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Information about applying for Science Insights

Science Insights 2024

Applications for Science Insights 2024, which will run from 22-26 July 2024, are now closed. 

If you have submitted an application we will be in touch via email by the end of May to let you know the outcome. 

Who can apply to Science Insights?

We will welcome your application to Science Insights if you are:

  • In your 5th year at a high school in Scotland 
  • Able to attend all five days of the Edinburgh-based programme: One full week from 10am to 5pm daily

Widening participation is at the heart of the University of Edinburgh’s agenda, so we work with the Widening Participation team to ensure places are assigned to students from a range of social, cultural and educational backgrounds.

We realise that not everyone has the same ability to access our programme and we are looking into ways to support pupils who may have difficulties accessing Science Insights. There are questions about access in the application form, and if you think you will have any difficulties taking part in the programme, please tell us. It will not count against you in your application and we will try to help all successful applicants to access the programme, as far as we can.

You can also get in touch with us before you apply if you have any questions about accessing the programme - email or fill out our contact form. 

How do we decide who gets a place on Science Insights?

Places on Science Insights are limited and we can only judge your application on the information you include on your application form.

We are looking for applications that tell us a bit about you, and show that you are:

  • Enthusiastic about and interested in biological, biomedical and/or animal science research
  • Curious, keen to learn and ask questions

We also want to hear about:

  • Why you are applying for Science Insights 
  • What you hope to get out of attending Science Insights 
  • What aspect of the Science Insights programme you're most excited about


We appreciate that you may be applying to multiple summer programmes. From experience, we know that you will get the most out of Science Insights if you fully commit to it.

If you are lucky enough to be offered a place on more than one programme, please think carefully about which one you would find most useful, and only accept a place on one. This also means that a place can be offered to someone else, who will definitely appreciate it!