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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences


The Amgen Scholars Programme allows undergraduates from across the globe to participate in cutting-edge research opportunities at world-class institutions through a scheme which is made possible through a 12-year, $50 million commitment from the Amgen Foundation. 17 leading institutions across the U.S., Europe and Japan currently host the summer program.

Undergraduate participants benefit from undertaking a research project under top faculty, being part of a cohort-based experience of seminars and networking events, and taking part in a symposium in their respective region (U.S., Europe or Japan) where they meet their peers, learn about biotechnology, and hear from leading scientists. Approximately 15 students are admitted to each programme per year.


The Cambridge Programme: 

The Amgen Cambridge Scholars Programme offers 15 undergraduate students from across Europe the opportunity to take part in an eight week research project within one of the laboratories at the University of Cambridge.  

The programme takes place between the July and September 2020 and accommodation is provided at St. Edmunds College throughout the programme. Exact programme dates will be confirmed shortly.  

Scholars are also invited to take part in weekly evening sessions as part of our professional development programme. In recent years this has included sessions exploring different scientific careers, applying for graduate education and on how to prepare and present scientific posters. 

A variety of social activities will also be on offer throughout the programme.


Amgen Scholars at a glance:

  • No previous research experience is necessary and you do not need to be a biology major to apply.
  • You do not need to currently attend one of the 17 host institutions to participate in the program. In fact, Amgen Scholars have represented over 500 colleges and universities to date.
  • During the program, students work full-time on independent research projects under the guidance of a research scientist.
  • Amgen Scholars have opportunities to conduct research, analyze data, present research results, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and develop working relationships with faculty mentors and other research staff.
  • Amgen Scholars learn how to collaborate effectively in research settings while investigating areas of research interest within a specific discipline and gaining practical skills and knowledge for both graduate study and post-graduate careers.
  • Financial support is a critical component of the Amgen Scholars Program. Please note that details vary by host institution. See each institution’s Amgen Scholars Program website for more information.

Academic research areas:

Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biopsychology, Biotechnology, Chemica & Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Immunology, Medical Pharmacology, Microbiology, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Medicine, Molecular Pharmacology, Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Physiological Psychology, Physiological Science, Statistics, Toxicology


Full information on this highly competitive programme can be found on the Amgen Scholars Programme website. 


Applications for the Amgen Scholar Programme 2020 are now open.

Please note that along with the application form you need to submit the following documentation in pdf format:

  • Personal statement (a template form can be found through the link above)
  • Copy of your transcripts
  • CV (1 page)

Please make sure you contact your potentail supervisor before applying. Group leaders in the Schools of Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine (and beyond) have been classified into the 14 Research Themes below. Click here to find Research Groups in your favourite subject 

Applications' deadline: 3rd February 2020 at 12:00 noon (UK time).

Only fully completed applications will be considered for admission



If after reading the information here, you have a question about the Cambridge programme please contact the team at Amgen Scholars Programme Cambridge

If you have a general enquiry about the Amgen programmes in Europe please contact Amgen European Contact Centre