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. To do this, we will be offering a number of funded internships over the summer of 2022, where successful applicants will get the opportunity to carry out an independent, self-contained programme of enquiry in a live research area.

We also offer a research development programme that is open to all undergraduate students at the University of Strathclyde on funded summer internships, work placements or projects. Students funded by RI@S, EPSRC, and Carnegie summer scholarships are automatically invited to participate in the programme. If you are not funded by one of these schemes, but wish to participate please do get in touch via the contact details below.

The programme offers skills training, workshops, and 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 stipend equivalent to the Scottish Living Wage (2021-22)
  • Opens 24 January 2022
  • Deadline 18 March 2022
  • Help with Internship, work placement or project costs
  • Duration Flexible

Eligibility

RI@S 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).

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 only submit one application to the RI@S programme, though are encouraged to apply for other summer internships available to them. Students should be encouraged to apply for the Carnegie Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships given their prestige and if successful make this their first choice.

Project Details

RI@S encourages flexible working in the projects that we fund to enable students to apply alongside other commitments. As such we offer the following:

  1. 30 hours per week – for up to a maximum of 8 weeks.
  2. 15 hours per week – for up to a maximum of 10 weeks.

RI@S particularly encourages both limited projects (of up to four weeks) and part-time projects. We will also consider additional flexible working arrangements for summer internships, and supervisors should get in touch with us before submitting an application to discuss these.

RI@S funded internships should take place over the summer. They should begin at the earliest by the 1st June 2022 and should be completed by the 31st August 2022. The precise dates of the project, and the working pattern, should be 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. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that these are completed.

We particularly encourage projects that align to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the complex global challenges we must address in order to ensure a sustainable, equitable future for all. The SDGs are broad in scope, addressing a wide range of social, economic and environmental factors, including poverty, climate change, inequality and health and wellbeing. All UN member states adopted the SDGs in 2015 as part of Agenda 2030, which set out a 15 year plan to meet these ambitious goals. Strathclyde has committed to delivering the SDGs by placing Education for Sustainable Development at the heart of our curricula and enabling students to address these challenges. You can learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals here.

Further Information

Application Process

Application forms for RI@S are divided into two sections; one for the Supervisor and one for the Student. The Student cannot complete their part of the form until the Supervisor has successfully submitted their part of the form with all relevant project information.

Funding

The scholarships provided by Research Interns @ Strathclyde (RI@S) are intended to cover the costs of a living wage for the student intern, and do not cover any additional research costs.

If projects are able to cover 100% of the costs (including internship wages) from either internal or external sources, this should be declared within the relevant section of the application form. We also consider partially funded applications. Where an external partner (private, public or charitable organisation) is involved, a contribution to the funding of the internship should be sought.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is RI@S a competitive scheme?

Yes. In the academic year 2020-21, we received 116 applications, of which 26 were successful.

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

Applications close on the 18th March 2022. Students and Supervisors will be notified of the outcome in early May.

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

No. Only undergraduate students in their penultimate (second-to-last) year of their programme are eligible to apply. This means you can apply if you’re in the third year of a four-year-degree, or the fourth year of a five-year-degree (integrated Masters).

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 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, a staff member 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 must be separate from the work you do for your degree programme.

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

Yes, you can apply for multiple different internship schemes but 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 you would allow a place on RI@S for another student.

When does the internship start and finish?

There is a lot of flexibility in when you can undertake the work for your internship in order to find a fit that works for you. Internships can take place any time in June, July and August. The precise timing of the internship should be agreed by the student and the supervisor.

How to apply

The RI@S Scholarship is now open, and applications can be submitted through the Application Form. Please note this form is for Supervisors only. Students will receive their segment of the application following the submission of the Supervisor's part.

Guidance on the application process can be found below. Any questions, please contact researchinterns-admin@strath.ac.uk.

Applications cannot be saved once that have been started. We recommend use of the questions attached to assist you in the preparations of your responses.

Research Interns @ Strathclyde Guidance 2021-22

Research Interns @ Strathclyde Student Application 2021-22

Research Interns @ Strathclyde Supervisor Application 2021-22


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