Undergraduate NERC Research Experience Placements (REPs)

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NERC recognises that there is a shortage of individuals with quantitative skills coming into environmental science. The REP scheme aims to address this shortage by offering funding to support summer placements for undergraduate students studying quantitative disciplines outside NERC remit, during which they will undertake research within the environmental sciences.

These placements are intended to encourage these students to consider a career in environmental science. As such, the scheme is restrictive in terms of student eligibility and is not open to students already studying within NERC’s science remit (see further details on eligibility).

See previous Research Experience Placements and read about their projects.


April 2017:

Applications are now open for our 2017 Research Experience Placement Scheme. Eligible undergraduates are invited to apply before Midnight 2nd May for one of our three placements.


February 2017:

We are pleased to announce that NERC will be running the Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme for an eighth year. We are currently accepting placement submissions from the DTP partner organisations, and will be advertising the 2017 REP projects shortly.

Funding is available for 3 placements in 2017.

Each REP project will receive:

  • Funding for 8 – 10 weeks over the summer vacation period;
  • £200 a week to the undergraduate student to cover travel expenses;
  • A contribution towards the research expenses incurred by the host organisation;

Students are subject to eligibility criteria to be able to apply for NERC REPs.

Students must:

  • Be studying for a degree in a quantitative discipline (e.g. mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering, physics);
  • Be undertaking the placement in a different department to their undergraduate degree;
  • Be in the middle of their first degree studies (or integrated Masters);
  • Be expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree;
  • Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding (UK, EU or have the right to remain in the UK status).

We would like to invite REP project submissions from academic colleagues within the DTP partner institutions. If you would like to be considered to be a host for an undergraduate student project, please complete our REP Project Submission form, no later than the 24th March.

REP projects submitted by the deadline will be considered, and a subset of the most suitable projects will be advertised to eligible undergraduates around the country.

We have three REP projects available this year.

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7 Dr Mark Mulligan Geography KCL Microclimate Monitoring of Green Roofs in London using Low Cost Sensors to Evaluate Contribution to Climate Change Adaptation Dr Bruce Main Geography KCL
8 Dr Robin Freeman Indicators and Assessments Unit IOZ Automatically identifying, prioritizing and extracting global biodiversity information
9 Dr Jinliang Wang Institute of Zoology IOZ Is population differentiation underestimated by Fst in practice?


Applications for the 2017 REPs are now OPEN. Please complete our short form below to apply for a REP project.

Research Experience Placements - Application Form
Students who have just finished their final year are not eligible to apply.
Only one application per project can be made. If you wish to apply for another project listed you will need to complete a separate application form.
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If the project is in the same discipline/department as your degree you will not be eligible for this REP placement.
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