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StAR Summer Research Internships


The purpose of this initiative is to provide support for high calibre undergraduate students to conduct a research project at RCSI during the summer. The best performing students would be eligible to apply for the ongoing RCSI StAR PhD programme and other funded PhD programmes. 


RCSI has been at the forefront of educating healthcare professionals since 1784. Today we are Ireland's only focused health sciences institution, Ireland's largest medical school and one of the leading health sciences institutions in the world. Based in Dublin, with students from over 80 countries and four overseas campuses, RCSI has a global reach through our network of Alumni in 97 countries. RCSI has been ranked among the top 2% of universities worldwide in the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and joint second out of the nine institutions in the Republic of Ireland. RCSI's performance in the rankings is linked in particular to the College's research strength and it is ranked first in Ireland for publication citations and has a field-weighted citation impact (2.06) that is twice the world average. RCSI's Strategic Academic Recruitment (StAR) Programme is an ambitious initiative to accelerate the delivery of innovative, impactful research to improve human health through innovative translational medical research.


  • Opportunity for an international research placement as part of your undergraduate training in a world class institution
  • Potential to apply for RCSI's ongoing StAR PhD programme
  • Potential to apply for additional funded PhD programmes (e.g. Government of Ireland Postgraduate Training Programme) 


Eligible students must be entering the final year of their undergraduate degree programme in basic science/health sciences after completion of the internship and will have a clear plan to pursue a PhD. Students can be from any country in the world, there are no restrictions on nationality.

Extent of Funding

Students will receive a €2000 stipend and paid accommodation in Dublin city centre will be provided for 8 weeks commencing June 2019. Travel costs are not included and non-EU students will also require a Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card and appropriate visa. Assistance in obtaining both for successful applicants will be provided. 

Application process 

Students must submit completed application forms here. Applicants should detail academic progress to date, including class rank, CV/Resume and a brief motivational statement describing your career plans. Applicants should also list their chosen research project in order of preference (1-10). Details of available research projects can be found here. The application form for this programme can be found here


Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, 25 January 2019. Successful candidates will be notified by mid February 2019.


For informal enquires or questions about the application process please contact