School of Physics & Astronomy
Vacation Placements and Internships
Many students will find it useful to gain some useful summer vacation employment or internships. On the careers notice board in the main concourse we have a list of some organisations that you may wish to try for such placements. There is also information on the Careers Centre website aimed at a physicists and astronomers. Our astronomers also have an Astronomy Group Summer Research page which gives a list of current opportunities for summer work in astronomy and astrophysics in our school.
We are also able to host some research-based projects within the School; we are happy to see some of our students become members of the local research teams for part of the summer. Should you be interested in this sort of possibility, please talk with academic staff who may be able to provide a placement in a topic area of interest to you. You will need to convince them that you could be a useful temporary addition to their research team. It is possible that it will be available places in the School that will be the limiting factor, not sources of funding. If the staff member is willing to take you on, then they can sometimes help find funding to provide some support for your internship. In some cases a research proposal will be needed, and this will normally be worked up with major input from the potential supervisor.
Undergraduate Research placements in the School may be funded in various ways.
The School's Student-Staff Council has an annual budget from the School that can be used to provide some support for our students working in the School or elsewhere. Dr Donatella Cassettari is curently the staff member on the Vacation Awards committee, working with the student representatives.
|Two Major Awards - Closing date 2 March 2017 (Grenoble), 9 March 2017 (Astronomy) (Details)|
|High Field Lab (Grenoble)||£500|
|- Major Awards application form|
|Smaller Awards also available - Closing date 9 March 2017|
|- Smaller Awards application form|
The Physics Trust is an organisation based within the School that uses proceeds from a conference from many years ago to provide some financial support to students working in the School over the summer. The potential supervisor applies to the treasurer, via the School Office, for funding. The School plans to put additional funds into internships that will be considered in a similar way to Physics Trust funding.
Research Grants held by individual researchers in the School may be able to support a summer studentship in some cases. Your potential supervisor will know her or his own grants.
The Laidlaw Undergraduate Internship Programme in Research and Leadership provides 50 places across the University for undergraduates to work on a piece of research with an academic in their chosen school.
Wellcome Trust funded bursaries - you may wish to remind your potential supervisor that the University has a number of these to award, competitively across the University. The application deadline to the Dean may be April.
The Cormack Bequest adminstered by the Royal Society of Edinburgh provides funding each year for astronomy-based vacation placements across Scotland. Closing date for the last session was 5 pm, on Monday 30 March 2015.
Cormack Bequest Scholarships from RSE
The Nuffield Foundation has provided a number of Undergraduate Research Bursaries, but they are now focussing on younger learners.
The Carnegie Trust awards a number of prestigious vacation scholarships to selected students with a Scottish background. These would be applied for via the Awards Officer in Registry. In 2015 the deadline was mid-March.
Institute of Physics Work Placement Scheme
This is a scheme from the IOP where penultimate year students who are members of the IOP are able to apply for some funding for summer work placements in industry.
IOP work placement bursaries
Royal Astronomical Society
The Royal Astronomical society in partnership with the Nuffield Foundation have a number of bursaries available for internships in universities. Closing date is usually15 February. Please consult astronomy staff before applying.
RAS Undergraduate Research Bursaries
There are various opportunities for work and research placements elsewhere. Amongst others, people may wish to be aware of
- University Careers Centre pages on summer work experience, written by students in our School
- University Careers Centre pages on work experience
- Work placements within the admin sections of our University.
- Links to wide variety of internships via Prospects.ac.uk
- Gradcracker site advertising internships and careers for science, engineering, technology students
- The Institute of Cancer Research UG Vacation Scholarship Scheme
- Space Internships Network
- Third sector internships Scotland
- DAAD scholarships to work with PhD students in Germany for 8-12 weeks.
- Anglo Australian Observatory Student Fellowship Program (February closing date expected)
- Space Telescope Science Institute (February closing date expected)
- Amgen - worldwide scholarship scheme in science and biotechnology
- CERN - particle physics and associated science support
- FermiLab accelerator physics for international students
- Diamond Light Source - summer placements at this major synchrotron
- Institute Laue Langevin - neutrons for science
- National Physical Laboratory - measurement science
- Met Office
- EDF Energy
- Caltech Internships
- Standard Life
Updated Feb 2017