Scholarships & funding opportunities

Research Interns@Strathclyde

The goal of Research Interns @ Strathclyde (RI@S) is to provide undergraduates with direct experience of real research environments. By undertaking a funded internship over the summer of 2021, you will get the opportunity to carry out an independent, self-contained programme of enquiry in a live research area. The programme offers hands-on insight into the breadth of opportunity in research and is particularly suited for students considering further study and a career in research, inside or outside academia.

  • Value A weekly stipend equivalent to the Scottish Living Wage
  • Opens 8 February 2021
  • Deadline 1 April 2021
  • Help with Internship, work placement or project costs
  • Duration Maximum 8 or 10 weeks


The programme is aimed at undergraduate students (including international students) of the University of Strathclyde in their penultimate year, i.e. students in the third year of a four-year degree, or the fourth year of a five-year degree (integrated Masters). Due to the cancellation of last year’s programme, undergraduate students in the final year of their programme are eligible to apply.

Postgraduate students and students who have already completed their undergraduate studies are not eligible to apply.

Incoming exchange students are also not eligible as they cannot participate in the whole programme due to the limited time they spend in the University. This does not apply to outgoing Strathclyde students.

The RI@S funding cannot be used to support research that forms part of a credit bearing programme. While the experience should strongly benefit a student's studies through the skills developed, the actual work must not be part of, or directly contribute to, any undergraduate degree programme.

Students may apply for more than one internship but supervisors must ensure that only one award is taken up. Candidates should be encouraged to apply for the Carnegie Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships given their prestige and if successful make this their first choice.

As part of their RI@S internship, successful students are required to participate in three half-day sessions designed to help them make the most of their internship. There will also be a small number of activities, including the creation of a research poster based on their internship.  

Learning & Teaching Enhancement strand

Up to four of the RI@S internships will be reserved for research projects focused on the enhancement of learning and teaching in higher education. For instance, these could be projects that evaluate the effectiveness of a particular educational intervention, explore the learning experiences of a particular group of students, or illuminate key concepts in contemporary learning and teaching in higher education. Applications for this internship strand will be considered separately. Supervisors can indicate on the application system if they wish their application to be considered for the Learning and Teaching Enhancement strand rather than the main RI@S strand.

Project Details

Internships can last for a maximum of 8 weeks for full-time projects (30 hours per week) and 10 weeks for part-time projects (15 hours per week).

They take place over the summer, beginning by 1st June at the earliest and ending by 31st August at the latest, with the precise dates and working pattern being agreed between the student and their supervisor.

The research activity in which RI@S interns will be involved must constitute an independent, self-contained programme of enquiry that has its own specified aims and objectives. It might, where relevant, form part of a larger programme of work in which the student, the department or research group is engaged. Additionally, the research could be undertaken in local and regional organisations, businesses and community agencies and development projects with which the department or student has links.  Any type of research activity that is normally conducted within the faculties will be considered for support and sponsorship. All research that is conducted, on or off campus, will be subject to relevant legislation and regulations, including ethical approval, health and safety requirements, risk analysis and the University policy on academic misconduct. 

Where an external partner (private, public or charitable organisation) is involved, a contribution to the funding of the internship should be sought.

Further Information

Further information is available in: 

RI@S 2021 information for students

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions.

Is RI@S a competitive scheme?

Yes. In the academic year 2018-19, year we received 76 applications, of which 22 were successful. 

How will my RI@S application be judged?

The application will be judged on three aspects:

  1. your academic performance as a student (based on your transcript)
  2. the quality of the research proposal submitted by your supervisor
  3. the quality of the student application that you submit. More information about the judging criteria is available by clicking on the ‘How to apply’ link on the right

When will I find out if my application has been successful?

Applications close on the 1st April, and students and supervisors will be notified of the outcome in late May.

I’m a postgraduate student, can I apply to the RI@S scheme?

No. Only undergraduate students in their penultimate year are eligible to apply: i.e. undergraduate students in the third year of a four-year degree, or the fourth year of a five-year degree (integrated Masters). For this year, undergraduate students in the final year of their programme are also eligible to apply.

If I’m not eligible for the RI@S scheme, are there any other internships or scholarships I could apply for?

There are range of scholarships available to Strathclyde students. They are listed on the Scholarships webpage.

I’m a second-year student, can I apply to the RI@S scheme?

No, only students in the penultimate year or final year of their programme are eligible to apply. We encourage you to apply next year.

I don’t have a supervisor yet, can I submit an application to the RI@S scheme?

No. The first stage of a RI@S application is created by a member of staff acting as a supervisor. A student cannot submit an application on their own.

I don’t have a supervisor and I don’t know how to get one, what should I do?

Departmental webpages include lists of academic staff, with their research interests and lists of publications. You can use that information to find academic staff working in areas that you find interesting, and then approach them to act as your supervisor.

Alternatively, your lecturers are likely to know the research interests of academic in their department, and may be able to suggest academics for you to contact.

If there is a class that you find particularly interesting, a good first step could be to approach the lecturer teaching that class to see if they would be willing to supervise a project in that area.

Do I have to come up with the idea for my research project?

There are different ways of developing the research proposal. You can develop it yourself, in discussion with your supervisor. Alternatively, an academic may already have an idea for a research project.

Can I apply to the RI@S scheme for funding to support me to complete my dissertation?

No. The work that you do for the RI@S internship should be separate from the work you do for your degree programme.

I’m going to be away for some of the summer vacation, can I still apply to the RI@S scheme?

There is a lot of flexibility in when you undertake the work for your internship. Internships can take place any time in June, July and August. You and your supervisor will agree when the work takes place.

Can I apply to the RI@S scheme as well as the Carnegie scheme?

Yes you can apply for multiple different internship schemes, however you will only be able to accept one offer. If you are successful for both the RI@S and the Carnegie scheme, you will be expected to accept the Carnegie offer, as it is an externally-funded scheme that carries national prestige.

When does the internship start and finish?

The precise timing of the internship should be agreed by the student and the supervisor. The internship should start no earlier than 1st June 2021, and should finish no later than 31st August 2021.

Will I receive any training or other development during the internship?

Your supervisor and/or department may provide specific training for your discipline. There will also be training and development provided as part of the RI@S scheme. This will consist of a small number of half-day events designed to help you get the most out of your internship, with sessions on a topics such as communicating research findings to a general audience, building a research network, careers in research, etc.

There will a small number of activities alongside these sessions, such as creating a research poster.

How will I be able to present the research I do during the internship?

There will be a poster event after the summer, where you can present your research to a wider audience. Your supervisor may also provide opportunities to disseminate your research. In the past, RI@S interns have presented their research at the British Conference for Undergraduate Research (BCUR), an annual conference where students present their research findings.

How to apply

Sorry this scholarship is currently closed for applications but will open on the 8th February 2021.