These prestigious studentships are offered to up to seven students each year.
The total amount of the award is £4,000. This is broken down into £1000 payable to the student on commencement of the studentship after a successful interview. If the student opts to work in a lab over summer then £1500 is payable to the student in June/July with £500 going towards lab costs. The final £1000 is payable to the student upon satisfactory reports (or presentation of poster at the Network Meeting) in the December.
The scheme is designed to be flexible. A student can propose to:
- work in a research laboratory over the summer vacation (not in a lab run by their mentor or at their place of study) to gain valuable experience. Research projects can be in any area of plant science.
- provide an opportunity to travel to, and attendance at, plant-related conferences
- purchase books or subscriptions to journals/scientific magazines
- fund the cost of field work.
Successful students are eligible to compete for a Sainsbury PhD Studentship starting in October 2013 and will be invited to attend the 2012 Gatsby Plant Science Network meeting and the 2013 Gatsby training weekend.