Summer Studentships

What is a summer studentship and what are the benefits?

The studentships are typically of 6-8 weeks duration focussed on involving the student in scientific research resulting in a report (see below). The report may be shared via society's publications and associated websites and many studentships have led to academic publications and talks. 

Please click here to read about the experience of one of this year's students.

In order to qualify for consideration of funding:

  • The application must be submitted by a student’s supervisor.
  • The supervisor must be a BMSS member of at least 3 months standing, or a ChromSoc member.
  • The supervisor must be a bona-fide employee of the institution/company in which the project will be conducted, to which the funds will be paid (not to named individuals).
  • Only a single application per supervisor per round will be considered by this scheme.
  • Funding should typically be used to provide direct financial support to the student e.g. as stipend to cover living expenses and a wage and is not to be used for conference attendance or travel (BMSS or ChromSoc travel grants are available for this purpose) or continuation of PhD studies/projects. Grants must be used solely for the purposes set out in the application.
  • Funding is open to academics who are in full-time employment at a British university or research institution and who will be fully employed for the duration of the project and report deadline, or where in part-time employment, name a full time collaborator who is able to provide suitable cover.  Successful candidates may recruit undergraduates who are UK or EU nationals, or who have UK residence qualifications, and to overseas students who are attending a British university or research institution for full time education with valid student visa for the period of the Summer Studentship.  The involvement of industrial bodies (as co-sponsor or collaborator) is acceptable, but the studentship application should be made solely by the academic where the student is based, and that the institution and student both fulfil the aforementioned criteria, otherwise such applications will not be considered.

What level of financial support can be expected?
The British Mass Spectrometry Society (BMSS) will fund approximately six projects, to a maximum value of £2000 per studentship. In addition the Chromatographic Society (ChromSoc) will fund up to a further two projects to a maximum value of £2000 per studentship, provided that they contain a strong focus on separation science. Some degree of matched funding will be looked upon favourably.

Enhanced BMSS Summer Studentship programme for 2021

In addition to the funding outlined above the BMSS will provided enhanced benefits for its programme beneficiaries in 2021.

  • Complimentary 5-Year BMSS Membership.
  • Complimentary registration for one BMSS Annual Meeting.
  • Complimentary registration on the BMSS Introduction to Mass Spectrometry course.
  • Travel Grant to facilitate attendance at one BMSS Annual Meeting/Course.
  • Beneficiaries are encouraged to make a scientific contribution to the next BMSS Annual Meeting (may be deferred by one year).


  • Application must be submitted by PI. It is the PI’s responsibility to have full consent of all Co-Applicants prior to submitting this proposal.
  • Applications should not exceed 3 A4 pages and should be structured according to the format below:
    1. Proposed sponsor (you can select one or more relevant groups)
      1. BMSS (must have a mass spectrometry element);
      2. ChromSoc (must have a separations element);
    2. Project title (20 words or less)
    3. Name and email addresses of any Co-Applicants
    4. Background Information (250 words or less)
    5. Project Objectives (300 words or less)
    6. Experimental Plan, detailing student involvement
    7. Proposed outcome and impact of the research
    8. Ensuring a positive student experience of mass spectrometry
    9. Coronavirus mitigation plan (student safety and planning for a successful project despite pandemic)
    10. Level of Funding required, details of matched funding and outline of what funds will be used for (1000 words or less)
    11. Information to demonstrate alignment with the national living wage: As part of the application, the BMSS require the applicants demonstrate that their combined budget and timeframes are compliant with the National Living Wage (
    12. Anticipated start and end dates
    13. Institutional signoff complied with (yes/no – if no, supervisor letter of support to be provided)
    14. PI signature (accepting the terms and conditions of the BMSS and the award)
  • Applications should be emailed to the BMSS Administrator:
  • The 2022 call will open on 12th November 2021.
  • Deadline for submission is the 14th January 2022, with successful candidates being notified by the end of March 2022.

Terms and Conditions

  • The decision making process. The BMSS Advisory Board and ChromSoc representatives will rank and select the projects that will receive funding based on criteria including their mass spectrometry and/or chromatography content, relevance to current topics, novelty of the project, deliverables and the development of the student.
  • The project report. The student/supervisor team must produce a project report of 2-3 pages (1600-2400 words) describing the results of their project once completed. This report may be published in society publications such as Mass Matters, ChromComm, LCGC's The Column, and appear on the society websites.
  • Project reports must be returned to the BMSS Administrator:, within 6 weeks of project end date. Delayed publication (so as not to prejudice journal submission) can be negotiated, but report submission must be on time. Late reports will negatively affect chances of future applications for any future BMSS funding.
  • Acknowledging financial support. All of the sponsoring society/ies (BMSS and ChromSoc) must be specifically acknowledged in all presentations/publications and grants resulting from the student’s work.
  • We would not normally expect to award more than one grant to the same PI in any twelve month period. 
  • Complimentary student benefits may not be transferred to another person. The complimentary registration on the Introduction to Mass Spectrometry Course and to attend the BMSS Annual Conference, plus the travel grant to support attendance, may be deferred by up to one year. The student attending the conference would be expecetd to present a  poster.

If you have any questions about the Summer Studentship programme please do not hesitate to contact the BMSS Education Officer Dr Mark Barrow (University of Warwick):