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 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 2018:
Applications are now open for our 2018 Research Experience Placement Scheme. Eligible undergraduates are invited to apply before Midnight 4th May for one of our three placements.


February 2018:
We are pleased to announce that NERC will be running the Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme for a nineth year. We are currently accepting placement submissions from academics within the DTP partner organisations, and will be advertising the 2018 REP projects to undergraduates shortly.


Funding is available for three placements in 2018.

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 5pm on the 23rd 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.

Available projects for 2018:

Project Title Supervisor(s) Institution
Building low cost camera systems for seabed surveys Dr Chris Yesson, Mr Stephen Long Institute of Zoology, IOZ
Inter annual variability in Greenland Albedo from Satellite Prof Julienne Stroeve Earth Sciences, UCL
How to approach complexity in environmental sciences: an agent-based simulation of the environment in the North-Eastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (China). Mr Mattia Mancini, Dr. James Millington Geography, KCL
Tackling xenobiotic resistance in agriculture: implications for nitrate leaching Dr Alexa Varah Nuffield Building, IOZ
Is this blob real? Resolution analysis of earthquake slip distributions using Bayesian inference techniques Dr Ana Ferreira, Dr Matthew Fox Earth Sciences, UCL
QB50: Can miniaturised sensors on CubeSats be used as Space Weather balloons to monitor the lower thermosphere? Dr Anasuya Aruliah, Professor Dhiren Kataria Physics & Astronomy, UCL
Applications for the 2018 REPs are now CLOSED.

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