University of Birmingham Undergraduate Research Experience scheme

The University of Birmingham Undergraduate Research Experience scheme offers financial support for undergraduates (except final years) to undertake work experience or a research placement in the summer vacation.


You are encouraged to read all the guidance and information available before submitting your application. If you have any questions or require further information, you can contact the Careers Network Internship Officer responsible for managing the bursary for which you are applying. Their contact details are provided in the application guidance.

Once the application deadline has passed, all applications received on-line will be assessed by Careers Network staff. Applicants who are successful in passing this first assessment stage will then be invited to attend a short panel interview and to deliver a five minute presentation, training for which will be provided. If you pass both of these stages, you may then be granted a bursary.

Application deadline: 29 March 2015

Interview skills

If you are successful in your initial application, you will be invited to attend an interview. For more information about interview skills, visit our interview resources:

Who can apply

The scheme is open to all first-, second- and penultimate-year undergraduate students. You must source your own research placement / experience.

Support available

The scheme provides you with a bursary of up to £500 to cover the costs of undertaking research experience in the summer vacation.

You will also have access to mentoring and post placement support from Doctoral Researchers, as well as attendance at the “Taking it to the next Degree Workshop” about studying for a PhD.

The amount you apply for will depend on the individual circumstances of your proposed work experience. Expenses funded include:

  • Accommodation costs
  • Travel expenses
  • Living costs and utilities bills
  • Insurance

Previous winners

See details of previous winners of our work experience funding schemes and their experiences.