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Student Co-Researchers

Learn about our opportunities for funding student led research through Challenge Labs and Internships

Challenge Labs

Challenge labs are interdisciplinary co-researching spaces that are designed to support Newcastle University students at all stages to develop small interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects.

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Student Internships

Student internships enable the participation in our research activity. We aim to provide a welcoming and supporting environment where you can learn valuable skills and experience.

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Challenge Labs

Challenge Labs provide an opportunity for a type of research internship that offers the chance to build skills and methodological knowledge that complement your studies. Example themes might be Challenge Labs that relate to topics such as illiteracy, environmental justice, race equality and allyship, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or data ethics and digital practices. Each Challenge Lab will be allocated a budget to cover students’ time working on the project. Budget allocation will depend on the number of participants and the length of the proposed project. Some Challenge Labs may take a short, intensive workshop format; other labs might take a longer format. There is no prescribed format for Challenge Labs. They can take whatever form is appropriate for the topic being researched.

The scheme can work in one of two ways:

Create a Challenge Lab

Students who have a good research idea, want to work collaboratively with colleagues in other schools or faculties and have support from a member of staff who will offer mentorship can propose their own topic and apply for funding.

Join a Challenge Lab

Students can apply to become co-researchers on a Challenge Lab that has already been proposed, either by another student or by a member of staff (see offers posted on our website or via the NU Students' Union JobsOC).

Challenge labs address ‘research-worthy’ problems, require working in a group, and take an approach that draws on methods and expertise derived from several disciplines, including one or more arts, humanities or social science disciplines.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from students at all stages and located in any faculty. We encourage interdisciplinary and cross-school and/or faculty proposals that bring students and staff together across the Humanities and Social Sciences, and beyond.

When do I need to apply?

Challenge Labs can take place at any time of year and can vary in duration. If you would like to join one of the proposed Challenge Labs, please refer to the specific internship advert. If you would like to propose your own Challenge Lab, you can submit a proposal at any time. We do encourage that all applications are made before 31 May 2023 in order to support its set up before the end of the academic year.


Inspired by the prospect of a challenge lab please read more about our current offerings or register interest in creating your own. Still looking for inspiration? Please read more about our previous Challenge Labs fellows. Including one of our previous winners, Philippa Carter, who has wrote a very interesting blog about the impact of her project.

Challenge Labs allowed me to explore an interdisciplinary way of approaching a topic in a supportive environment with access to the funds needed to make my project a reality. The whole experience was great and hugely enjoyable!

Elsa Ryan, BA (Hons) Ancient History

Student Internships

We believe strongly in supporting the development of our students through paid internships.

We work closely with the Careers Service Jobs on Campus team to provide a range of student intern opportunities which are open to both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students who are registered at Newcastle University.

Our student intern was amazing! Her web development, design skills, and curatorial ideas have been central to the project, and she has been a committed, enthusiastic, and invaluable member of the research team.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences