Student Opportunities

Postgraduate Students

Postgraduate training is an integral part of IFR’s mission, and aims to provide the students with transferable skills usable in a wide variety of career paths. We offer 3 and 4 year PhD studentships, many of which include opportunities to work with industrial partners, clinicians as well as the other world-leading institutes on the Norwich Research Park. Close links with UEA ensure high standards of supervisory practice and mentoring for graduate students, access to training and development courses, and the student experience at this top-rated university.

Student supervisors are world leaders in their research areas, but also receive full supervisory training and support. The IFR Student Forum also provides support, mentoring, and a full range of student-led activities and events.

Career destinations of alumni include academic organisations worldwide for postdoctoral research and lecturing opportunities, UK and international industry, government, teaching, and science-related careers.

Internships or placements

We are very happy to offer placement opportunities to students at undergraduate and post-graduate level. These can be funded via Leonardo, Marie Curie, Erasmus, your home institution or government, or self-funded. You will need

(a) sufficient funding for your stay in the UK (travel, living costs, bench fees)

(b) the appropriate visa if you are not from the EU – and you must fund any visa costs

(c) interests which fit with the current research programme at IFR (please read the website carefully)

In addition, any placement will be subject to a senior scientist at IFR being willing to host your stay.

How to apply:-

In the first instance, you MUST send a full cv, a covering letter explaining why you wish to undertake a placement at IFR, and the details of your funding, to:

We will acknowledge receipt of your enquiry but regret that, due to the number of applications we receive, we will only respond further if we have a host scientist for a potential visit.

School students

 ‘Inside Science’ enables the Norwich BioScience Institutes, funded by BBSRC, to invite gifted and talented science students from around the region to spend three days on an intensive workshop, hearing about the research we do first hand, meeting students, post-docs and research assistants hearing exactly what it’s like to work in science.

We are following the ‘graduands’ to see what impact spending time in a real science environment has on their future career decisions.

Each year, IFR hosts Nuffield Foundation scholars, undertaking research projects during their A level studies.

Further information about 'Inside Science' and the Nuffield scholarships plus other opportunities for school students

We are happy to announce that we will be making some exciting new changes to our Yr10 work experience scheme.

Rather than offering traditional work experience to a small number of students spread throughout the year, we will be running a 4 day Yr10 Science Camp that will run in July . This is being run in collaboration with the John Innes Centre and the Genome Analysis Centre. Further details are available at

Undergraduate Opportunities

Many laboratories at IFR welcome undergraduates to work on research projects during the summer vacation. Students typically work in a laboratory for around eight weeks during the summer vacation. This provides an excellent opportunity to gain first hand research experience in an internationally respected laboratory and is particularly useful for undergraduates who may be considering taking up a PhD studentship after they graduate. The ideal time for this experience is during the summer vacation following the second year of an undergraduate course.

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