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.


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.


April 2016:

Applications are now closed for the 2016 REPs, please check back next spring for more opportunities.

Each REP will be for a minimum of eight weeks (and a maximum of ten weeks) over the summer vacation period. Funding of £200 per week is offered to the student, plus a contribution towards the research expenses of the host department.

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.

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Applications for the 2017 REPs will open in Spring 2017.

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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