The Wellcome Trust is changing how they award Biomedical Vacation Scholarships, so that more students from underrepresented groups can gain scientific research experience.

Data shows that ethnicity and socio-economic status are factors that affect students' access to postgraduate research, and a career in science. It means that people from disadvantaged backgrounds and certain minority ethnic groups are underrepresented at top-ranked universities, and in the UK research workforce

Wellcome want to play their part in addressing this gap and broadening the diversity of the people they fund. From 2020, they will stop awarding scholarships directly to individuals. Instead, they will provide ring-fenced funding to institutions that have been awarded their new Four-year PhD Programmes in Science and committed to supporting a positive research culture. 

The institutions will offer the scholarships to students in line with local priorities for widening participation to higher education.

Read the full Wellcome Trust article.

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