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Doctoral College

EPSRC Vacation Internships


Award details

The EPSRC Vacation Bursary Scheme provides funding for the most able undergraduate students to gain first-hand experience of research. These awards are supported through the University of Southampton’s EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership grant (DTP), and are allocated through a competitive tender.

The EPSRC Vacation Bursary scheme provides funding for the most able undergraduate students to gain first-hand experience of research. Recipients of the EPSRC Vacation Internship may receive up to 11 weeks of funding for salary at National Living Wage, as well as support for research consumables (£300 overall).

Projects may start at any time after 1 June 2022 and must be completed by the end of August 2022.

In order to be eligible for a Vacation Internship, students must:

  • be registered for a first degree in a subject that falls within EPSRC’s remit;
  • be in the penultimate year of their degree (2nd year for 3-year long degrees; 3rd year for 4-year long degrees); please note: students currently in their final year and who will have completed their degree in the summer are not eligible;
  • be able to fulfil EPSRC’s doctoral training grant eligibility requirement (here) at the end of their undergraduate degree.

​​​​​​​Every encouragement to apply is given to groups currently under-represented in engineering and physical sciences research. Please note external students from other universities are eligible as long as they meet the rest of the eligibility criteria.

Proposals should be led and submitted by the potential student’s supervisor during the bursary. Candidates are required to submit a complete application form (to the right) addressing the following points:

  • Student’s details.
  • A clear description of the project, including project overview (max 300 words), and objectives and fit to a larger-scale project (max 100 words); please note: the project must be within EPSRC's remit and must not be part of a normal degree course.
  • A statement from the student on what they would like to achieve during the placement (max 200 words).

This, along with the EDI Form, should be submitted to by 4pm on Thursday, 31 March 2022.

The application form, EDI form and further guidance is available below.

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