Undergraduate research bursaries

Closing Date
19 Apr 2022

Undergraduate research bursaries aim to give students dementia research experience and to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research.

Please note our research funding programme is currently paused. To find out more about the impact of coronavirus on our funding programme going forward and on our current grant holders, read our full statement.

We hope that these short projects will inspire the next generation of dementia researchers who will go on to benefit people affected by dementia with their work.

Further information here: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/research/researchers/our-funding-schemes/undergraduate-research-bursaries


A stipend of £200 per week can be requested for up to eight weeks (maximum £1600). Up to £500 can be claimed towards project expenses.


  • The host institution must be within the UK.
  • All students must be registered at a UK institution for the majority of their undergraduate degree.
  • Students must be in the middle years (i.e. 2/3, 2/4 or 3/4) of their degree when commencing the studentship.
  • Applications from medical students and allied healthcare professional students are welcomed.
  • Applications on behalf of first- or final-year undergraduates, or graduates, will not be considered.
  • Applicants who have had the opportunity to undertake research are not eligible to apply e.g. those who have done an intercalated BSc.
  • Bursaries will not be awarded for projects that are a part of degree work or expeditions, or that take place overseas.

Applications should demonstrate: 

  • Research projects that have a clearly defined objective which is achievable by the student in the time available. 
  • Projects which give scope for thought and initiative on the part of the student and do not use the student as a general assistant. 
  • Students are expected to achieve a 1st or 2.1 degree, who are considering a career in research, but who have not yet had an opportunity to experience research.


Applications can be made for research projects which fit within our funding remit, which is organised into two streams:

How to apply

Applications should be made by the prospective supervisor. Students wishing to undertake a project in dementia research should contact their prospective host institution/supervisor. 

Apply now

Before you apply

1. Check the closing dates for our research grants.

2. We require all applicants to read our applicant guidance before applying. Applications that do not follow the guidance are likely to be rejected.

3. Every application received will be reviewed by people affected by dementia. Read our top tips for grant applicants from our lay reviewers.

Due to the continued impact of the pandemic, we anticipate opening our funding schemes to applications in late 2021 or early 2022 and will provide further information here as it becomes available

Alzheimer's Society offers researchers the opportunity to work with people affected by dementia, carers and former carers to develop their grant application prior to submitting an application for funding.

Working with our Research Network

We encourage applicants to involve people affected by dementia, such as members of our Research Network, in developing their application and carrying out their research.

Previous examples include inviting Research Network volunteers to their lab and presenting their work or asking for help in designing part of the project - such as a questionnaire. 

Every year we hold an Undergraduate event in London to give our funded students the opportunity to present their projects to each other, their supervisors, Research Network volunteers and Society staff. 

Contact Details

Please contact our grants team at grantenquiries@alzheimers.org.uk