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.
There are several schemes for doing this.
- EPSRC Undergraduate Vacation Bursaries
- International Students Dean's Summer Student Scholarships
- Other options
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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 email@example.com
Earth Sciences: Prof. Eric Oelkers firstname.lastname@example.org
Mathematics: Prof. Frank Smith email@example.com
Physics and Astronomy: Prof. Mario Campanelli firstname.lastname@example.org
Space and Climate Physics: Prof. Silvia Zane email@example.com
Statistical Science: Prof. Tom Fearn firstname.lastname@example.org
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.