General and Summer undergraduate research opportunities
Find out about opportunities for undergraduate researchers. If you have good research to present or want to conduct research there are opportunities to be found!
The Faculty of Arts Humanities and Cultures
Arts, Humanities and Cultures, Undergraduate Research Experience (UGRE)
The UGRE is a student-led event within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures which celebrates exceptional research by undergraduates at the University of Leeds.
For more information visit: https://arts.leeds.ac.uk/ugresearch/ugre/ugrefaqs/
Q Step Summer Research Placements
The Q Step placement scheme offers a wide range of PAID summer research project placements. Q-Step was developed as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates. It is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
What can I gain from doing a Q Step placement?
The Placement scheme provides a great opportunity for undergraduate students and leading academics/research staff to collaborate on a live research project hosted within one of four Faculties or at one of our partner organisations.
For more information visit: https://www.qstep.leeds.ac.uk/
Summer Research Abroad
Participating in a research programme abroad is a great way to develop your research skills and knowledge in a specific area of interest, and gain valuable experience that can boost your professional profile.
For more information about any of the research opportunities listed below, please contact the Work Placement team.
SUMMER DOWN UNDER: RESEARCH INTERNSHIP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
This bespoke eight week intensive research training programme is an opportunity for students considering a UWA postgraduate research degree to get an insider look at UWA's research specialties, meet and work with a potential future supervisor, and experience the richness of Australian culture. You will also participate in a range of curated events and training sessions to help launch your research career. This opportunity is open to high performing "research ready" 3rd or 4th year undergraduate or Masters students.
For more details including eligibility and how to apply, please visit UWA's website.
EURAXESS RESEARCH PORTAL | EUROPE
‘Researchers in Motion’ is a unique pan-European initiative delivering information and support services to professional researchers. Backed by the European Union, member states and associated countries, it supports researcher mobility and career development, while enhancing scientific collaboration between Europe and the world.
EURAXESS is also your gateway to Science4Refugees, a Commission's initiative helping refugee researchers find suitable jobs in today's challenging research landscape. Part of the initiative, is the Science4Refugees Research Buddies, supporting refugee scientists in finding European researchers to discuss problems, find solutions and study together, by matching their research field, scientific studies and interests.
For more details including eligibility and how to apply, please visit the EURAXESS website.
KYOTO UNIVERSITY AMGEN SCHOLARS PROGRAMME | JAPAN
Every year, the Amgen Scholars Asia Programme provides selected undergraduate students from across the world the opportunity to engage in hands-on research experience. As Amgen Scholars, students will have the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of science and will receive guidance from faculty mentors including some of Asia's top academic scientists. Students will participate in workshops, educational and cultural activities, a three-day Asia Symposium and will have the opportunity to network with other students and professionals from around the world.
For more details including eligibility and how to apply, please visit the Amgen Scholars website.
Once you have secured a place on this programme, please fill out the summer schools registration form available on the Study Abroad Office Minerva organisation. To enrol in the organisation and access the form, please follow the instructions below:
KAIST INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROGRAMME | SOUTH KOREA
The Individual Research Programme is a 4-week research programme for students majoring in STEM fields and a fantastic opportunity to spend the summer working on a research project at KAIST, South Korea. The University of Leeds will select students to take part in this research exchange, who will join KAIST's Track II Summer School. All dates are fixed around this programme, as such you are required to check your availability.
The exchange is open to third year students in their penultimate year of study.
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA RESEARCH EXPERIENCE | CANADA
University of Leeds is taking part in an innovative collaboration with the University of Alberta to facilitate the exchange of undergraduate students to complete paid research projects with an energy and environment focus. This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on, practical research experience over the summer. Internships are available during summer and will be 12 weeks in duration.
RISE Germany – Research Internships in Science & Engineering for undergraduates
For the undergraduate programme, students are carefully matched with doctoral students and researchers whom they assist and who serve as their mentors which offers unique opportunities for students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer.
RISE Professional – Research Internships in Science and Engineering for masters and PhD students
RISE Professional offers summer research internships of three months to masters and PhD students at companies and research instituions with strong relations to Germany. RISE Professional is funded by the German Federal Office and students will recieve a stipend from their host company/institutions in addition to the grant from DAAD to help cover living expenses.
For more information please visit www.daad.de/rise-professional
ETH ZURICH STUDENT SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP | SWITZERLAND
The Student Summer Research Fellowship (ETH SSRF) program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain their first research experience in an area of their choice. The fellowship provided by the Computer Science Department of ETH takes place during two summer months, and there are research opportunities available in several different areas.