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Undergraduate Research Internship Programme (URIP)

The Undergraduate Research Internship Programme (URIP) was launched in 2008 in response to the teaching and learning enhancement theme 'Research Teaching Linkages'. Under the URIP scheme, the University of St Andrews funds 20 undergraduates to carry out research over ten weeks during the summer vacation. The students work on independent projects under the guidance and supervision of a member of academic staff.

URIP allows St Andrews undergraduates to develop the skills needed to carry out independent studies by introducing them to the world-class research that St Andrews academics conduct. It helps students to understand the type of work they might wish to pursue after graduating, whether that is in research or not.

The URIP awards form part of a University-wide programme of undergraduate summer research. A number of academic Schools run their own summer undergraduate programmes that fund up to 50 additional placements. Further awards are received from UK sponsors of research, including The Wellcome Trust, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Nuffield Foundation and Carnegie Trust.

Call for Applications for the 2014 URIP Scheme 

The 2014 URIP scheme is now open for applications.  The closing date is Friday, 14 March 2014 and the results will be announced by Friday 4 April 2014.  Twenty studentships will be awarded this year, as last year, and all students who complete the programme will have this confirmed by way of an addition to their Academic Transcript.  Further details about this year's programme, along with information on how to apply are included in Call for 2014 URIP Applications (PDF, 119 KB)

Report on the 2013 URIP Scheme

EPSRC Awards

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funds a number of places on summer undergraduate internship programmes and these are also administered by the Deans Office. A call for applications will be circulated to all relevant Academic Schools in January 2014.  Call for 2014 EPSRC Applications (PDF, 89 KB)

Other University Internship Programmes

Follow these links to find out about other opportunities for undergraduates to gain research experience. These links will take you to the academic School that administers these additional programmes and you should address enquiries directly to them. Note that these programmes are only open to St Andrews undergraduates unless it is clearly stated otherwise.

  • School of Physics and Astronomy
  • School of Mathematics and Statistics summer research programme. Research projects are available in pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics. For more information, please contact Professor Lars Olsen via email lo@st-andrews.ac.uk

Scholars at Risk Network Internships

These are administered by the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR), an international network of universities (of which St Andrews is a member) dedicated to promoting academic freedom and defending the human rights of scholars worldwide. Closing dates in April, September and December. See Scholars at Risk Network weblink