2018 Sanger Institute Prize Competition

2018 Sanger Institute Prize Competition

Pursue your research dreams for three months

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leader in genomic research and provides an excellent environment for aspiring scientists to begin to realise their research ambitions.

The winner of the Sanger Institute Prize will be offered a three month internship with a research group at the Wellcome Sanger Institute during 2018. Travel, living and research expenses are all covered by the award.


The Sanger Institute Prize is an outreach prize for undergraduate students from low and middle income countries. Please check the list of eligible countries on the second tab. To be eligible to apply, applicants must also be studying at a University/Institute in a low/middle income country. The Sanger Prize is an opportunity to experience the very cutting edge of genomic research. Students should be able to demonstrate an active interest in research in the genomics field and have a good command of english.

The 2018 competition will be run as a two stage process:

Stage one: expression of interest

The expression of interest should consist of:

In the first stage applicants are asked to apply online. Applicants will be asked to provide details such as where they are studying, a short expression of interest, a CV and two academic references.

Only applications made via the online application system will be accepted. Entries should be submitted online by 6th December 2017

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.

The judges' decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

Eligible countries

Low income economies

Burkina FasoHaitiSenegal
BurundiKorea, Dem Rep.Sierra Leone
Central African RepublicLiberiaSomalia
ChadMadagascarSouth Sudan
Congo, Dem. RepMaliTogo
Gambia, The

Lower-middle-income economies

BangladeshKenyaSão Tomé and Principe
BhutanKiribatiSolomon Islands
BoliviaKosovoSri Lanka
CambodiaKyrgyz RepublicSudan
CameroonLao PDRSwaziland
Cabo VerdeLesothoSyrian Arab Republic
Congo, Rep.MauritaniaTajikstan
Côte d'IvoireMicronesia, Fed. Sts.Timor-Leste
Egypt, Arab Rep.MoroccoUzbekistan
El SalvadorMyanmarVanuatu
GhanaNigeriaWest Bank and Gaza
GuatemalaPakistanYemen, Rep.
HondurasPapua New GuineaZambia

Upper-middle-income economies

AlbaniaEquatorial GuineaMontenegro
American SamoaGabonPanama
BelizeIran, Islamic Rep.Romania
Bosnia and HerzegovinaIraqSerbia
BotswanaJamaicaSouth Africa
BrazilKazakhstanSt Lucia
BulgariaLebanonSt Vincent and the Grenadines
ColombiaMacedonia, FYRThailand
Costa RicaMaldivesTurkey
DominicaMarshal IslandsTuvula
Dominican RepublicMexicoVenezuela, RB

Source: The World Bank "Country and lending groups" (2017)