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Undergraduate Research Bursaries 2024, with logos of London Mathematical Society and University of Birmingham

Each year, the School of Mathematics offers paid research opportunities to undergraduate students to experience what research is like in the mathematical sciences. Successful applicants in the 2023-4 round will receive an Undergraduate Research Bursary of £291 per week, for a period of six weeks, working with an academic supervisor from the School of Mathematics on a research-related project in the summer of 2024.

We offer many potential projects from a large number of supervisors across the breadth of research areas in the School: you can find these in the Projects for 2023-4 section of the Summer Research Programme 2023-4 webpage.

Through these summer projects, students can learn more deeply about a specific topic and carry out exciting, topical research in the area.  For those students considering further study in mathematics, whether it be at Master’s or PhD level, this can be a good way to get first-hand experience to inform your decision, or to bolster your application.

As well as applying for funding from the School of Mathematics, UK-based students can also apply for bursaries from the London Mathematical Society. This external source of funding is a prestigious award for which the competition is open across the UK, and would be an excellent addition to your CV.

I wouldn't be able to imagine giving a talk in math three years ago. It was UoB that gave me confidence and showed me the magic in math. [My supervisor] and the project made me believe that I can do things that are heavy in math! I will certainly carry these assets with me all the way in the future.

A testimonial from a student who took part in a past round of summer projects.

We strongly encourage students from backgrounds that are typically underrepresented in mathematics (e.g., but not limited to, students with disabilities, students from ethnic minority backgrounds, female and non-binary students, first-generation students, students from the LGBTQ+ community) to apply.

To find out more, including how to apply, please visit the programme webpage or contact Dr Stacey Law.