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Amgen Scholars Programme

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

Contents

  1. Amgen Scholars programmes in Europe

  2. Amgen Cambridge Scholars Programme

  3. Annual Symposium

  4. Eligibility

  5. Applying

  6. Travelling to the UK during Coronavirus

  7. Contact information

 

Amgen Scholars programmes in Europe

What is the purpose of the Amgen Scholars Programme?

The Amgen Scholars Programme provides 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 around 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. In 2023, the Amgen Scholars Programme at Cambridge will start on Monday 10th July (scholars are asked to arrive on Sunday 9th July) and will run until the end of the Amgen European Symposium (4th-6th September 2023, departing on Thursday 7th). 

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, the U.S., Canada, Asia, and Australia. You are invited to participate as an Amgen Scholar at a college or university in the region of the world (U.S., Canada, Oceania 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 Asia.

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 European host institutions will help European Scholars with this process.

Amgen Cambridge Scholars Programme

What are the dates of the programme in Cambridge?

In 2023, the Amgen Scholars Programme at Cambridge will start on Monday 10th July (scholars are asked to arrive on Sunday 9th July) and will run until the end of the Amgen European Symposium (4th-6th September 2023, departing on Thursday 7th). 

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.

See Research Themes: https://www.postgradschl.lifesci.cam.ac.uk/research-themes-1 

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.

What is covered at the symposium?

Accommodation and meals are provided for all scholars attending the symposium. For Scholars at the other European Sites, airport and station transfers will be arranged by the Cambridge Amgen Scholars Programme. 

Eligibility

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

Applicants to the Amgen Scholars Programme in Cambridge must be undergraduate students:

  • who are enrolled in colleges or universities in Europe*, and
  • who have not entered the final year of their bachelor's or first degree (or its equivalent) before participating in the programme 
  • who have not already received a bachelor's degree
  • Medical students: medical students who have not yet finished the 4th year of their studies at the point of application will be considered
  • Integrated masters courses: students on integrated masters courses will be considered provided they have not entered the final year of their programme and meet all other criteria

Applicants must also:

  • be able to demonstrate a strong record of academic performance
  • have an interest in undertaking a PhD.

It is not essential that applicants have prior research experience. The language of the Scholars Programme is English and scholars at Cambridge will need a good working knowledge of English in order to participate fully.

Applicants must be able to attend the full programme, including the symposium.

We strongly encourage students studying at the University of Cambridge to apply to the other European programmes: LMUETH ZurichInstitut Pasteur and Karolinska Institutet.

The University of Cambridge is committed to equality of opportunity and admissions to the programme will be solely on the basis of merit.

*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; Serbia; Slovak Republic; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; Ukraine; United Kingdom.

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

See point above. 

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.

Does my proposed supervisor need to do anything as a part of my application?

Yes. When you submit your application, your supervisor will be emailed with a link to an MS form to complete - this will ask them to provide a brief outline of the project. The deadline for supervisors to submit their forms is Sunday 5th February 2023, however, we strongly advise you to notify your supervisor they will receive this email: we'd advise they submit this as soon as possible to prevent any last minute issues. 

How many references do I need?

You will need to name one referee in your application form; you'll also be asked to include their email address. When you submit your application, they will then be automatically emailed with a form to submit, and a deadline for submission. You should make them aware of this before submitting your application. Please do not send additional references or name additional referees - these will not be checked and may result in your application being rejected. 

The deadline for referees to submit their reference forms is Sunday 5th February 2023, however, we strongly advise you to notify your referee they will receive this email: we'd advise they submit this as soon as possible to prevent any last minute issues. 

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 2023. 

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 end of March 2023.

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 academic transcript, a letter of recommendation and a personal statement. You should check each site's individual requirements. 

What is an academic transcript?

An academic transcript is an official document from your university 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.

If you are in the first year of your studies and do not yet have a university transcript, you can submit your A-levels/High School transcript in place of this. You must also include a letter from a staff member at your university such as your Head of School, or Course Leader (or similar) which includes the grades you've achieved so far in first year. The letter should include your university's letterhead. Please note, this applies to first year students without a transcript only. 

If your transcript is not in English, we'd ask you to please provide a translation alongside the official copy.

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.

Travelling to the UK during Coronavirus

What do I need to know before travelling to England?

There are currently no Covid-19 restrictions in place for travelling to England, but you should ensure to check the guidance on the UK government site and your own country's guidelines. 

Contact information

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

Please contact the Amgen Cambridge Scholars Programme office at amgenscholars@admin.cam.ac.uk

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

Please contact the Amgen Scholars Global Program Office at amgenscholarsglobal@harvard.edu

 

 

 

Amgen Scholars Programme

The University of Cambridge is delighted to continue to participate in the Amgen Scholars Programme and to welcome scholars from universities across Europe.

Amgen Scholars at the University of Cambridge will have the opportunity to work alongside our experienced faculty members, including some of the world's top academic scientists. They will gain hands-on laboratory experience, and actively contribute to the advancement of science. We hope that the experience of undertaking research in one of the world's foremost Universities will enthuse our Scholars about a career in scientific research.

We would like to acknowledge the support of the Amgen Foundation.