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FAQ

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the Amgen Scholars programme.

Amgen Scholars programmes in Europe

What is the purpose of the Amgen Scholars Programme?

The Amgen Scholars Programme provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the world's leading educational institutions. The Programme seeks to increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing a science or engineering career. Ultimately, the Programme aims to increase the number of students pursuing advanced training and careers in the sciences.

What is the expected number of Amgen Scholars at each programme site in Europe, and in total?

The University of Cambridge, ETH Zurich, Institut Pasteur, LMU Munich and Karolinska Institute will each host approximately 20 Amgen Scholars each summer. With five host universities in Europe, we expect there to be approximately 100 Amgen Scholars in Europe each summer.

Are there common summer programme dates for all programme sites in Europe?

No. There are different start and end dates to help accommodate varying university timetables (Details of all programme dates) . In 2018, the Amgen Scholars Programme at Cambridge will start on Sunday 8th July, and run until the end of the Annual Symposium on Wednesday 5th September.

Do I need to attend the ETH Zurich, Institut Pasteur, Karolinska Institute, LMU Munich or the University of Cambridge - or a college or university in France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden or the UK - during the academic year to apply to the Amgen Scholars Programme?

No. Eligible students enrolled at colleges and universities throughout Europe may apply. Note that eligible students must attend a college or university in a country that is participating in the Bologna Process (see the list of countries). Students already enrolled as undergraduates at one of the host universities are encouraged to apply to the other four universities in order to fully benefit from the experience.

Can I apply to participate in the Amgen Scholars Programme in Europe if science or engineering is not the main subject area of my degree?

Yes. Although we expect that the majority of Amgen Scholars will have science or engineering as the main subject area of their degree, students in any subject area may apply.

Do I need to have research experience prior to being admitted to the Programme in Europe?

No. The Amgen Scholars Programme encourages applications from students experienced in research as well as newcomers to the field. Applications are particularly encouraged from students who attend colleges and universities that have limited opportunities for students to conduct research.

Can I participate as an Amgen Scholar for more than one summer?

No. You are invited to participate as an Amgen Scholar for one summer only. This ensures that each summer a new cohort of Amgen Scholars in Europe will have the opportunity to benefit from this type of hands-on research experience.

Where can I apply to be an Amgen Scholar?

The Amgen Scholars Programme is currently available at universities in Europe, America and Japan.

You are invited to participate as an Amgen Scholar at a college or university in the region of the world (U.S. or Europe) where you are currently enrolled and intend to receive your undergraduate degree.

Students from anywhere in the world can also apply for the programmes in Japan.

If applicable, am I required to obtain the appropriate visas to participate in the Amgen Scholars Programme?

Yes. It is the students' responsibility to acquire the necessary visas to attend their respective summer programme (in England, France, Germany, Sweden or Switzerland) and the symposium in England. The Amgen Scholars European Programme Coordinating Centre will help European Scholars with this process.

 

Amgen Cambridge Scholars Programme

What are the dates of the programme in Cambridge?

In 2018, the Amgen Scholars Programme at Cambridge will start on Sunday 8th July, and run until the end of the Annual Symposium on Wednesday 5th September

Which areas of academic research will the Programme offer?

In Cambridge the research areas are: cancer, cardiovascular science and medicine, developmental and regenerative biology and medicine, ecology and conservation, evolutionary biology, epidemiology and public health, functional genomics, systems biology and genetic medicine, infection and immunity, medical imaging, metabolic medicine, integrative and comparative physiology, neuroscience, psychology and mental health, plant biology, structural and molecular cell biology, women's health.

What should I say in my initial email to a potential supervisor?

It best practice for students to consider their research areas of interest and make a short list of faculty to contact in these fields (you should use the research themes database to identify suitable supervisors), then put together a carefully considered email to these individuals stating the research areas you are interested in or an idea of a research project that you have. You can include a CV or other relevant information in this first email.

A generic email sent to a large number of faculty is not likely to yield a positive response.

I am having difficulty finding a supervisor, what should I do?

The Amgen programme in Cambridge is very competitive and that means academics are often contacted by far more people than they are able to offer research projects to.

If you have not heard back from an academic then it is likely that they are not able to offer you a project and you should move onto contacting alternative potential supervisors.

You may also wish to consider the content of the email you are sending a supervisor and if this could be improved.

 

Annual Symposium

Will there be an opportunity to meet Amgen Scholars participating in the Europe programme at other sites, and to learn more about biotechnology and drug discovery and development?

Yes. In September, each Amgen Scholar in Europe will attend a symposium to hear first hand from leading scientists working in industry and academia. The symposium will be held in Cambridge, England, and will provide students with a great opportunity to network with other Amgen Scholars from across Europe.

Is the cost of travel to and from this symposium, as well as room and board, covered by the Programme?

Yes. As the Annual Symposium is also held in Cambridge, Amgen Scholars at the University of Cambridge will transfer to the symposium venue immediately following the end of their Summer Programme. For Scholars at the other European Sites transport and accommodation will be covered by the programme.

Eligibility

What criteria do I need to meet to become an Amgen Scholar in Europe?

Amgen Scholars Europe Programme applicants must be:

  • Undergraduate students enrolled in colleges and universities in Europe*;

and

  • who have not entered the final year of their bachelor's or first degree (or its equivalent) prior to participating in the programme

Europe programme applicants must also have:

  • A strong record of academic performance;
  • An interest in pursuing a PhD; and
  • A good working knowledge of English

* Eligible students must attend a college or university in a country that is participating in the Bologna Process. Currently, the participating countries include: Albania; Andorra; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Belgium; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Holy See; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Kazakhstan; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Malta; Moldova; Montenegro; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovak Republic; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; Ukraine; United Kingdom.

My first degree leads to a Masters level qualification, can I still apply?

If you are studying for your first degree and it is 4 or more years in duration and leads directly to a Masters level qualification then you can apply for the programme if you are in the 1st or 2nd years of this degree only.

I am a medical student are there restrictions on when I can apply?

Medical students must not have completed their pre-clinical training by the start of the Amgen programme.

Do I need to be a citizen of one of the above European countries to apply to participate in the Amgen Scholars Programme?

No. There is no citizenship requirement for the Amgen Scholars Programme in Europe.

Can students who are only spending a short period of time (i.e. a semester or year abroad) at a European institution of higher education apply to participate in the Amgen Scholars Programme in Europe?

No. To be eligible, students must not only be currently enrolled at a college or university in Europe, but also intend to earn their undergraduate degree at a college or university in Europe.

Do I need to provide formal evidence of my English language ability?

Formal evidence is not required, but Scholars will need a good working knowledge of English in order to participate fully.

Applying

How do I apply?

Information about applying to the Amgen Scholars Programme at Cambridge is available on the Applying page. If you are interested in applying to the Amgen Scholars Programme at another University in Europe, please visit the main Amgen Scholars website.

Is there one application form for all of the programme sites in Europe?

No. Each programme site in Europe has its own application process.

Can I apply to more than one programme site in Europe?

Yes. You can apply to as many programme sites in Europe as you would like, but each programme site does require a separate application.

Is there a common application deadline for all programme sites in Europe?

Yes. In Europe, the application deadline for all programmes is the 1st February 2018.

When will I find out if I am accepted into the Programme in Europe?

Notification dates for applicants to programme sites in Europe can be found on the application pages of the individual programme websites. In Cambridge we aim to inform all applicants regarding the outcome of their application by early March 2018.

Are there certain application requirements common to all programme sites in Europe?

Yes. The application at each programme site in Europe will, at a minimum, require the submission of an official transcript, a letter of recommendation and a personal statement

What is an official academic transcript?

An official academic transcript is a document that summarises a student's academic progress and performance to date, and should include the University and course title, alongside grades for each module taken. You will probably need to ask your university to provide you with one and it may take a while to produce. We accept scans or hard copies of these documents, but are unable to accept e-documents from Everify. First year students may submit A Level (or equivalent) certificates if no current University records can be obtained.

If I am not selected this year, can I apply again?

Yes. As long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria, you can certainly apply again.

 

Contact information

Whom do I contact with questions about the Amgen Scholars Programme in Cambridge?

Please contact the Amgen Cambridge Scholars programme office.

Whom do I contact with questions about the Amgen Scholars Programme in Europe?

Please contact the European Coordinating Centre for the Amgen Scholars Programme.