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Undergraduate research assistant scheme

The undergraduate research assistant scheme is aimed at giving undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in academic research. Students have the opportunity to enhance their learning experience by working on academic research projects with university faculty members.

Each school is allocated £2000 per academic year to spend on research assistants and are encouraged to employ at least 3 interns.

Schools are responsible for selection, administration, supervision, training and any ethical or safety clearances of their own assistants. 

The work undertaken by research assistants must fulfil the following requirements:

  • developmental for the student
  • academic in nature
  • research-based, ie related to either a research or a teaching project that is currently on-going or in advanced planning stages

Eligibility and payment

Assistantships are open to all University of St Andrews registered undergraduate students. Students in their last year of study must complete projects prior to graduation.

Projects are allocated in 6 hour blocks and students are paid £54 for each block of work completed. A student can hold more than one block, although no student should be asked to work hours that are incompatible with their studies.

How to apply and application dates

Each school will run its own internal recruitment and selection process. Students interested in the scheme should contact the Director of Research in their School or the staff member they are interested in working with.

Applications for semester 1 projects are now invited.  The application form must be completed by a member of staff and approved by the Director of Research. One Form per project is required. 

Application dates:


Application closing date

Reports due by


Friday, 25 September 2020

Friday, 15 January 2021


Friday, 5 February 2021

Friday, 4 June 2021


Friday, 25 June 2021

Friday, 3 September 2021

Internships can span more than one semester within an academic year (ie, semester 2 and summer).

Completion of project

On completion of the project, a brief report should be submitted to This should include:

  • student name
  • project title or description
  • confirmation that the project has been completed
  • 1-2 paragraphs describing the work undertaken

The Undergraduate Research Assistant Scheme will be recognised on students' Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Previous projects

General enquiries 

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