Research Scholarships


A study opportunity to allow undergraduates who have research potential with experience of research and to encourage them to take further postgraduate study. For more information about Research Scholarships take a look our Research Scholarships and Expeditions website


Applicants should be one of the following:

  • Undergraduates in the middle year (preferably penultimate) year of their first degree;
  • Undergraduate medical or dental students between the end of their second year and the end of their penultimate year;
  • Undergraduates studying for language or other 4 year degrees either at the end of their second year or third year (i.e. just before or after their year of overseas study).
Please note that:
  • Students in stage 1 of undergraduate studies will not be considered for research scholarship awards.
  • Students awarded funding by the University Expeditions Committee will not be considered for Research Scholarship awards in the same year.
  • Only one internal Research Scholarship application will be considered from each registered student in any one academic year.

Application Forms

The closing date to apply for a 2019 Research Scholarship has now passed. 2020 applicarions forms will be available in January 2020.

Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Opportunities for interdisciplinary research will be available under this scheme. To reflect the University’s strategy and strong ethos of supporting inter-disciplinary work, students studying different subjects can work together on research projects in small groups of 2 to 4. For example, up to 4 students studying different types of Engineering would constitute an eligible interdisciplinary group, as would a group of students studying Medicine, Fine Art and History.

Method of adjudication

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Faculty Undergraduate Deans will judge applications primarily on academic merit and potential for providing research training and may use their discretion when selecting awardees. Preference will be given to:

  • research projects that have a clearly defined objective that is achievable by the student(s) in the time available. (Research Scholarships will not be awarded for work that will form a substantial part of their undergraduate degree work).
  • projects that give scope for thought and initiative on the part of the student(s) and do not use the student(s) as general assistants. It will be expected that the student(s) will have contributed to the design of the project and the framing of this application.
  • students demonstrating academic achievement and potential and also showing an interest in and motivation to undertake research.

Research support available

Research Scholarships are available for six to eight weeks'. From 2020 they will carry a grant of £210 per week, per student to meet student living costs.  Any additional costs, such as consumables, travel or equipment incurred as a result of the project will not be covered by the scholarship. The nature of the project will likely determine how many hours of study will be required to complete the project: the Research Scholarships Committee would not recommend that any student spends more than 34 hours per week on their project.

Similar schemes

There are number of external organisations offering similar schemes.

Where appropriate, students, or staff on their behalf, should apply to these schemes as well as this University scheme. If awarded an outside scholarship in addition to a University award, the University may increase the value of the outside award's student maintenance to the equivalent of the University's award so that the student is not disadvantaged by accepting the outside award that can enhance his / her CV.

Maximising the University’s success in external competitions not only raises the University’s external profile but also enables many more of our students to experience work in a research situation by enabling the University’s resources to go further.