Research Experience bursary scheme

The University of Birmingham Undergraduate Research Experience scheme offers financial support for undergraduates (except final years) to undertake work experience or a research placement in the summer vacation.

Careers Network has provided the below information to support you with completing your Work Experience Bursary application form. Please click on the relevant hyperlink to find out more.

Applications are now closed


It is highly recommended to read each section of information in detail to ensure you complete your application to a suitable standard. If you have any questions or require further information, you can contact the Careers Network Internship Officer responsible for managing the bursary for which you are applying, by emailing

Once the application deadline has passed, all applications received on-line will be assessed by Careers Network staff. Applicants who are successful in passing this first assessment stage will then be invited to attend a short panel interview and to deliver a five minute presentation, training for which will be provided. If you pass both of these stages, you may then be granted a bursary.

Interview skills

If you are successful in your initial application, you will be invited to attend an interview. For more information about interview skills, visit our interview resources:

  • Preparing for an interview

Who can apply

The scheme is open to all undergraduate students, including international students, except those in their final year. You must source your own internship / work experience.

Support available

The scheme provides you with a bursary of up to £500 to cover the costs of undertaking research experience in the summer vacation.

You will also have access to mentoring and post placement support from Doctoral Researchers, as well as attendance at the “Taking it to the next Degree Workshop” about studying for a PhD.

The amount you apply for will depend on the individual circumstances of your proposed work experience. Expenses funded include:

  • Accommodation costs
  • Travel expenses
  • Living costs and utilities bills
  • Insurance

Previous winners

See details of previous winners of our work experience funding schemes and their experiences.


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