Research Experience Placements (REPs)

The NERC Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme recognises that there is a shortage of individuals with quantitative skills coming into environmental science, and new for 2021, also recognises demographic and diversity-related challenges in the environmental sciences.

The REP scheme aims to address this skills gap and underrepresentation by offering funding to support paid summer placements for undergraduate students; providing an opportunity to engage in active research projects, enhance skills, and gain valuable experience of what it is like to be a postgraduate researcher within the environmental sciences.

Summer 2021 placements for undergraduate students

  • Investigating food webs in and around streams under forest-to-bog restoration in the Flow Country.
    Environmental Research Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands. Applications now closed.
  • Optofluidic assessment of thaumarchaeota association with pollutant tolerance in halichondria panicea holobionts during ammonia perturbation.
    University of Aberdeen. Applications now closed.
  • Artificial Intelligence for intelligent fishing.
    University of Aberdeen. Applications now closed.
  • Optimizing a citizen-science tool used to inform mangrove crab fisheries management in Brazil.
    Edinburgh Napier University. Applications now closed.



Information for applicants on eligibility, funding, supervision and reporting can be found in our REP FAQs.

Supervisors should refer to our SUPER DTP REP 2021 for guidance and important details regarding project responsibilities, funding and student eligibility.


The REP experience

Our SUPER DTP REP testimonials from previous REP students and supervisors provide a flavour of what it is like to undertake a Research Experience Placement and some of the outcomes and benefits.