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The Sanger Institute announces The Sanger Prize for Undergraduate Students


The Sanger Prize is an outreach competition aimed at undergraduate students who live and study in low or middle income countries.

Sponsoring Agency: Sanger Institute

Type of Fund: Competition

Deadline: January 7, 2022


The prize was set up in 2002 after John Sulston, Sydney Brenner and Robert Horvitz won a Nobel Prize for their work on C.elegans. John Sulston wanted to donate his part of the prize money to a charitable trust to be administered by the Sanger Institute and he appointed a Board of Trustees who decided that the money should be used to fund an annual essay competition to benefit students who would otherwise not have access to the facilities the institute has to offer.

The winner of the competition is invited to spend three months at the Institute working in a lab of their choice, hosted by a member of the Sanger Faculty. All of their essential travel, living, and training expenses are paid for by the fund, and support and mentor ship are given by the Institute, both from the scientific program they work with and the team who administer the fund.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for the Sanger Prize applicants must meet all of the criteria below:

  • Be from a low or middle income country (a full list of eligible countries is available below)
  • Be studying an undergraduate degree relevant to genomics at a University/Institute in a low/middle income country at the time of the first stage application. This could include any biological science degree, bioinformatics or any degree which includes genomics as a large part of the content
  • Demonstrate an active interest in research in the genomics field
  • Have a good command of English (demonstrated by the clear writing within the application form, no certificate of English is required)
  • Be over 18 at the time of applying

For more information, visit Wellcome Sanger Institute.


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