Undergraduate traineeships

A student taking a degree course at Keele involving a Life Sciences subject (i.e. Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Human Biology) is eligible to apply to spend up to 48 weeks on a Traineeship placement. Such a placement will increase your initial employment prospects by giving you appropriate employment, laboratory and research skills. In addition, the work carried out whilst on placement is written up and incorporated into your final year assessment.

Where can I do my Traineeship?

We have opportunities for Undergraduates to work in 20 different laboratories throughout Europe.

France Germany Italy Ireland
  • Institut Pasteur Paris
  • Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris
  • Marine Biology Station Brittany
  • Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble
  • Vetinary Institute (TiHo), Hannover
  • University of Freiburg, Freiburg
  • Ronzoni Institute, Institute for Chemical & Biochemical research, Milan
  • Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway
The Netherlands Norway Poland Spain Sweden
  • Leiden University Medical Centre (Mainly MSc)
  • Radboud Universitat Nijmegen 
  • Wageningen University 
  • Plant Treatment International BV
  • University of Oslo 
  • Jagiellonian University, Krakow
  • Polish Academy of Sciences, Chybie
  • Nencki Institute, Warsaw
  • Universidad de Automona, Madrid
  • Göteborg University
  • Lund University
  • Stockholm University (Mainly MSc)

What projects can I do?

What funding is available?

Country Monthly grant Monthly supplement for students from disadvantaged background

Group 1 countries (high cost of living)

Denmark, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway


(€330 + €100 traineeship monthly


(€330 + €120 disadvantaged background top up)

Group 2 countries (medium cost of living)

Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Iceland, Turkey


(€280 + €100 traineeship monthly top up)


(€280 + €120 disadvantaged background top up)

Group 3 countries (low cost of living)

Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia


(€280 + €100 traineeship monthly top up)


(€280 + €120 disadvantaged background top up)

Language training

If you plan to do this you should ideally sign up for a language course as part of your first or second year or you can email [email protected] to ask to be registered on the Online Linguistic Support (OLS). Alternatively you can check the university website and with your supervisor to see if there are any intensive language training within the university or in the surrounding area.

How to apply?

  • In the first instance, you should discuss with Professor David Hoole which placement would suit you.
  • A meeting will then be organised with all second-year students in Life Sciences to discuss the procedures involved and the application process.
  • A preliminary meeting will take place in the first semester of the second year with a follow-up meeting giving further details at the beginning of the second semester. The application procedure will also be clarified during this session.
  • The application is available on the KLE - Life Sciences Placements [LSC-00003)
  • The current deadline for students interested in the Undergraduate Programme is 12 December 2018.
  • All application forms should be handed into the Reception in the Huxley Building, Life Sciences and emailed to Professor Dave Hoole.


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