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Summer Research Experience Placement Scheme

Summer Placements for Undergraduate students who are considering a research career in the Environmental Sciences.

Overview IAPETUS2 are delighted to announce we will be running NERC’s Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme this summer, giving undergraduate students the opportunity to work within one of our universities or research institutes on an 8-week placement on an environmental sciences project. The REP scheme is intended:

  • to support placements for those from underrepresented demographic and diversity-related groups in environmental sciences

  • to allow the development of skills to enable students to apply for a PhD in environmental sciences.

As well as providing direct experience of the research environment, IAPETUS2 will support the career development of REP students by offering mentorship and career-development support. REP students will also be integrated within virtual events with our existing PhD students over the summer. If you successfully complete an REP with us, and subsequently apply for a PhD with us, you are guaranteed an interview for that PhD. Support for an 8-week placement will typically be £2,475. Please get in touch if you have any questions about the support we can provide to enable access to a placement. To Apply

  • Please note all projects listed to the right will be for 8 weeks in length, with flexibility for part-time working, and will take place over the summer of 2021. The agreed dates will be determined between IAPETUS2 and the applicant following offer.

  • Projects can be completed remotely if necessary to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.

  • If you are eligible to apply for a Research Experience Placement with IAPETUS2, please select a project from those listed to the right.

  • Submit a completed application form and your CV to by no later than Friday 28th May 2021. We will contact applicants about the outcomes in early June.

  • Complete the EDI form here.

Note that the EDI form is for monitoring purposes only and is NOT used to evaluate applicants to projects. Eligibility of students Students must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for a REP. The students must:

  • Be undertaking (but not completing this year) their first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters).

  • Be applying for a placement in a different department from the one where they are undertaking their undergraduate degree

  • Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding (Details of eligibility for PhD studentships can be found here).

Reporting The student and the project supervisor will be required to complete a brief report on the outcome of the placement. The REP Final Report Form will be sent to the supervisor and student during the second half of the project. Queries Any queries, please email ***Please note that by submitting your Research Experience Placement application to, you are giving consent for your application to be circulated to the Academic Directors of IAPETUS2 at each of the partner organisations for the purpose of shortlisting.***

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