Summer research

University research programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The research opportunities below are listed to give students an idea of the opportunities available globally. Students apply directly to the host institution and are responsible for the costs and meeting their deadlines, however some of the opportunities come with scholarships and stipends attached. Additionally, students are encouraged to apply for a short-term mobility bursary to support their activities. If student cannot find the right placement from what is listed, they are are encouraged to investigate other countries, institutions and organisations to discover more programmes (and can still apply for a short-term mobility bursary).

Details for some of the below opportunities are still to be confirmed, so please continue to look at the host institution's webpages for the most up-to-date information.

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

The Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) provides an opportunity for undergraduate students from overseas universities to undertake research attachments for eight weeks at CUHK during the summer. Students will conduct research under the supervision of a CUHK faculty member from various academic disciplines, including Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and Social Science. Early applications are strongly encouraged to secure places in preferred projects.

Dates: 23 June - 17 August 2024

Tuition Fees: HKD8,151

Application Deadlines: 29 February 2024

For more information, please visit the CUHK SURP website.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) Online Summer Research Internship Program

SJTU offers research projects for undergraduate students across different fields that can include mechanical engineering, electronic information and electronic engineering, agriculture and pharmacy. The internships are usually six weeks and students will also have chance to collaborate on the paper-writing process and serve as a co-author on a publication.

Dates: 27 June - 9 August 2023

Tuition Fees: 8400RMB

Application Deadline: 15 May 2023

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

DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) Germany

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. 

Dates: 10 - 12 weeks between May - July 2024

Programme Fees: a monthly scholarship of 934 Euros. DAAD provides health insurance, accident and personal liability insurance. All interns are invited to the three-day RISE Germany meeting in Heidelberg at the beginning of July and will receive an allowance of 160 Euros for travel to the meeting.The scholarship also covers international travel costs with an international travel subsidy.

Application Deadline: 30 November for application, 15 December 2023 for reference letters.

For more information visit the DAAD website.

ETS Montreal Laboratory Research

Equipped with specialized technologies such as drones, 3D printers, flight simulators and a clustered supercomputer, the ÉTS labs and chairs enables studetns to carry out unique research projects in emerging areas such as artificial intelligence, health technologies, aerospace and transport electrification. Research internships, which are supervised by a professor from one of the Chairs or research units, usually last from three to 12 months. 

Dates: Varies depending on students' arrangements with their supervisors (Summer is May - August, Fall is September - December, Winter is January - April)

Tuition Fees: Varies depending on students' arrangements with their supervisors

Application Deadline: Varies depending on students' arrangements with their supervisors

For more information visit the ETS Montreal Laboratory Research website.

Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile: Global Research Program

Postgraduate-taught and non-first year students have the opportunity to undertake a period of on-site/virtual research through a diverse range of projects with PUC Chile. Students are invited to pursue their research, while also experiencing Chilean culture through interactions with staff and students.

Dates: A period of 4 - 12 weeks between April - May, agreed by student and proposed supervisor

Tuition Fees: Free

Application Deadlines: 26 November 2023 (Extended to 3 December 2023)

For more information visit the PUC Global Research Program website.

Universidad San Francisco de Quito Research Projects

Undergraduate students from all over the world have the unique opportunity to conduct a research project in conjunction with a USFQ faculty member in various fields of study. This program is called The Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (LOERI). Research themes available include Venezuelan Migration in Ecuador, Human Genetics, Psychological Wellbeing During Covid-19 in an Ecuadorian Population and Invasive Species and Drones in Galápagos.

Dates: Varies depending on students' arrangements with their supervisors (Summer is May - August, Fall is September - December, Winter is January - April)

Tuition Fees: USD500

Application Deadline: Varies depending on students' arrangements with their supervisors

For more information visit the USFQ Research Opportunities website.

Tecnológico de Monterrey Undergraduate Research Program

Tecnológico de Monterrey offers undergraduate students the possibility to develop their research skills by participating on projects at any of the Tec research centers. Students will obtain valuable experience while being advised by specialists from a range of research centers and groups. Research areas include Sustainable Development, Architecture, Art and Design, Biotechnology, Water, Health and Business.

Dates: June - August (applications on a rolling basis)

Tuition Fees: USD500

Application Deadline: Varies depending on students' arrangements with their supervisors

For more information please see the Undergraduate Research Program information website.

University of Tokyo Summer Internship Program  

The University of Tokyo Summer Internship Program in Kashiwa (UTSIP Kashiwa) provides hands-on research internship opportunities in the fields of natural sciences and social sciences. Alongside the period of research, lectures are also offered from world-leading researchers at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences. All participants will be assigned to a laboratory in their desired area of interest 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: Program A: 29 May - 14 July 2024

Program B: 19 June - 4 August 2024

Tuition Fee: JPY 50,000

Application Deadline: 17:00, 15 January 2024 (Tokyo time)

For more information visit the UTSIP Kashiwa webpage.

University of British Columbia Visiting International Research Students (VIRS)

UBC welcomes international students at undergraduate or postgraduate level to conduct full-time research for a defined period of time, under the supervision of a UBC faculty member. Since 2014, UBC has welcomed over 2500 VIRS students from over 650 universities and 85 different countries. The VIRS program is managed by Go Global under the Office of the Vice Provost, International. 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.

Dates: Varies depending on students' arrangements with their supervisors

Programme Fee: CAD415

Application Deadline: Submit the completed VIRS application at least 12 weeks before the planned start date for the research

For more information visit the UBC VIRS website.

ETH Robotics Student Fellowship

The ETH Robotics Student Fellowship (ETH RSF) program offers graduate students the opportunity to research alongside experts on the specific topic of robotics of their choice. This fellowship takes place mainly during summer (July - August).

Dates: 1 July - 31 August 2024

Programme Fee: Housing, travel, visa and living expenses covered by a scholarship

Application Deadline: 29 February 2024

For more information visit the ETH SSRF website.

ETH Student Summer Research Fellowship

The Student Summer Research Fellowship (ETH SSRF) programme offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain their first research experience in an area of their choice. The fellowship provided by the Computer Science Department of ETH takes place during two summer months.

Dates: 1 July - 31 August 2024

Programme Fee: Housing, travel, visa and living expenses covered by a scholarship

Application Deadline: 15 December 2023

For more information visit the ETH SSRF website.

HKU Summer Research Programme 2024 

UCL has been invited by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) to nominate up to 10 outstanding Master's students to apply for a research scholarship place on their 10-week summer intensive research training in Hong Kong.

- Current UCL Masters students holding an undergraduate degree with first class honours (equivalent to a UK 1st/Hong Kong CGPA of at least 3.7-4.0/A).
- Students with an undergraduate classification of a high UK 2:1/Hong Kong CGPA 3.6, may still be considered, but priority will go to students with a 1st. 
- Research can be in any of the areas supported by HKU's faculties: https://gradsch.hku.hk/prospective_students/research_areas.

Dates: 3 June – 5 August 2024

Benefits and Financial support
- One-to-one mentorship on a research project with an eminent professor at HKU.
- Networking and extra-curricular activities for elite students worldwide. 
- A scholarship of HK$10,000 will be awarded to each participant after successful completion (subject to HKU budgets).
- Financial support of airfare up to HK$5,000, and university accommodation up to HK$5,000 will be provided on a reimbursement basis after successfully completion (subject to HKU budgets).
- A small number of exceptional participants may be awarded a conditional offer of the HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship to pursue a full-time PhD at HKU upon completion of their current studies. The HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship is HKU's most prestigious entrance scholarship, which includes an award of up to HK$427,100 in the first year alone.

Full Programme Details: https://gradsch.hku.hk/news_and_events/news_and_future_events/summer-research-programme-2024

Students must apply for a nomination place though UCL first, then if successful they will be invited by HKU to apply.



Sasakawa Studentship

A £10,000 studentship is available for UCL Masters or MPhil/PhD candidates that are conducting their research in any aspect of Japanese studies but particularly politics, economics, and international relations, arts and science.

There is a range of specific criteria that applicants must meet, so for full details and instructions on how to apply students should visit UCL's Sasakawa Studentship webpage.

Dates and Programme Fee: UCL can nominate up to three students for these studentships, which are worth £10,000 and are for one year's duration

Application Deadline: 19 March 2024

For more information visit the UCL's Sasakawa Studentship webpage.

Nanyang Technological University Singapore Global Connect Fellowship (NTU-GCF) 

This research opportunity at NTU is open to bachelor's or master's degree students with a 2:1 average, graduating in 2025. Students from any discipine are welcome to apply. Research areas include AI, Smart Manufacturing, Digital Economy, Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, Sustainability, 3D Printing, Health Sciences, Fintech, and more. 

Dates: 20 May - 20 July 2024

Programme Fee: no programme fee, SGD5,000 stipend and complimentary housing at NTU's Yunan Garden campus.

Application Deadline: 1 March 2024, however interested students must contact UCL Study Abroad to be nominated by midday 19 February (via askUCL) - 2024 NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED.

For more information visit the NTU GCF information page.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) International Summer School of Gender and Public Policy

The TISS in Mumbai is hosting a four-week programme for students who are passionate about promoting gender equality in their respective fields.The programme will explore the importance of taking a gender perspective into the development and implementation of public policy and the likely consequences of gender-blind policies. Students will gain an understanding of how institutions and structures are gendered and how this might affect the implementation of a public policy. 

Dates: 1 - 26 July 2024

Programme Fee: USD1970 - 3040, depending on students' accomodation options (applications before 15 March receive a 10% discount)

Application Deadline: Ongoing

For more information visit the TISS International Summer School webpage.