Undergraduate 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 discipalines 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).

Placements will be for 8 consecutive weeks during the summer vacation period.

See previous Research Experience Placements and read about their projects.


REP News

April 2019:
Applications are now open for our 2019 Research Experience Placement Scheme. Eligible undergraduates are invited to apply before Midnight 5th May for the placement.


February 2019:
We are pleased to announce that NERC will be running the Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme again this year. We are currently accepting placement submissions from academics within the DTP partner organisations, and will be advertising the 2019 REP projects to undergraduates in April.


Funding is available for one placement in 2019.

The REPs will provide a salary, paid at no less than the minimum wage rate. The hourly rate may differ depending on the location of the placement, as employment procedures and processes will vary at each institution. Hours per week may vary based on location, but the placement will be over 8 consecutive weeks.

Supervisors may wish to find funds to top up cost in salary, and/or, for a Research and Training Support Grant (RTSG) if the project requires it. Total funding for individual REPs will be capped and any additional costs incurred by the host organisation must be met from within research budgets.

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).
  • Be available for 8 consecutive weeks, beginning between the 1st and 8th July 2019

Applications are now open for one 8-week placement in the summer of 2019. See the available projects for 2019 below:

Project Title Supervisor(s) Institution
Dynamics of earthquakes in heterogeneous stress fields Dr Nicolas Brantut Earth Sciences, UCL
Modelling environmental and economic impacts of agricultural management practices Prof Ken Norris Nuffield Building, IOZ
Using Palaeofire response models to assess the role of fire in a future warmer world Dr Daniele Colombaroli Geography, RHUL

Applications for the 2019 REPs are now OPEN. You can see the full list of projects available here. 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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