ASB Internships

The Astrobiology Society of Britain can provide financial support for undergraduate research internships in the UK that fall within the field of astrobiology. Internships offer valuable research experience and provide a window into potential career paths.

Details of current astrobiology-related researchers and research groups across the UK are listed on our website. Each entry describes a group’s research interests and provides contact details. 

Applying for an Internship

If you are interested in an astrobiology internship, please first contact a researcher from the list above directly. You should have some idea of what your internship project would involve, but should discuss this in detail with the potential host. Funding is only available for those studying at UK institutions who will be hosted at a UK institution. The host could be the student’s home institution.

Once a researcher/research group has agreed to host an internship, the applicant should prepare a research proposal in collaboration with the host. 

The proposal should contain the following information as agreed with the host and should not exceed one A4 page in total:

  • Name of applicant
  • Current degree and institution
  • Name of Host researcher and institution
  • Expected start date of internship
  • Expected length of internship
  • Justification of resources
  • Proposal summary (1-2 sentences)
  • Proposal detail

Proposals will be judged on their scientific merit by the ASB committee and the selected proposals will receive up to £1000 to cover travel, accommodation, subsistence and any associated research costs (e.g lab consumables or required hourly wage). We encourage applicants to seek other sources of funding to cover additional costs, and will support these applications. No preference will be given to longer or shorter internships, but costs should be justified according to the length.

**UPDATE: Unfortunately there will be no internship funding opportunity in 2022 due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic, but we are hoping that the funding application will be available again in 2023.