EPSRC Vacation Bursaries 2019

The Doctoral College is delighted to announce that we are now accepting applications for up to 7 Vacation Internships (formerly called Vacation Bursaries) starting summer 2019.

Funded by the prestigious Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Vacation Internships offer undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to work with academics and get a taste of research.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • You must be in the middle years of an undergraduate degree (level 2/Year 2 for BEng, BSc or levels 2/Year 2 or level/Year 3 for an MEng, MChem, MPhys etc)
  • Level P (placement students) but must have finished their Placement and have sufficient time (8 to 10 weeks) to complete the vacation bursary scheme prior to returning to their studies
  • Meet EPSRC residency requirements (when they finish their undergraduate degree); if in doubt please look at http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx
  • Have obtained marks at a level commensurate with a  1st or 2i degree classification
  • Where applicable, if you are uncertain about how participation in this scheme may affect your visa conditions, please contact the International Office.

Please note:

  • If you applied previously and were successful then you will not be eligible to apply again.
  • If you applied previously and were unsuccessful then you will be eligible to apply again. You will be required to resubmit your application.

What do I get?

Vacation Internships provide funding for undergraduate students to gain practical, first-hand experience of research. This is invaluable if you are considering a research career, including going on to do PhD.

Throughout the scheme, you will benefit from the leadership and guidance of two academic experts and you will also have access to the research facilities you need to undertake the project.

You will also receive £300 per week and funds of up to £300 are also available for research consumables.

What kind of project will I work on?

  • The research project has to fit into one or more of the EPSRC’s Research Themes.
  • Each project will last a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 10 weeks and must take place during the summer vacation of 2019
  • The work conducted during a Vacation Bursary should not be used towards credit bearing modules – this is additional experience to your degree programme  
  • The project should have a clearly defined objective, which could be part of a much larger research project
  • The project will be at a suitable level for you to reasonably complete within the timescale of the scheme

We fund a variety of projects. Some past examples include:

  • Mathematical modelling of the entertainment of the circadian timing system by light
  • Tracking loss of structural performance of thin ATOX exposed composites using modal testing
  • Aerodynamic effects for highly-integrated Electric Ducted Fans
  • Engineering the Phonon Vacuum for Ultimate-Efficiency Energy Harvesting Devices
  • Investigation of An Intelligent Emergency Braking System for Connected Autonomous Cars
  • A new biophysical model of cell interaction
  • Photoluminescence of NV centers in a diamond

    I’m interested, how do I apply?

    Step 1 - Approach a prospective supervisor: If you are interested in applying for a Vacation Internship; you will need to approach a member of staff to act as your supervisor. This might be a researcher who has taught you during your degree programme or somebody whose research activities are of interest to you. Note that all academics within FEPS have staff profiles within department pages. You might find it helpful to discuss this with your personal tutor who can advise you of who in the department needs help with one of their research projects.

    An additional supervisor will also be appointed to give you access to a wider pool of expertise and to ensure continuity in any period of absence, e.g. annual leave.  

    Step 2 – Discuss a project: You will not need to come up with a new idea for a project. Instead you can discuss with your prospective supervisor what project you could work on. This will likely involve supporting a supervisor and/or PhD student on an existing research project.

    Step 3 – Complete the application form: You will need to complete the application form (DOC) in collaboration with your prospective supervisor. 

    Step 4 – Submit the form and supporting documents: In order to be considered for a Vacation Bursary you will need to submit the following document electronically (please note that paper copies will not be accepted):

    Application form. Please note that his must be signed by the supervisor (to indicate their agreement to the project and their willingness to provide supervision) and the Head of Research Centre/Division/Department (to confirm that the proposed project is adequately resourced and that adequate supervision will be available)

    A scanned copy of your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) or Transcript.

    Please submit these documents to jane.phillips@surrey.ac.uk  by 16:00GMT on Tuesday 7 May 2019. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

    Applicants will be informed of the outcome by Friday 24 May 2019.

    Due to the high volumes of applications we receive we are only be able to provide brief feedback to those unsuccessful applicants.

    How will my application be assessed?

    The following criteria are used to assess applications:

    1. Academic performance (marked out of 10)

    2. Clearly defined objectives and achievability of the research project (marked out of 10)

    3. The fit of the research project within the EPSRC’s remit of activity (marked out of 10)

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