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Summer scholarships

Note: Summer scholarships for 2014 are now closed. Information about the 2015 scheme will be posted nearer the time.

Deciding what career you would like to do following your undergraduate degree is always difficult. If you are considering doing a PhD then the best way to find out if this is for you is to obtain a summer placement within a research group.

Research themes across the departments in the MAPS Faculty include understanding the molecular and physical basis of life processes, the natural environment (e.g. predicting earthquakes and hurricanes), probing the origins of the universe, applying nanoscale technology to medical technology.

Dean's Summer Student Scholarships are available for international students to spend a 2 month period carrying out research in the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS Dean's Summer Student Scholarships

Five scholarships are available for summer 2014 to cover a 2 month stay in a research group of your choice. International travel will also be covered.  Please apply to the department of your choice by sending a CV and covering letter to the contact listed below (put 'Dean's Summer Student Scholarship' in the subject of the email).  The deadline for applications is Fri April 25th 2014.  The exact dates of the stay are not fixed but the student must be present at UCL on Aug 4th 2014 on which there will be a day of talks.

Chemistry: Dr. James R. Baker j.r.baker@ucl.ac.uk
Earth Sciences: Dr Graham Shields g.shields@ucl.ac.uk
Mathematics: Prof. Frank Smith frank@math.ucl.ac.uk
Physics and Astronomy: Dr. Dan Browne d.browne@ucl.ac.uk
Space and Climate Physics: Dr. Silvia Zane sz@mssl.ucl.ac.uk
Statistical Science: Prof. Tom Fearn t.fearn@ucl.ac.uk

UK STUDENTS The best way to apply is to contact an academic member of staff as early on in the year as possible. Most departments have some departmental funds to cover a few summer students. There are other means to get funding including;

If you're interested in the fields of astronomy or geophysics then the Royal Astronomical Society can provide funding. The supervisor will normally apply for these, so contact an academic staff member. These grants are for 3rd and 4th year students, and the deadline for application is February.

The Nuffield foundation has links to other funders of undergraduate research bursaries. The deadline for these is normally February, and your supervisor must apply on your behalf so make contact with an academic staff member early. You must not be in your final year for these awards.