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: 24 June -19  August 2023 

Tuition Fees: No tuition will be charged, however there are administration fees (Face-to-face: HKD1,800 | Virtual: HKD900) and optional on-campus accommodation fees (HKD8,050)

Application Deadlines: 28 February 2023

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: June - August 2023 TBC

Tuition Fees: TBC (waived in 2022)

Application Deadline: 2023 TBC

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 15 May - 10 July 2023

Programme Fees: a monthly scholarship of 861 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: 15 December 2022

For more information visit the DAAD website.

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

The NCSA International Research Internship Program is a summer research training experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). This opportunity is open to highly-motivated international undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in any major. Students interested in this opportunity will not be able to take academic courses simultaneously with this program as they will be expected to work 40 hours weekly. The program will culminate with final presentations by all students.

Dates: June - July 2023 TBC

Programme Fees: TBC

Application Deadline: TBC

For more information visit the REU programme 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: TBC

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

For more information visit the ETS Montreal Laboratory Research website.

Yale UCL Collaborative Student Exchange Programme

UCL doctoral students have the opportunity to undertake a period of research at Yale, under the supervision of an identified Yale Supervisor. Students can experience working in a different academic setting at another world-leading research intensive university and gather skills that will enhance their current work as well as future personal and professional plans. Doctoral students from any research area are eligible to apply for the Exchange.

Dates: Usually three months, but other periods specifically agreed to by student and proposed supervisor may be considered

Tuition Fees: No tuition fees are charged from Yale

Application Deadlines: Tuesday 24 January 2023 (earliest exchange start date: April 2023)

Tuesday 25 April 2023 (earliest exchange start date: July 2023)

For more information visit the UCL Doctoral School 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: US$500

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 2023 TBC

Tuition Fees: US$500

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 2023

Program B: 19 June - 4 August 2023

Tuition Fee: JPY 50,000

Application Deadline: 17:00, 16 January 2023 (Tokyo time)

For more information visit the UTSIP Kashiwa webpage.

University of Tokyo Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars Program is for undergraduates considering a career in biology or related sciences and looking to continue to graduate studies. Students will gain biomedical research experience in the basic and translational sciences, under the guidance of faculty members from the Graduate School of Medicine, Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and the Institute of Industrial Science. By the end of their summer experience, students are expected to acquire knowledge and skills for conducting research, whilst gaining connections with international students from across the globe. In addition to working full time in the laboratory for 8 weeks, the program also includes excursions (including to graduate schools and institutes), seminars, cultural events and more.

Dates: 6 June - 5 August 2023 (including Amgen Scholars Asia Symposium in Singapore on 3-5 August)

Tuition Fees: No tuition fees. Students are awarded a JPY 250,000 stipend and an economy class airline ticket

Application Deadline: 15:00, 1 February 2023 (Tokyo time)

For more information visit the UTokyo Amgen Scholars webpage.

Kyoto University Amgen Scholars Program 

The Amgen Scholars Program at Kyoto University is eight weeks of intensive research in the sciences. Amgen Scholars will be assigned to one of several Kyoto University departments or interdisciplinary areas that traditionally support science and biotechnology research. These areas may include: biochemistry, chemistry, immunology, neuroscience and more. Students will participate in workshops, educational and cultural activities and two-day Asia symposium

23 places are available to UG students worldwide. Financial support will be provided for successful applicants, covering travel, accommodation and scholarship fees.

Dates: 6 June - 5 August 2023 (including Amgen Scholars Asia Symposium in Singapore on 3-5 August)

Tuition Fees: No tuition fees. Students are awarded a JPY 180,000 stipend and an economy class airline ticket

Application Deadline: 15:00, 1 February 2023 (Kyoto time)

For more information visit the University of Kyoto Amgen Scholars 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.