21,800 in 2021 (SEK 10,900 per month, non-taxable). The scholarships are awarded to students at all stages of their education in accordance with the criteria stated for each course. Students cannot be awarded more than three summer scholarships each. Please note that students who are non-EU / EEA citizens have to pay tuition fees.

Apply for the scholarships using the online form Application form - the Faculty of Medicine Summer Research Scholarship (new window). Deadline 2021-02-01. When you submit the application it will be sent to the following address sommarstipendier [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se. Please complete your application with an excerpt from LADOK to the e-mail address no later than 2021-02-01.

Please note that this application is only for the scholarship, application for a summer course (VMFX70, VMFX71 or VMFX72) is made by submitting a project plan in April 2020. Hence, the applicant does not need to have a supervisor or project in place at the time of the scholarship application. All students must, on their own, find a supervisor for their project. The supervisor does not need to co-fund the scholarship as previous years because in 2021, the scholarship will be fully funded by the faculty. When the student and the supervisor have agreed on a suitable project, the student writes a project plan with support from the supervisor. The project plan should be submitted for approval 2021-04-23. (The project can be long-term, but should be shaped in such a way as to allow the student to achieve at least some results within the two-month period). (The project can be long-term, but should be shaped in such a way as to allow the student to achieve at least some results within the two-month period). 

The Research Studies Board cannot finance all applicants, and the students will receive notification whether their application for scholarship is approved or not (decision will be sent by e-mail 2021-02-15). If your application for scholarship is not approved, you may still be able to do a summer research project if you can find a supervisor who is willing to provide the full (100%) scholarship. The establishment of such a scholarship is easier if the applicant has applied for a scholarship within this call, therefore, we highly encourage students to apply if you consider doing a project during the summer 2021.

For more information go to VMFX70, 71 and 72 Summer Research Projects 2021 or contact the course coordinator Dennis Persson, Dennis_R [dot] Persson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Advices when writing a motivation for summer scholarship


  • Be concise, the reviewers read many applications. A precise and brief statement is preferred 
  • Research merits are important. You apply in competition with your friends, all merits that have to do with research as well as extra curriculum courses are important. Whereas activities that have no impact on your future research career are of less importance. 
  • Thy to briefly motivate why we should give a scholarship to you. This is extra important if you at the time of application has no research experience. 

Preparatory Research School 2021

Have you performed a summer scholarship previously? Are you interested in learning more about medical research?  

Take the chance and apply to the Preparatory Research School at the Faculty of Medicine: Application form - the Faculty of Medicine Summer Research Scholarship (new window) deadline 2020-12-16

Entry requirements: To be admitted to the course, students must have 90 credits within their major, a 15 credit independent research project (such as summer stipend) and be a current student at the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University. Note, if you haven't performed an individual research project previously you should apply for a regular summer scholarship first. Also, if your application for Preparatory Research School is not approved (decision received by 2021-12-18), your application is automatically transferred to the summer scholarship group (described above). 

The course (VMFX75) is comprised of 2 parts. The first start on 28 January 2021 and has recurrent meetings in the evenings throughout the spring semester (corresponding to 2 weeks full time studies). Most of the sessions are scheduled during evenings (18-21). Different themes will be brought up: pitch talk, scientific writing/communication, journal clubs, ethics, statistics, career, etc.  During the second part (corresponding to 10 weeks full time studies), an independent research project will be performed. The project will be examined by an extended abstract submission and a poster presentation on 24 August. Before the research project can be started the student must contact a research group at the Faculty of Medicine where the project can be performed. There must be a supervisor that at least holds a PhD. The student writes a project plan according to the template found at the Moodle page and submit this through the submission page here at the course homepage. The project plan will be assessed by the course leader. The student does not need to have a supervisor or a project to apply for the course and the deadline for submission is 2021-04-23. 

The course is based on lectures, seminars and active participation of students. The students that are accepted to the course will receive a scholarship during the summer (2 months). The Faculty of Medicine will finance the scholarship. The student must actively participate in the course during the spring and submit a project plan or the scholarship will be canceled.

For more information go to VMFX75 Preparatory Research School 2021 or contact the course coordinator Dennis Persson, Dennis_R [dot] Persson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se.

The planning team

Dennis Persson, course coordinator
Faculty of Medicine
E-mail: Dennis_R [dot] Persson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Karin Stenkula, Associate professor, course leader
Dept of Experimental Medical Sciences
E-mail: Karin [dot] Stenkula [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Thomas Hellmark, Senior lecturer
Dept Clinical Sciences
E-mail: Thomas [dot] Hellmark [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Robin Kahn, MD, PhD, specialist and researcher, responsible for the medical program
Dept Clinical Sciences
E-mail: Robin [dot] Kahn [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Maya Kylén, Dr med. vet, Active & Healthy Ageing
Department of Health Sciences
E-mail: Maya [dot] kylen [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se