Summer research

University Level Research Programmes

UCL students are welcome to submit applications directly via the host institution' website. Students may be eligible for scholarships from the UCL Study Abroad team, please visit the funding page for more info.

Simon Fraser University MITACS Globalink Research Award

Simon Fraser University (SFU) is pleased to invite qualified students  to submit an application to the SFU-Mitacs Globalink Research Award (GRA) program Round 2 Application. The Mitacs GRA program provides $6000 to senior undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to conduct 12-24-week research projects at SFU. A few highlights of the program include:

6 research projects available in the Faculty of Applied Science and Beedie School of Business for Round 2 application CAD $6000 in funding

  • CAD $6000 in funding
  •  Research internships starting in May 2020 for 12-24 weeks
  • Guaranteed SFU on-campus housing from May to August

Eligibility requirements, available projects and application process can be found on our website  https://www.sfu.ca/globalink-research-award.html.

The application deadline is December 4th 2020.

ETH Zurich Summer Fellowship

The Computer Science Department at ETH Zurich offers a summer research fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students. The program is committed to increasing diversity in the computer science area and the programme is open to all students. The programme offers students:

  • Research experience: fellows will pursue a research project that aligns with a chosen area of their interest as part of a research group in our department. This includes interacting and collaborating with group members
  • Networking and socialising: a number of on-site socialising events will help fellows to get to know people outside their respective research groups, including current ETH students at both undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Stipend: fellows will receive a monthly allowance to cover housing and living expenses. Travel and visa expenses will be covered as well.
  • Accommodation: assistance is provided for finding affordable housing during the research stay, once a candidate is accepted into the programme. ETH will also provide information regarding visa applications (where required).

    For more information visit the ETH Zurich Summer Fellowship website.

University of Melbourne Study Abroad Research

The University of Melbourne has developed a programme to support visiting international students undertaking research opportunities. Known as study abroad research, students with a University of Melbourne academic willing to act as their supervisor can spend 3-12 months at Melbourne and complete a period of non-award research. 

Please note that current UCL students can only take a short period of research over the (UK) summer vacation period so the research attachment does not affect their programme of study.

For more information visit the University of Melbourne Study Abroad Research website.

Amgen Scholars

Every year, the Amgen Scholars Europe Programme provides 75 selected undergraduate students throughout Europe with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of Europe’s premier educational institutions. Currently, five institutions in Europe host the summer research programme. The Amgen Foundation has committed $74 million over sixteen years to this global initiative to make the opportunity possible for thousands of students.

As Amgen Scholars, students will have the opportunity to:

Take part in important university research projects, gain hands-on lab experience, and contribute to the advancement of science; Interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors, including some of Europe’s top academic scientists; and Participate in engaging scientific seminars, workshops, and other networking events.


For more information visit the Amgen Scholars website.

University of Tokyo Amgen Scholars Program 2020

The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) will provide hands-on laboratory experience to undergraduate students through the Amgen Scholars Program 2019. The objective of the program is to provide undergraduate students, who are committed to or who are considering a career in biology or related sciences and planning to continue to graduate studies, with eight weeks of biomedical research experience in the basic and translational sciences. 

Research experiences will be provided by faculty members of the Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and the Institute of Industrial Science. By the end of the summer experience, students are expected to have acquired knowledge and skills for conducting research. The students are also expected to extend their international friendship through the collaborative experiences. These experiences will help the students to develop future collaborations in many situations.

In addition to working full time in the laboratory for eight weeks, the program features:

Visits to Graduate Schools and Institutes related to biomedical research Information sessions on how to apply to Graduate Schools at UTokyo Special seminars and luncheons where students can meet and have discussions Access to UTokyo campus facilities such as the Library, Health Care Center and Gymnasium


  • 8th of June - 3rd of August 2020 in Tokyo
  • 6th of August - 8th of Augst 2020 Symposium in Singapore

Tuition Fees: Each Amgen Scholar will receive a stipend to cover their return travel and living expenses in addition to paid accommodation.

Application and eligibility Requirements: Click on the 'About the Program' tab on the prospective students information page.

For more information visit the University of Tokyo Amgen Scholars website.

ETH Zurich Amgen Scholars Programme 2020

ETH Zurich offers scholarships for a summer research stay within the Amgen Scholars Program. The programme applies to students studying for a Bachelor’s degree at a European university.

The ten-week programme covers nine weeks of intensive research in a state-of-the art laboratory in Zurich or Basel. Working as part of a research team, you will have the opportunity to interact with leading scientists and doctoral students. A closing highlight of the programme is the joint symposium for all European Amgen Scholars in Cambridge, UK. In addition to conducting hands-on research, as an Amgen Scholar at ETH you will attend workshops and events offering both insights into state-of-the art research and the opportunity to learn cross-cutting skills such as communication, scientific writing and intercultural skills. 


  • 6 July until 4 September 2020 at ETH Zurich
  •  5 until 9 September 2020 Symposium at University of Cambridge, UK

Tuition Fees: Amgen Scholars at ETH Zurich will receive a stipend of CHF 4,000 to cover housing and living expenses.

Deadline: 3rd of February 2020

For more information visit the ETH Zurich Amgen Scholars website.

Chinese University of Hong Kong Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) provides an opportunity for international undergraduate students to undertake research attachments for eight weeks. Students will conduct research under the supervision of a CUHK faculty member. 

Over 70 research projects are offered, across eight different subject areas. As part of the application, students must indicate which research projects they are interested in taking. The list of projects can be found here.

Please note that applications from all overseas undergraduate students are welcome but that priority will be given to the senior students. Applicants should include examples of their past research experience and demonstrate the ability to conduct research in their application. 

Dates: tbc for 2020

Tuition Fees: No tuition will be charged. Participants will only have to pay an administration fee (HK$1,800) and an accommodation fee (HK$7,650) for on-campus housing (optional).

For more information visit the SURP website.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Summer Research Internship Program

The SJTU Summer Research Internship Program aims to promote international research collaboration and enhance of the academic environment at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. It offers top undergraduate students from around the world the opportunity to spend a summer studying at world-class research laboratories, side-by-side with prominent research professors. It will prepare undergraduate students for further study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. 

In addition, participants will develop their research skills by enjoying lectures with topics such as “How to Write a Research Essay”, “How to Cooperate in a Project”,etc.  Participants will also learn about Chinese language and culture, enhancing their intercultural awareness and communication. 

Dates: 9th of July -21st August 2020

Tuition Fee: 8000 RMB is waived for successful applicants from UCL. A non-refundable 400RMB application fee is required though. Outstanding applicants may also be offered a scholarship by SJTU.

For more information visit the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Summer Research Internship Program website.


University of Tokyo Summer Internship Programme 2020 UTSIP Kashiwa

UTSIP Kashiwa, initiated by the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (GSFS) in 2013, provides hands-on research internship opportunities in the fields of natural sciences and social sciences. In addition, the six-week programme offers lectures from world-leading researchers at GSFS.

All participants will be assigned to a laboratory in which he/she is interested to work and will conduct a research project under the guidance of a faculty member or senior graduate students. Participants will also experience Japanese culture and world-leading Japanese technology through weekend events and a field trip.

Dates: 1st of June - 10th of July 2020

Online-application deadline: 17:00 (Tokyo time) on February 3, 2020.


For more information visit the UTSIP website.

École Polytechnique Research Opportunities

This program gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to carry out a three to six month research project at École Polytechnique. 

Funding is also available from École Polytechnique to cover living costs on campus for the duration of the project.

A list of the available projects and application instructions can be found on the École Polytechnique website. As part of the application, a nomination letter will be required from UCL. To obtain a nomination letter, please email the Study Abroad team. 

If you have any further questions about the programme, please contact Dr. Elena Murè or Leyna Tabary at École Polytechnique via internship-international@polytechnique.fr.

Hudson Institute Political Studies Summer Fellowship 

Hudson Institute Political Studies offers undergraduates a fellowship in political thought and public policy held in the summer in Washington D.C.

Accepted students receive a $3,000 stipend and complimentary housing.

Seminars comprise of rigorous discussions led by master teachers on week-long topics in political theory and public policy, meeting weekday mornings for three hours. Students read Machiavelli, Plato, Montesquieu, The Federalist, Lincoln, Tocqueville, Shakespeare, and more. Policy workshops are Interactive simulations led by think tank and government experts in which students engage the policymaking process. Research, debate, decide.

Please see below the leaflet for more information


University of British Columbia Visiting International Research Students (VIRS)

UBC is a hub for outstanding researchers from around the world and welcomes visiting international research students (VIRS) to participate in a short-term period of research at the undergraduate or graduate level. 

Please note that it is the responsibility of the individual applicant to identify, contact, and obtain approval from a UBC faculty member who will be their VIRS supervisor.

Programme Fee: $415

For more information visit the VIRS website.


Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology: Tokyo Tech Summer Program

Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) offers a research-oriented program for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue individual research projects under Tokyo Tech faculty supervision.  In addition, participants will have opportunities to learn about Japanese culture while experiencing life in one of the most exciting and technologically-advanced cities in the world.

Dates: 4th June - 8th August 2019

Tuition Fee: 50,000 JPY (programme fee)

A limited number of qualified students will also receive a JASSO or Tokyo Tech Fund scholarship.

For more information visit the Tokyo Tech Summer Program website.

University of Tokyo Research Internship Programme (UTRIP)

UTRIP is an intensive summer research programme targeted at undergraduates who have a keen interest in pursuing a postgraduate degree in the future. During the programme, participants receive intensive instruction and guidance on conducting research from renowned faculty members belonging to the Graduate School of Science's five departments of physics, astronomy, chemistry, earth & planetary science, and biological sciences. The program is open to students who are currently enrolled in the second or a later year at an accredited college or university outside of Japan, and who are majoring in a natural science or related field. Students participating in the program who are highly evaluated by the faculty members will be given priority for receiving the Graduate School of Science Scholarship for International Students (GSS Scholarship) when applying for admission to the GSS in the future. The program also includes an excursion outside of Tokyo as well as a short course on the Japanese language and culture. 

UTRIP is a gateway to pursuing an advance degree and experiencing academic life at UTokyo. 

Dates: 13th June - 24th July 2019

Tuition Fee: Full financial support is provided. Please see the UTRIP website for details.

For more information visit the UTRIP website.

Institut Pasteur Amgen Scholars Programme 2019

Institut Pasteur is a non-profit private foundation dedicated to research, public health and teaching. Still true to humanist ideals of Louis Pasteur, the institute stands at the forefront of innovative research against infectious diseases. The institute in Paris is also the center of an international network of 32 institutes located on every continent.

Amgen Scholars will have the opportunity to conduct mentor-guided research during 8 weeks in one of the 120 laboratories on the multidisciplinary campus offering cutting edge training in a large variety of topics covering Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Structural Biology, Virology, Parasitology, Mycology, Applied Mathematics for Biology, Infectiology, Imaging, Neurosciences, Developmental Biology and Systems Biology. Each student will have the opportunity to interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors, interact with young researchers, attend scientific seminars and journal clubs.

Scholars will be housed in private rooms in a student residence in Paris (Cité Internationale Universitare de Paris) with easy access to public transportation and a wide variety of cultural activities.

Scholars will receive a total stipend of € 1500 to cover living expenses.  In addition, Scholars will have a subsidized access to the Institut Pasteur cafeteria for lunch during week days.

Non-local Scholars may claim up to €400 as travel expenses for their travel to Paris. To receive the reimbursement of travel expenses, students will need to provide original receipts and validated boarding passes.

Dates: 1st July - 4th September 2019 (deadline 1st February 2019)

For more information visit the Institut Pasteur Amgen Scholars website.

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Amgen Scholars Programme 2019

Amgen Scholars at LMU Munich will engage in 9 weeks of intensive laboratory research in cooperation with the clinics, centers, departments and institutes at the LMU, the Helmholtz Center, the Technical University, the Max-Planck Institutes of Biochemistry, Neurobiology and Psychiatry, offering a unique academic and scientific life-science environment with renowned institutions and world-leading researchers.

Up to 15 undergraduates will be exposed to cutting-edge science and conduct mentor-guided, hands-on research in the fields of Biochemistry, Cell/Developmental/Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Medicine and Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Cancer Research, Plant Sciences, and Proteomics, many of which routinely link to translational approaches. Lectures and professional workshops offer insight into state-of-the-art research topics, related issues such as bioethics, poster design, abstract writing, and scientific career paths. The program begins with the traditional Orientation Retreat in the scenic Bavarian mountains, where scholars are introduced to LMU site staff, affiliated faculty, and relevant research topics. At the end of the program, students present their posters to the research community in Munich and at the Amgen Scholars European Symposium hosted at the University of Cambridge.

LMU Munich is one of the foremost research universities in Europe, with an over 500-year history. Twenty-six Nobel Prize winners, including Conrad Roentgen, Werner Heisenberg, and most recently, Gerhard Ertl, are among the numerous LMU researchers who have received prestigious awards for groundbreaking work. Boasting the largest number of international students in Germany, LMU Munich actively promotes academic diversity and provides a rich environment for fostering international research partnerships and networks. The third largest city in Germany also has much to offer, being cited by the New York Times as the “World’s Most Liveable City”.

Dates: 29th June - 4th September 2019 

For more information visit the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Amgen Scholars website.

Seoul National University Research Exchange

Over the summer of 2017, a pilot programme ran that facilitated an undergraduate research exchange between the UCL Physics and Astronomy department and the Seoul National University (SNU) Physics department. The exchange was coordinated at the departmental level with support from Study Abroad. In 2018, the research opportunity was expanded to include students from the Chemistry department. Eligible to apply are 3rd year MSci students, who plan to complete their MSci at UCL.

Research opportunities at SNU will once again be available to a small number of students from MAPS over the summer of 2019.

For further information, please contact Professor Nikolaos Konstantinidis.


RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering. RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American, British and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. RISE Germany is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of interest (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field). Host universities and institutes provide housing assistance and match students with Ph.D. student mentors. German language is not required and the working language will be in English. 

DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) also provides students a monthly stipend for three months to help cover living expenses. More information about that can be found here.

Dates: Research projects start between 15th May 9th July 2019 and run for a maximum of three months. Minimum stay is ten weeks.

For more information visit the DAAD website.

Karolinska Institutet Amgen Scholars Program 2019

Undergraduate students selected for the Amgen Scholars Europe Program at Karolinska Institutet will be given the opportunity to conduct research during 8 weeks in the summer at KI. Selected students can choose from pre-clinical scientific research topics within all of KI’s research areas, described on KI’s program website. The program will begin with an introduction to research at KI together with lectures on scientific writing and poster presentation. Throughout the program, students will be part of a research group and participate in lab work, scientific discussions, journal clubs, seminars, and other topics. Students will have housing in Stockholm, with easy access to the campus. The students will also be offered a social program with the possibility to explore the nature and cultural aspects of Stockholm. The program will end with oral and poster presentations of the conducted research where the students also get trained in critiquing each other’s work. We believe that this is an excellent way of providing a robust academic research experience to students from across Europe. In early September, the Amgen Scholars will participate in the European Amgen symposium at the University of Cambridge, joining all students participating in the Amgen Scholars Europe Program. The research of tomorrow will be done by the students of today.

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s foremost medical universities. Our vision is to make a significant contribution to the improvement of human health; our mission is to conduct research and education and to interact with the community. As a university, KI is Sweden’s single largest centre of medical academic research and offers the country’s widest range of medical courses and programmes. Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

Dates: 24th June - 24th August 2019 (deadline 1st February 2019)

For more information visit the Karolinska Institutet Amgen Scholars website.

ETS Montreal Laboratory Research

Would you like to undertake a research opportunity in Québec over the summer? If so, the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), located in the heart of Montréal, can help you make your plan become reality.

Equipped with specialized technologies such as drones, 3D printers, flight simulators and a clustered supercomputer, the ÉTS labs and chairs will enable you to carry out your research project. Renowned professors working in emerging areas such as artificial intelligence, health technologies, aerospace and transport electrification will support you throughout your research internship.

Research internships, which are supervised by a professor from one of the 60 ETS Montréal Chairs or research units, usually last from three to 12 months. However, current UCL students can only take such opportunities over the summer vacation period.

Tuition Fees: Successful students will not have to pay any tuition fee for this opportunity. 

For more information visit the ETS Montreal Laboratory Research website.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) International

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) International is a 10-week summer program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). REU International is an opportunity for international students to conduct interdisciplinary research under mentorship of NCSA research staff and Illinois faculty using advanced digital resources to address research challenges for the benefit of science and society.

Program Highlights

  • Work on cutting-edge projects
  • Work with world-class NCSA researchers and Illinois faculty
  • Work on interdisciplinary and socially-impactful research projects
  • Participate in social activities, networking and professional development events 

Dates: 20/05/2019 - 26/07/2019

For more information visit the REU programme website.

Simon Fraser University MITACS Globalink Research Award

Simon Fraser University (SFU) is pleased to invite qualified students  to submit an application to the SFU-Mitacs Globalink Research Award (GRA) program Round 2 Application. The Mitacs GRA program provides $6000 to senior undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to conduct 12-24-week research projects at SFU. A few highlights of the program include:

6 research projects available in the Faculty of Applied Science and Beedie School of Business for Round 2 application CAD $6000 in funding

  • CAD $6000 in funding
  •  Research internships starting in May 2020 for 12-24 weeks
  • Guaranteed SFU on-campus housing from May to August

Eligibility requirements, available projects and application process can be found on our website  https://www.sfu.ca/globalink-research-award.html.

The application deadline is December 4th 2020.