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).

Placements will be for 8 – 10 consecutive weeks during the summer vacation period.

See previous Research Experience Placements and read about their projects.


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.

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.

Funding is available for two placements in 2019.

Each REP project will receive:

  • £200 a week to the undergraduate student to cover travel expenses;
  • Up to £500 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 midnight on 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.

REP projects for 2019 will be advertised to undergraduates in April.

Applications for the 2019 REPs will open to undergraduates in April. If you are an academic at a DTP department and you would like to submit a proposal to host a REP student, please complete our host application form.

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