Dr Hadwen Trust launches 2013 summer studentship scheme

New scheme backs students to find alternatives to animal-based research

UNIVERSITY students in the UK are being offered the opportunity to gain practical lab experience while investigating alternatives to animal-based research through a scheme launched by the Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT).

The DHT Summer Studentship Scheme 2013 will enable students to extend their studies over the summer period by working in a real research environment. Last year’s recipients of the inaugural DHT Summer Studentship Scheme included undergraduates at the University of Sheffield, Brunel University, University of Westminster and University of Birmingham.

The value of each award is up to £1,940 up to a maximum of 8 weeks and research undertaken must be directed towards replacing the use of living animals in current procedures within the applicant’s laboratory or in the wider field of animal replacement.  Proposals relevant to any area of medical research or testing which will advance scientific and medical knowledge and replace the use of laboratory animals in medical research will be considered but research that requires or involves the use of living animals in any way, even though the ultimate aim may be to replace their use, will not be supported.

Applications that integrate a range of disciplines will also be welcomed.

Kailah Eglington, Chief Executive of the Dr Hadwen Trust, said: “We already support a wide range of research projects at many of the top Universities around the country and last year’s scheme proved very popular.  We want to build on that this year in a very practical way by supporting the next generation of researchers.”

Students are expected to take up the award during the summer period before their final year of study, either at the end of the second year of a 3-year course or the third year of a 4-year course.

Applicants must submit a statement, written by the Research Supervisor of the research project to be undertaken, including a brief background description, the investigation to be carried out, methods to be used and how this project fits in with other research being conducted in the lab.

For further information and to request an application form, please contact Brigitte Rushmer, Grants Administrator, at the Dr Hadwen Trust on
01462 436819 or email info@drhadwentrust.org

Closing date for applications is 5:00pm Monday 29th April 2013.

More information on Summer Studentship projects which were supported by Dr Hadwen Trust last year can be found here:
www.drhadwentrust.org/research-and-funding/summer-studentship-overview
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Notes to editor:

The Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research (DHT) is the UK’s leading medical research charity funding and promoting the development of techniques and procedures to replace the use of animals in biomedical research and testing.  The DHT was established in 1970 and is supported by patrons such as Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Brian May and David Shepherd.  Funded solely by charitable donations, the DHT has awarded grants to over 140 research projects for some of the most advanced and successful human-related techniques in diverse areas of medical research including cancer, Alzheimer’s, asthma, kidney, heart and liver disease and diabetes.

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