Faculty Undergraduate research opportunities

Find out about opportunities for undergraduate researchers.

Sustainability Opportunities

Student Sustainability Research Conference

Building knowledge of sustainability is fundamental to our teaching strategy here at Leeds, and we are committed to giving opportunities to students to take part in activities to promote sustainability.

The annual University of Leeds Student Sustainability Research Conference allows students at all levels and across all disciplines to showcase their sustainability-themed research, projects, performances and installations.

The Conference is a great way to share ideas and creates opportunities to develop innovative solutions to sustainability challenges with like-minded students.

To find out more about the Conference, and to apply to present your research, visit sustainability.leeds.ac.uk.

Leeds Living Lab

The Leeds Living Lab drives the University’s commitment to embed sustainability through knowledge, engagement, collaboration and innovation. By bringing together students, staff and our city partners, the Leeds Living Lab can research and test sustainable solutions, enhance our curriculum and tackle global challenges using the University and our communities as a test-bed.

It’s a great example of collaborative working that provides a test-bed for research with impact, delivers innovative operational solutions, and offers students projects that make a real-world difference. It also enhances our community, bringing together people who wouldn’t usually work directly with each other to create amazing new ideas.

The Leeds Living Lab is open to all staff and students across the University. We facilitate interdisciplinary projects on any element of the Sustainability Strategy, and across all social science and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The Sustainability Service can support you to set up and deliver projects, as well as helping to identify and engage partners. It may also be able to offer seedcorn or match funding and small grants for student projects.

If you would like to discuss your proposal for a Living Lab project, please email us at sustainability@leeds.ac.uk

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. 

For more information please see the MyCareer portal and www.daad.de/rise-germany

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.