Summer Projects

UCL is offering undergraduate students who are interested in mathematical research the opportunity to do a summer project under the guidance of a member of our department.

These projects are especially beneficial for students who are considering doing a PhD and want to get a better understanding of what doing mathematical research entails. We try to ensure a reasonable gender balance in each cohort of students.

Academic Year 2018-19

Students should be in their intermediate years (i.e. not in their first or last year). The project usually lasts 6-8 weeks and will take place between the end of the exam period and the start of the new academic year.


Interested students should directly contact the staff member who they are interested in working with about the possibility of doing a summer project with them.

Funding options

There are several funding options for such a project:

  1. LMS Undergraduate Research Bursaries
    The Mathematics Department is eligible for up to 4 bursaries jointly funded by the LMS and the department, so up to 4 students could be awarded these bursaries.
    The scheme is now open to applications. Departmental deadline: Friday 25th of January 2019. (Submit to e.burman@ucl.ac.uk)
  2. EPSRC Undergraduate Vacation Bursaries
    These EPSRC Undergraduate Vacation Bursaries are administered by UCL on behalf of the EPSRC.
    The scheme is currently closed to applications.
    Approximate deadline for 2019: 20th March 2019
  3. International students Dean's Summer Student Scholarships
    These scholarships are for international students only. They usually cover a 2 month stay and include international travel.
    Please note, the exact dates of the stay are not fixed but the student must be present at UCL on Friday 17th August 2018 on which there will be a day of talks.

    For further details regarding this scheme, please contact Professor Frank Smith (email: f.smith AT ucl.ac.uk).

    The scheme is currently closed to applications.
    Approximate deadline for 2019: Friday 19th April 2019

Further information

For questions about the application procedures and/or about the different funding options please contact Professor Erik Burman (email: e.burman AT ucl.ac.uk).