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Cambridge NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships

Graduate Research Opportunities

Update: all 2021 REPS have been filled

REPs funding supports paid summer placements for undergraduate students to carry out research projects within the scope of the environmental sciences. These placements are intended to encourage students to consider a career in this field, and undergraduates from any science discipline are eligible. The scheme is designed to address both thematic skills gaps (e.g. quantitative skills) as well as demographic and diversity-related challenges in the environmental sciences.

We particularly welcome applications from:

  • Undergraduates who are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • Undergraduates who are in the first generation of their family to go to university
  • Undergraduates who have been in care or who have been a young carer
  • Undergraduates from a low-income background
  • Undergraduates who are currently studying in a quantitative/data-based discipline and are interested in applying their skills within the environmental sciences.

The duration of REPs will be eight weeks over the summer holiday period (mid-July to September). Most projects have the ability to be carried out remotely, as noted in the project description.

REPs recipients are paid as employees, with the level of remuneration equal to the National Living Wage and will enter into a Workers Agreement with the host department. There are no further funds available for relocation or living expenses and students must be resident in the UK during the placement. Successful students and supervisors will be required to complete a report on the outcome of the placement.

All REPs recipients will be have a PhD student mentor from the ESS or C-CLEAR NERC DTP.

Eligibility criteria

Students must meet all of the eligibility requirements listed below to apply for a REP:

  • Be undertaking their first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters)
  • Be applying for a placement in a different department to their undergraduate degree
  • Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding, and have the right to work in the UK (for example an international student currently studying in the UK with a Tier 4 or equivalent visa that is valid for the duration of the REP).


In order to be considered for a placement, please apply to

  1. Single sheet giving: (a) full Name, (c) email, (d) home address, (e) nationality including confirmation of right to work in UK, (f) current academic course and expected graduation date, (g) project(s) (  for which you wish to apply; if more than one is indicated please list these in priority order
  2. CV (no more than 2 pages).
  3. Brief covering letter giving motivation for application (no more than one page)
  4. One academic reference emailed to by the closing date of Wednesday 30 June (no more than one page)
  5. Complete the online EDI form (this form is a mandatory part of the application process, but contains ‘prefer not to say’ options for all questions asked). The form will be viewed by DTP management only and will not be forwarded to supervisors

Closing Date: Wednesday 30 June 2021