Axol Science Scholarship

$1000 award for life-science undergraduate and graduate students

2016/17 Scholarship Summary

Axol Bioscience is excited to offer future life scientists the opportunity to receive $1000 in funding for any life science related degree program.

The deadline for the Axol Science Scholarship 2016/17 has passed.  For updates from Axol about upcoming travel awards and scholarships please follow us on social media or register your interest by contacting us here.

Applications for the 2017/18 Axol Science Scholarship will open in the Summer of 2017.  Sign up here to receive an email notification.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for a graduate or undergraduate degree (BSc or higher) for the 16/17 academic year at a recognised university
  • The degree program / research area must be in a life science field with a 'wet-lab' component (bench-based research such as molecular or cell biology); medicine, veterinary and pharmacy students are not eligible
  • Open worldwide

How to apply

Please submit the following:

  • Your resume/CV, including undergraduate transcripts/grades
  • Written confirmation from a recognised university of enrolment or acceptance to a life science-related degree program
  • An original article of between 1000 and 2000 words written by you on a topical life-science subject, for example “The Future Application of Stem Cell Technologies in Neuroscience Research".  See the 'article guidelines' below for more information about what we are looking for.

Article guidelines

The submitted article can be based on primary research, however it should not be an already published piece of work (to avoid copyright issues) and it should not be a project proposal.  It should be something that would suit a science blog, so an engaging editorial / review-type piece with figures/images is favourable.  It should be at least 1000 words long.  If it is newsworthy or relating to something currently in the popular press it may appeal to a wider group of people.

Frequently asked article questions

"Is my thesis proposal suitable for the article?"
" Is a project proposal suitable for the article?"

A thesis or project proposal isn't appropriate as it isn't an editorial article.

"Can I use a paper I have recently published?"
You cannot use a paper as this is published work and there may be copyright issues.  A review of several publications however would be acceptable.

"Does the article have to be based on my own research?"
"Does the article have to be related to products that Axol sells?"

No to both; the article can be based on any life-science subject.

"I already have my PhD, can I apply?"
"I have just submitted my thesis, can I apply?"

In order to be eligible you must be registered with your institution as a PhD, Masters or undergraduate student for the 16/17 academic year.  If you are awarded your PhD or degree before June 30th you will not be eligible for the award.

"Can medical students apply?"
To be eligible you must be studying for a life-science degree.  Medical, veterinary and pharmacy disciplines are not eligible for this award.

"Can I apply for this and your travel awards?"
Yes, there is no restriction on the number of awards we offer that you can apply for. 

"Is there any fee or payment required?"
No.  We never ask for any money or credit card details.

Selection process

Selection is based 50% on academic achievement and 50% on the article submitted; we are looking for an original piece with scientific interest.  The winner’s article will be published on the Axol blog.
One scholarship is available for 2016/17

Privacy and general terms

  • Once the selection process has completed your application information will not be retained
  • We will not pass on your information or any of your application to any third parties
  • No fee is required for the scholarship application
  • There are no restrictions on how this money can be used by the recipient
  • The decision from the Axol Scholarship Committee is final
  • Proof of identity may be required
  • It is the recipients responsibility to inform the appropriate academic office that you have received the award (often outside awards must be disclosed to your admissions office)
  • The award will be paid to your institute or department for disbursement to you

Axol Science Scholarship 2016 Recipient

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the Axol Science Scholarship 2016 is Nataly Martynyuk, a PhD candidate working on "Actions of alpha-chimaerins in mechanisms relevant to dendritic spine formation and neurodegeneration" at the Brain Repair Centre, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge.   Read Nataly's blog on the Axol Incubator.

Vindicating the Cells That Make us Human
by Nataly Martynyuk

read blog

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