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Young Researchers

Applications for Young Researchers 2018 are now open!


We've partnered with the Brilliant Club to create the Year 11 Young Researchers programme: a perfect chance for budding academics to learn alongside a PhD student conducting real academic research.

As one of our Young Researchers, you will attend classes taught by PhD students undertaking cutting edge research at one of the world's best universities. You'll hear all about their studies and current projects, and supported by sessions with the Brilliant Club, you'll gain the skills needed to undertake an academic project of your very own.

For more information, check out our Year 11 Summer Programmes brochure.

Time Commitment

26th June 2018, 10:00am - 15:00pm

28th June 2018, 9:30am - 15:00pm

3rd July 2018, 9:30am - 13:00pm, plus an afternoon trip!

5th July 2018, 9:30am - 15:00pm

10th July 2018, 9:30am - 15:00pm

Who can apply?

There are 120 places on the programme for students who attend non-selective state schools in the UK, and who are identified by their teacher as highly able (expected to achieve five or more A or A*s/7-9 grades at GCSE).

We prioritise students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Will be the first generation in their family to attend university;
  • Come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education;
  • Are in, or have lived under local authority care;
  • Have parents from non-professional occupations;
  • Are currently eligible for free school meals;
  • Are from an ethnic group which is currently underrepresented at UCL.

 Our full criteria can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/wp/eligibility

Please note: as Young Researchers is non-residential programme, we will prioritise students who live in London

How to apply

Applications are now open!

To apply for the Young Researchers programme, please fill out our online application form.

Before you start:

  • This form will require details of your parent/guardian, so it is a good idea to complete the form with them nearby.
  • As part of your application, you will be asked to nominate a teacher who can provide a reference for you. Please speak with your teacher before putting their name and work contact details down.
  • You will be required to include a statement of 250 words telling us why you would like to take part in your chosen programme. It is a good idea to prepare this ahead of time.

Please note: Places for Young Researchers will be prioritised to students who live in London, or have attended the Horizons programme.

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