Undergraduate research bursaries

Undergraduate research bursaries aim to give students dementia research experience and to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research.

Please note this part of our research funding programme is currently paused.

We hope that these short projects will inspire the next generation of dementia researchers who will go on to benefit people affected by dementia with their work.


A stipend of £200 per week can be requested for up to eight weeks (maximum £1600). Up to £500 can be claimed towards project expenses.


  • The host institution must be within the UK.
  • All students must be registered at a UK institution for the majority of their undergraduate degree.
  • Students must be in the middle years (i.e. 2/3, 2/4 or 3/4) of their degree when commencing the studentship.
  • Applications from medical students and allied healthcare professional students are welcomed.
  • Applications on behalf of first- or final-year undergraduates, or graduates, will not be considered.
  • Applicants who have had the opportunity to undertake research are not eligible to apply e.g. those who have done an intercalated BSc.
  • Bursaries will not be awarded for projects that are a part of degree work or expeditions, or that take place overseas.

Applications should demonstrate: 

  • Research projects that have a clearly defined objective which is achievable by the student in the time available. 
  • Projects which give scope for thought and initiative on the part of the student and do not use the student as a general assistant. 
  • Students are expected to achieve a 1st or 2.1 degree, who are considering a career in research, but who have not yet had an opportunity to experience research.


Applications can be made for research projects which fit within our funding remit, which is organised into two streams:

How to apply

Applications should be made by the prospective supervisor. Students wishing to undertake a project in dementia research should contact their prospective host institution/supervisor. 

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All applications which fulfil the eligibility criteria will be scientifically peer reviewed and the lay proposal prioritised by research network volunteers. Feedback is provided to all applicants. 

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Working with our Research Network

We encourage applicants to involve people affected by dementia, such as members of our Research Network, in developing their application and carrying out their research.

Previous examples include inviting Research Network volunteers to their lab and presenting their work or asking for help in designing part of the project - such as a questionnaire. 

Every year we hold an Undergraduate event in London to give our funded students the opportunity to present their projects to each other, their supervisors, Research Network volunteers and Society staff. 

Any questions?

Please contact our grants team at [email protected]

Previous outcomes

 Year  No of applications received  No of awards made
2019 21 14 (67%)
 2018  20  13 (65%)
 2017  21  11 (52%)
 2016  17   12 (70%)
 2015    8    5 (63%)
 2014  15  12 (80%)
 2013  11    5 (45%)

Further information and resources for undergraduates

If you're a student looking to get involved in dementia research, there are a limited number of organisations that offer summer bursary schemes to support undergraduate students to undertake a summer placement. Also keep an eye out on departmental notice boards in your university for any locally run schemes. 

If you're looking for more information about getting involved in dementia research please visit our Dementia Research Leaders resources for more information. 

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