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Dr Bessie Lawrence Summer Science Institute Applications 2023 (Yr13) - Now Open

The Dr Bessie Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI) is a unique opportunity for Year 13 (aged 18) students to spend a month working as part of a research team alongside leading scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

As well as getting the chance to conduct real scientific experiments, students produce reports and present their findings to their peers before spending a week in a field school where they experience the diverse ecosystems, wildlife, and archaeology of the region.

Outside of lab time, students get the opportunity to visit different parts of the region including Jerusalem and the North of Israel whilst forging lifelong friendships with over 80 like-minded participants.

With thanks to generous philanthropists, each year Weizmann UK has ten scholarship funded places for UK students to participate in the ISSI programme. However we do ask students to give a minimum contribution of £600 towards flights and Insurance or the programme itself if virtual.

Read our guest blogs on what it is like to be on the programme from 2019 participants Ismay Forsyth and Jack Baum, as well as Michael Flynn, who participated in the 2021 virtual programme.

To see examples of projects completed by past participants click here.

Applications for ISSI 2023 are now open click here to apply! The deadline for applications is Monday 13 February 2023.

To find out if you are eligible and for more details please email

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