Research Experience Placements

The NERC Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme recognises that there is a shortage of individuals with quantitative skills coming into environmental science, and 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 2022 placements

The following projects are currently looking for undergraduate students for 6-10 weeks over the summer of 2022. Further information and details on how to apply will be available over the next few weeks.

  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a Scottish ombrotrophic peatland, University of Aberdeen
  • Using topological and geometrical analysis to gain insights into how species respond to changing environments, University of Aberdeen
  • 3D benthos mapping with deep learning, University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Longitudinal variation in methane incorporation into stream food webs, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Assessing the potential to develop an automated seabird survey protocol using UAV acquired images, University of St Andrews


Supervisors should refer to our SUPER DTP REP 2022 guidance for important details regarding project responsibilities, funding, and student eligibility.

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

The REP experience

Find out some of the outcomes and benefits of a Research Experience Placement from previous REP students and supervisors in our SUPER DTP REP testimonials.

Previous placements

The following placements took place in the summer of 2021:

  • 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.
  • Optofluidic assessment of thaumarchaeota association with pollutant tolerance in halichondria panicea holobionts during ammonia perturbation, University of Aberdeen.
  • Artificial Intelligence for intelligent fishing, University of Aberdeen.
  • Optimizing a citizen-science tool used to inform mangrove crab fisheries management in Brazil, Edinburgh Napier University.