Research Experience Placements (REPs)


tudent eligibility

The NERC REP scheme is open to undergraduate students from any science discipline.

Applications are particularly welcome from:

  • Undergraduates from groups which are currently under-represented across the SUPER DTP- undergraduates who are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) or from the first generation in their family to go to university.
  • Undergraduates currently studying in a quantitative/data-based discipline who are interested in applying their skills within the environmental sciences.

To apply for one of our SUPER DTP REPs, students need to meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be undertaking your first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters). You need to be a registered student at the time of the placement taking place and therefore final year undergraduates are not eligible to apply.
  • You must be applying for a placement in a different department/discipline to your undergraduate degree.
  • You must be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding (updated guidance on EU and international eligibility here), i.e.:
    • A UK citizen, OR
    • An EU citizen with pre- or settled status under the EU settlement scheme, OR
    • A non-EU citizen who has obtained the right to remain in the UK, OR
    • An International/EU student already studying in the UK and currently under a Tier 4 or Student Route Visa with validity until at least October 2021.


REP students will be made an employee of the hosting University and will receive a salary for the duration of the placement at a minimum level of the national living wage, as well as a contribution towards research and training expenses of up to £500.

There are no further funds available for relocation or living expenses and students must be resident in the UK during the placement.

How to apply

Use the links for the placement opportunities listed on our REP webpage for more information about each project and details on how to apply.


REP students will benefit from the guidance of supervisors at the host University and also mentorship from a SUPER DTP PhD student.


REP students, along with their project supervisor at the hosting organisation, will be required to complete a brief report for NERC on the outcome of the placement.