diabetes uk

About Diabetes UK 

Diabetes UK’s Diabetes Research Steering Groups (DRSGs) have identified inequalities in research practice and that the research community in the UK is not representative of the general population highlighting a lack of representation of researchers from Black ethnic groups. To address this inequality in diabetes research and to foster the next generation of Black leaders in  our research, we have launched two new funding schemes for students from Black backgrounds in the UK as a positive action initiative. This initiative aims to encourage a diverse postgraduate research community and help to develop a more inclusive pipeline for future academics and university leaders. 

About the Summer Internship Programme 

Windsor Fellowship is working in partnership with Diabetes UK to run a 6-week internship programme, starting in 2025,  for students who are currently registered on a science undergraduate or Masters degree in the UK who are in their penultimate or final year of the course. This opportunity is also open to recent science graduates who would like to pursue scientific research in diabetes.  

The internship programme will offer students the opportunities to be based with supervisors in their locations. The programme will seek students from Black African, Black Caribbean and Mixed Black backgrounds and recruit up to five interns.    

Benefits of the Internship 

  • You will gain hands-on experience knowledge and skills from expert researchers in your chosen research area in the diabetes fields.
  • You will gain support in your postgraduate studies with the aim of encouraging a career in research.
  • You will receive expert mentorship and helpful advice for your career path from your sponsor. 
  • If shortlisted, you will have an opportunity to attend mock interviews and receive feedback which will enable you to acquire skills to perform competently for graduate level recruitment. 
  • You will receive a student salary based on the Real Living Wage 
  • You will have the opportunity to network with university staff who can provide a reference or recommendation letter for your future applications. 


Eligibility Criteria 

  • Students must have UK nationality and have ‘Home’ tuition fee status. 
  • Students must be UK domiciled. 
  • Students must be and self-identify as being from a Black background, including a mixed background i.e.: Black British, Black African, Black Caribbean, Black Other and Mixed Black background. 
  • Students should be registered on a science undergraduate or Masters degree in the UK and at the point of application should be in their penultimate or final year of the course.  
  • Recent science graduates (within the last three years) who would like to pursue scientific research in diabetes would also be eligible. 


Please contact the Diabetes UK office at research@diabetes.org.uk  to check your eligibility if you are an allied healthcare professional and would like to pursue a diabetes related research project. 

Register your interest here.