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 6-consecutive weeks during the summer vacation period.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic all REP projects have been made available for remote working. In the event that we are back up and running by the time the REPs are due to start, we will look at the possibility of revising the remote working and have them hosted at their respective institutions.

Please see our Previous Research Experience Placements and read about their projects.


REP News

April 2020:
Applications for 2020 REP placements are now CLOSED. 


February 2020:
We are pleased to announce that NERC will be running the Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme again this year.


Funding is available for 4 placements in 2020.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic all REP projects have been made available for remote working. In the event that we are back up and running by the time the REPs are due to start, we will look at the possibility of revising the remote working and have them hosted at their respective institutions.

The REPs will provide a salary payment, paid at no less than the minimum wage rate. Hours per week may vary based on location, but the placement will cover 6 consecutive weeks at a maximum of 35 hours per week.

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 6 consecutive weeks The ideal start date beginning between the 1st and 6th July 2020, however this can be discussed.

Applications for the 2020 REPs are now closed.

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