Sanger Institute Prize Competition 2020

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 relevent 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

AfghanistanBeninBurkina Faso
BurundiCentral African RepublicChad
Congo, Dem. Rep.EritreaEthiopia
Gambia, TheGuineaGuinea-Bissau
HaitiKorea, Dem. People's Rep.Liberia
RwandaSierra LeoneSomalia
South SudanSyrian Arab RepublicTajikistan
Yemen, Rep.

Lower Middle Income Economies

BoliviaCabo VerdeCambodia
CameroonComorosCongo, Rep.
Côte d'IvoireDjiboutiEgypt, Arab Rep.
El SalvadorEswatiniGhana
KenyaKiribatiKyrgyz Republic
Lao PDRLesothoMauritania
Micronesia, Fed. Sts.MoldovaMongolia
NigeriaPakistanPapua New Guinea
PhilippinesSão Tomé and PrincipeSenegal
Solomon IslandsSudanTimor-Leste
VanuatuVietnamWest Bank and Gaza

Upper Middle Income Economies

AlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican Samoa
BelarusBelizeBosnia and Herzegovina
ChinaColombiaCosta Rica
CubaDominicaDominican Republic
EcuadorEquatorial GuineaFiji
GuatemalaGuyanaIran, Islamic Rep.
Marshall IslandsMauritiusMexico
North MacedoniaParaguayPeru
RomaniaRussian FederationSamoa
SerbiaSouth AfricaSri Lanka
St. LuciaSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesSuriname
TurkmenistanTuvaluVenezuela, RB