Sanger Institute Prize Competition 2020

The winner of the Sanger Institute Prize will be offered a three-month internship with a research group at the Wellcome Sanger Institute during 2020. Travel, living and research expenses are all covered by the award.


The Sanger Institute Prize is an outreach competition for undergraduate students from low- and middle-income countries and gives the winner an opportunity to experience the very cutting edge of genomic research.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be from a low- or middle-income country (a full list of eligible countries is available below)
  • Be studying a relevant undergraduate degree at a University/Institute in a low-/middle-income country at the time of application
  • Demonstrate an active interest in research in the genomics field
  • Have a good command of English
  • Be over 18 at the time of applying

The 2020 competition will be run as a two-stage process.

Stage one: expression of interest

First stage applicants are asked to complete a short application form and write an expression of interest detailing their scientific interests and why they want to come to the Sanger Institute. Two academic references are also required at this stage.

Only applications made via the online application system will be accepted. Entries should be submitted online by 5pm UK GMT, 6th December 2019.

The deadline for references is Wednesday 18th December 2019. Only applications which meet the criteria listed above and have two references by the deadline will be accepted and reviewed.

Applicants will be informed of the results of this stage at the end of January 2020.

Stage two: essay

Selected candidates will then be asked to take part in stage two of the process, which is to write an essay with a given title. Details of this stage will be emailed to the candidates at the beginning of February 2020 and they will be given one month to complete the essay.

The judges’ decision will be communicated at the end of April 2020, the decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.


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Eligible Countries

Low Income Economies

Afghanistan Benin Burkina Faso
Burundi Central African Republic Chad
Congo, Dem. Rep. Eritrea Ethiopia
Gambia, The Guinea Guinea-Bissau
Haiti Korea, Dem. People’s Rep. Liberia
Madagascar Malawi Mali
Mozambique Nepal Niger
Rwanda Sierra Leone Somalia
South Sudan Syrian Arab Republic Tajikistan
Tanzania Togo Uganda
Yemen, Rep.

Lower Middle Income Economies

Angola Bangladesh Bhutan
Bolivia Cabo Verde Cambodia
Cameroon Comoros Congo, Rep.
Côte d’Ivoire Djibouti Egypt, Arab Rep.
El Salvador Eswatini Ghana
Honduras India Indonesia
Kenya Kiribati Kyrgyz Republic
Lao PDR Lesotho Mauritania
Micronesia, Fed. Sts. Moldova Mongolia
Morocco Myanmar Nicaragua
Nigeria Pakistan Papua New Guinea
Philippines São Tomé and Principe Senegal
Solomon Islands Sudan Timor-Leste
Tunisia Ukraine Uzbekistan
Vanuatu Vietnam West Bank and Gaza
Zambia Zimbabwe

Upper Middle Income Economies

Albania Algeria American Samoa
Argentina Armenia Azerbaijan
Belarus Belize Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana Brazil Bulgaria
China Colombia Costa Rica
Cuba Dominica Dominican Republic
Ecuador Equatorial Guinea Fiji
Gabon Georgia Grenada
Guatemala Guyana Iran, Islamic Rep.
Iraq Jamaica Jordan
Kazakhstan Kosovo Lebanon
Libya Malaysia Maldives
Marshall Islands Mauritius Mexico
Montenegro Namibia Nauru
North Macedonia Paraguay Peru
Romania Russian Federation Samoa
Serbia South Africa Sri Lanka
St. Lucia St. Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname
Thailand Tonga Turkey
Turkmenistan Tuvalu Venezuela, RB


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