Work Experience and Internships

Please note if you are interested in a position over the summer please apply via our Research Summer School route.

Applicants aged under 18 years

We welcome applications from students under 18 years who are part of the Nuffield Research Placements Scheme (previously Nuffield Science Bursaries). Over 1000 bursaries are awarded per year, for students to work alongside practicing scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Projects take place during the summer holidays, giving students an insight into the world of scientific research and development.

Students in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) course are eligible to apply for a bursary of £80 per week to support them during their project. Placements are available across the UK, in universities, industry or research institutions (including the Institute of Neuroscience) and are organised through regional coordinators. The length of placements can vary, but is usually six weeks.

For more information please visit theNuffield Foundation websiteor contact the Regional Coordinator for Newcastle.


Applicants aged 18 years and over

If you are over 18, have or are in university education and are looking to move into research the Institute of Neuroscience may be able to offer you an unpaid internship so you can gain some experience. If successful, you would be offered the opportunity to work voluntarily as a research assistant to gain specific research experience. Your hours and days of work would be flexible and the length of the placement would be negotiated with your academic supervisor.

If you are interested in applying for an internship, please send a short (no more than 500 words) personal statement and current CV to In your personal statement you should outline your background in neuroscience or related subjects, the area(s) of neuroscience that you are interested in pursuing and why. Please include when you are available to carry out the internship and the approximate time you can devote to it, i.e. full / part time etc.

Once we have received your personal statement and CV, we will forward this information onto our academics. Placements are not guaranteed and would be dependent on the availability and interests of our academics. Occasionally we may actively recruit for an internship position, in which case it will be advertised here. If you have any queries, please contact