Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

Details of the opportunities for Summer 2022 bursaries will be published in early 2022

In summer 2021, the LCN at UCL will launch its first research experience placements aimed at offering a research experience to undergraduate students from groups who are underrepresented in the LCN, and more widely in STEM research. 

For 2021, we are offering up to 3 research bursaries, of maximum 8 weeks duration to Black, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi students who are currently enrolled on a UCL undergraduate programme. The placement will cover up to 8 weeks of stipend, paid at the London living wage (currently £10.85 per hour) and provide a small budget for research related expenditure as required.

The projects offered by LCN academics will provide direct and relevant research experience to interested undergraduates in their 2nd, 3rd,or 4th year of study. Previous experience is not required, only enthusiasm and the intention to learn. During the project, students will be based in the LCN (covid-19 regulations permitting) within the research group of their academic supervisor, and provided with relevant training as required.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You are from one of the following ethnic groups:
    • Black (Black or Black British African, Black or Black British Caribbean, Black or Black British other or Mixed Black or Black British)
    • Pakistani (Pakistani or Pakistani British, or Pakistani Mixed or Pakistani Mixed British)
    • Bangladeshi (Bangladeshi or Bangladeshi British, or Bangladeshi Mixed or Bangladeshi Mixed British)
  • You are currently enrolled on an undergraduate programme in a STEM subject at UCL
  • You are in your 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of study


Application Process

Applications are for specific research projects as outlined in the list below. Projects have been put forward by an LCN academic to take place at UCL in summer 2021 and are for a duration of up to 8 weeks. Projects will be published as and when they become available.

Once you have selected the project and supervisor that you wish to work with, please submit the following

  • 1 page (max.) covering letter outlining your interests and suitability for your chosen project, and supervisor
  • CV
  • Up-to-date transcripts (screenshots from Portico are permitted)

Documentation should be submitted to

Review criteria

Proposals will be assessed based on their:

  • Benefit to the student in terms of training (including supervision arrangements)
  • Track record and academic potential of the student
  • Feasibility of the project, all factors considered

If you have any questions regarding specific projects please contact the supervisor of the relevant project directly, using the details on the project outline.

If you have any general questions on eligibility, or how to apply, please contact

Student Responsibilities 

Successful candidates will be required to have regular meetings with their supervisor (at least online and at least once a week) and to conduct the research project as agreed.  The exact project schedule and working arrangements will vary depending on the project. 

Current Project Outlines: