E4 Doctoral Training Partnership

Research Experience Placements (REPs)

Research Experience Placement is a summer placement scheme funded by NERC, aimed at undergraduate students from quantitative disciplines outside of NERC’s remit and who would like to experience research in Environmental Sciences.

This page is updated each year towards February with details on REPs available for the following Summer.

Placement Details, Funding and Reporting

  • We usually have 2 to 3 REPs available each year.
  • Placements duration is 6 weeks over the summer vacation period (mid-June to the end of August). They include 4 days of annual leave which will have to be taken in agreement with the project supervisor.
  • Placements are paid at the University grade UE03 (£345.45 per week).
  • The student and the project supervisor at the host organisation will be required to complete a brief online report on the outcome of the placement at the end of the placement (see the previous' years report template below)
Students in the Biochar lab in the School of GeoSciences
Students in the Biochar Lab in the School of GeoSciences

Eligibility of students

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for a REP. The students must:

  • Be studying for an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline outside of NERC’s scientific remit (e.g. mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering, physics).
  • Be applying for a placement in a different department to their undergraduate degree.
  • Be undertaking their first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters).
  • Be expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree.
  • Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding (i.e. UK/EU citizens or non-EU citizens who have obtained the right to remain in the UK - known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’- and who - ALL- have been living in the UK for minimum the past 3 years).

Application Process

Applications for the summer REPs 2020 are now closed. 

In order to be considered for a placement, please apply via the Career Hub (link below), providing the below documents:

  • A cover letter detailing your motivation to apply for the REP scheme and stating which project you would like to be considered for and why (available projects below)
  • A recent CV
  • A reference from your Personal Tutor
  • An interim transcript if available

Available Research Projects

There are no projects currently open for application.