HiLIFE Research Trainee Scholarships

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Do you dream of working one day as a scientist? Wait no longer!

HiLIFE Research Trainee Scholarships provide the world’s best summer job where you can follow your own scientific curiosity.

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Why should you consiser applying for the grant?

Practical research training during undergraduate BSc, MSc and Lic (Med, Vet Med) studies can be an empowering experience. We want to encourage this by offering students an opportunity to conduct a research training period at a University of Helsinki  life science research group e.g. as a part of voluntary studies (including thesis).

The HiLIFE Research Trainee Scholarships will provide financial support (up to €1500/month) for three month training period.

Who is eligible to apply?

This programme is open to all undergraduate students studying life sciences at the University of Helsinki.

Life Science faculties at the University of Helsinki are: 

  • Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Selection criteria

  • Grades (You can order a transcript of studies in Weboodi)
  • CV
  • Motivation letter where you are expected to explain what research topic interests you the most and define an outstanding question in that field. Describe how the internship would benefit your future. 
  • Interview by the selection committee (for preselected students)

How to apply?

To be eligible, the application must include the above mentioned three attachments (transcript, CV, motivation letter) as a single pdf-file in English.

Applications are to be sent from your helsinki.fi email account to hilife-edu@helsinki.fi.s with the subject "HiLIFE research traineeship application".  Application period is 17 Dec 2019 – 17 January 2020. Late applications will not be considered. 

Timeline

  • Application period 17 December 2019 – 17 January 2020
  • You will be informed by the February 9th if you have been selected for an interview
  • Interviews in mid-February and the decisions by the end of February
  • Internship must be conducted by December 2020

More information about the programme

There will be an information event about the programme on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 at 15.00–16.00 in Biocenter 1, room 1401 (oppimiskeskus).

You may also send enquiries to hilife-edu@helsinki.fi.

HiLIFE Research Trainee Scholarship FAQ

Who can participate, and how is life science defined?

The program is intended for students earning their BSc, MSc or Lic (Med and Vet Med) degrees (perustutkinto-opiskelijat). Students from the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Medicine can participate in this programme.

Can I get credits for this training period?

It is highly encouraged that you try to implement this practical training as a part of your degree. However, policies differ between different study programs and you should consult the guidelines of your study programme to find out how to credit this period as a part of you degree.  

Why should I consider applying?

This is an opportunity to work as a part of a research group on a topic that you find fascinating. You are expected to learn new things and improve your analytical, communication, teamwork and technical skills. You will build new personal and professional connections and experience what it is like to be a member of the academic research group. If you are selected, you will be offered a monthly salary covering the living costs. 

What information is required for the application?

To be eligible, the application must include the following three attachments as a single pdf-file:

1. Motivation letter (tot. max. 1 p.): describe your motivation to do research and explain what particular research topic interests you and why. Describe one outstanding question in your research interest area.

2. CV, which includes research and other work experience (max. 2 pp.).

3. Most recent study transcript.  

Where can I start looking for research groups?

The webpages of University of Helsinki Life Science departments and research institutions are a good way to source what type of research is conducted. 

Institute of Biotechnology

Neuroscience Center

Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland

Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Pharmacy

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
 

How are the applications evaluated?

The applications will be scored independently by five selection committee members representing different areas of life science. We look for curious, ambitious, independent, and self-reliant students. The committee will evaluate your previous success in studies and will pay special attention to your motivation letter. The best ranked applicants will be invited for an interview with the selection committee. 

Who will be in the selection committee?

The selection committee will be composed of five researchers from the faculties, representing different disciplines of life sciences.

 What is expected of me if I am selected?

  • You are expected to directly contact the host research group of your interest after you have received a notice of your selection – not before (help is provided for this).
  • You will conduct a full-time research project for 3 months.
  • You need to adhere to the guidelines of your study programme in order to obtain credits.
  • You may be asked to contribute to the programme social media outreach (Twitter, Instagram blog/vlog). 

Where can I get more information?

There will be an information event about the programme on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 at 15.00–16.00 in Biocenter 1, room 1401 (oppimiskeskus). You may also send enquiries to hilife-edu@helsinki.fi.

Where and when can I apply?

Applications are to be sent as single pdf file to hilife-edu@helsinki.fi.  Application period is 17 Dec 2019 – 17 January 2020.

When will I know if I got selected?

You will be informed by the February 9th if you have been selected for an interview held on mid-February. The decisions on the awarded grants will be announced shortly after the interview. 

When should I conduct the internship?

The internships must be conducted by the end of December 2020.

What is HiLIFE?

HiLIFE is a new life science institute at the University of Helsinki established in 2017 supporting high quality research across campuses and life science faculties. HiLIFE builds on existing strengths and new recruits and partnerships to create an attractive international environment for solving grand challenges in health, food and the environment. HiLIFE operates across faculties that conduct research and education in life sciences. https://www.helsinki.fi/en/helsinki-institute-of-life-science/about