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Sanger Institute Prize Competition 2020

Sanger Institute Prize Competition 2020 in UK

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Country: UK
City: Hinxton
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The Sanger Institute Prize is an outreach competition for undergraduate students from low and middle-income countries. This competition serves a platform for the gives the victor to experience the very cutting edge of genomic research.

Sanger Institute Prize 2020

The winner of the Sanger Institute Prize will have an opportunity for a three-month internship with a research group at the Wellcome Sanger Institute during 2020. The award covers all the travel, living and research expenses of the winner.

Eligibility for the Sanger Institute Prize Competition

The following situations and skills will qualify the individual for the Sanger Institute Prize Competition 2020

  • 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. Moreover, 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 as well as must have a good command of English.
  • Be over 18 at the time of applying.

Applicants who do not meet all of the above criteria will be excluded for the second stage of the Sanger Institute Prize Competition 2020.

How to apply for the Sanger Institute Prize Competition 2020?

Stages one: expression of interest

The expression of interest is the initial stage of applying for this program. First stage applicants have to complete a short application form and write an expression of interest detailing their scientific interests and why they want to come to the Sanger Institute.

In addition to that, two academic references are also necessary at this stage. Academic references should be from the university or Institute which the applicant is currently studying at and at least one of them should include the university tutor or supervisor from the genomics degree course. Applications without two complete references will not be valid. Only applications made via the online application system will be accepted. Entries should be submitted online by 5 pm UK GMT, 6th December 2019. The deadline for references is Wednesday 18th December 2019. Only applications that meet the criteria listed above and have two references by the deadline will be accepted and reviewed. Successful applicants will be informed of the results of this stage at the end of January 2020. However, if you did not have a response by the 14th of February please assume that your application has been unsuccessful this time.

Stage two: Essay

Selected candidates will then be asked to take part in stage two of the process, which is to write an essay with a given title. Furthermore, the candidates will receive additional details via email at the beginning of February 2020. After that, candidates will have one month to complete the essay. The judges’ decision will publish at the end of April 2020. The decision will be final and no further correspondence will be applicable for that.


Applicants must complete and submit the online application for the Sanger Institute Prize Competition until 6 December 2019. Further, the applicants should be submit the references by 18 December 2019.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline06 December,2019
Open toSelected Nationalities
OrganizerWellcome Sanger Institute
Contact the organizer [email protected]



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