University of Surrey Vacation Internships 2019

The Doctoral College is delighted to announce that we are now accepting applications for up to 25 Vacation Internships starting summer 2019.

Funded by the University of Surrey, the Vacation Internships offer undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to work with academics and get a taste of research.

Application form

Who is eligible to apply?

You must be in the middle years of an undergraduate degree. If you are a placement student but must have finished your placement and have sufficient time (8 to 10 weeks) to complete the Vacation Bursary Scheme prior to returning to your studies.

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 a PhD.

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

You will 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 should fit into one or more of your Faculties Strategic themes
  • The 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 Internship should not be used towards credit bearing modules – this is additional experience to your degree course
  • 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.

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 or somebody who's research activities are of interest to you. Note that all academics 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 a 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 application form electronically (please note that paper copies will not be accepted).

Please note that this 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 is also required.

Please submit these documents to by 16:00GMT on Thursday 30 May 2019. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by Friday 7 June 2019.

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

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