Paid Summer internships at EnvEast partners for Home/EU undergraduates from any university studying Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Computing, and other quantitative disciplines
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is again funding the Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme for undergraduate students, and these will be administered and overseen by the NERC DTPs and CDTs. This opens up the exciting opportunity for undergraduates to not only switch departments for their placement, but also potentially to work at another institute within the EnvEast DTP.
The REPs scheme recognises that there is a shortage of individuals with quantitative skills coming into environmental science. REPs are aimed at addressing this shortage by offering funding for summer placements, which focus on encouraging undergraduate students who are studying quantitative disciplines to consider a career in environmental research.
2018 Call for REP projects
Investigators (eligibility as for EnvEast PhD Supervisors - email the DTP as below if unsure) are invited to submit project descriptions for consideration by Friday 23 March 2018. They can do so by sending a maximum one side of A4 to firstname.lastname@example.org, which should contain:
• The project title;
• Name of the lead supervisor (and other supervisors if applicable);
• Brief rationale;
• Duties of the student;
• Any particular requirements (fieldwork, travel, etc.);
• Location(s) of the internship;
• Preferred duration (minimum 8 weeks, maximum 10 weeks);
• Preferred background of the student, and skills they will develop as a result.
The proposed REP projects must:
• Have a clearly defined objective;
• Be within the remit of NERC;
• Be suitable for a student to sensibly complete within the timescale of the award;
• Include more than purely a computer/modelling component: i.e. some element of fieldwork, data collection, activity to give an understanding of the wider context etc., and not simply the duties of a general assistant;
• Give scope for thought and initiative on the part of the student.
The host institute would need to ensure that:
• Appropriate supervisory arrangements are in place;
• Any necessary ethical committee approvals, animal licences and requirements of regulatory authorities are in place before the work begins and are maintained during the duration of the work;
• Any intellectual property rights arising from the work is identified and protected;
• All facilities, agreements about access and collaborations necessary for the work are obtained before the work commences and can be ensured through the period of the work;
• All costs awarded by NERC for the REP are used and accounted for appropriately.
A report of the project by both the supervisor and the student must be sent to the EnvEast DTP by Friday 12 October 2018.
Projects will be selected for advertising by the six executive members of the EnvEast Management Board, and supervisors informed of the outcome as soon as possible after 9 April.
Funded projects will receive a maximum grant of £2500, of which at least £2000 must go to the student as a stipend (minimum £200/week), and £500 is available to cover research costs. Smaller grants may be made, depending on the needs of the project and the availability of funding. At present we anticipate funding three (possibly four) placements.
Students should not be asked to work for less than the national minimum wage (currently £7.83 per hour). This may require less than full-time working hours. For example, an eight week placement would cost £2192.40 in stipend were the student to work for 35 hours per week.
Applications will be invited from students as soon as possible after 9 April 2018, with a deadline of 16 May 2018. We will then ask supervisors to select their preferred candidates and inform us of their choice by 30 May at the latest.