UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences


Summer scholarships

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.

EPSRC Undergraduate Vacation Bursaries

These awards, supported by EPSRC, provide funding to enable undergraduate students, within the Faculty of MAPS to carry out a research project over the summer break under the supervision of a UCL academic. Funding is in the form of a weekly bursary.

Applications will be reviewed by the studentship committee, chaired by Dr Steven Schofield (s.schofield@ucl.ac.uk) and candidates will be informed of the outcome.

Further information on the Scheme, including eligibility requirements, how to apply, and proposal criteria, can be found on the EPSRC Vacation Bursaries Webpage.

International Students Dean's Summer Student Scholarships

*UPDATE in March 2021: We are sorry to have to announce that the scheme has been cancelled for the second year in a row. Therefore, the award will not be offered in summer 2021, due to Covid-19 restrictions and limitations in travel. We are doing our best to resume the scheme in summer 2022*.

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.

A few scholarships are available for summer 2020 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 Friday April 17th 2020.  The exact dates of the stay are not fixed but the student must be present at UCL on Tuesday August 25th 2020 on which there will be a day of talks.

Chemistry: Dr Kerstin Sander k.sander@ucl.ac.uk
Earth Sciences: Prof. Eric Oelkers e.oelkers@ucl.ac.uk
Mathematics: Prof. Frank Smith frank@math.ucl.ac.uk
Physics and Astronomy: Prof. Mario Campanelli m.campanelli@ucl.ac.uk
Space and Climate Physics: Prof. Silvia Zane s.zane@ucl.ac.uk
Statistical Science: Prof. Tom Fearn t.fearn@ucl.ac.uk

Other options

There are other department-specific options available. Most departments have some departmental funds to cover a few summer students. There are other means to get funding, such as the Royal Astronomical Society. In the first instance, contact your department's undergraduate tutor for information about options in your chosen field.