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 and Research Skills Fundamentals at the University of Western Australia | Australia

Research Internship: This bespoke eight week intensive research training programme will be held online this year. SDU 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. To accommodate time zone differences in the online format, Western will be recording all coursework sessions so that students can listen to them asynchronously. Project meetings will be organised with the supervisor at a mutually convenient time.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. 

Research Skills Fundamentals: This three week course provides research skills training to equip students with the fundamentals to conduct research. Through a range of feature talks focusing on global issues, students are exposed to the theory and practice of research across different disciplines. Interactive workshops develop students' information literacy, writing and communication skills, and introduce them to the principles of ethical research conduct. For more information please see the Research Skills Funamentals page. Please note that only the July programme will be available to University of Leeds students.

If you are successful in gaining a place on one or both of these programme please contact the Study Abroad Office on as they can provide assistance with pre-departure support and HEAR recognition.

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.

Please note that applications for summer 2020 are now closed. 

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 detail including eligibility and how to apply, please visit the EURAXESS website.

RISE GermanyRISE Germany

Rise Germany offers summer research internships in Germany for undergraduate, masters and PhD students studying and researching in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences, engineering or a closely related field. All participants receive grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 

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

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 

Summer Undergraduate Research Programme, Chinese University of Hong Kong | Hong Kong 

SURP will be conducted virtually this year to allow students to take part in the programme without leaving home.

CUHK offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) which enables students from a wide range of academic disciplines to develop research skills and knowledge in a specific area of interest, join a world-class research team and build networks with leading experts in the field.  Students participating in SURP will conduct a research project under the supervision of a CUHK faculty member for eight weeks. Participating students will also be immersed in the local culture through a series of online orientation and cultural activities.  More information is available on the programme website.   

If you are successful in gaining a place on this programme please contact the Study Abroad Office on as they can provide assistance with pre-departure support and HEAR recognition.

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.

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. The University of Leeds will cover the following costs:

  • Return flights
  • Programme fees
  • Accommodation fees
  • Tuition fee (this is waived by KAIST)

To register your interest, please email