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EPSRC Doctoral Training Opportunities


To be considered for a place on the scheme, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are currently in the penultimate year of your undergraduate degree course (i.e. the internship will take place in the summer between completing your penultimate year and starting your final year of your undergraduate degree). Those on four year degrees should currently be in their second year, with the internship taking place before the start of their third year.
  • You will be available to participate in all elements of the programme throughout the 8 weeks during normal working hours (9 am to 5 pm on weekdays) from Monday 8 July to Friday 30 August
  • You must be studying for an undergraduate degree in a Physical Sciences (Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography, Materials Science and Metallurgy, Mathematics (applied and pure), Physics) or Technology (Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, Computer Science and Technology) discipline at a UK or Republic of Ireland higher education institution
  • You must be on course for a 1st or a 2i
  • Have, or expect to have and be able to prove right to live and work full time in the UK for the duration of the programme. Right to Work checks will be carried out for successful applicants.

Please note that most Tier 4 visa holders can undertake summer internship work, as long as the internship takes place during the summer break. Please check the terms of your visa to ensure this is the case before applying.

In addition to the above, you should also meet at least one of any of the listed widening participation criteria set out in the separate Widening Participation (WP) Form (summarised below)

You identify as belonging to one of the following ethnic groups that is currently underrepresented in the School of the Physical Sciences and School of Technology at the University of Cambridge:

  • Black or Black British, especially African Black or Black British - Caribbean
  • Mixed Black or Black British, especially Caribbean Other Black or Black British ethnicity
  • Asian or Asian British, especially Bangladeshi Asian or Asian British - Pakistani Refugee Status


You are of any ethnicity, and received most of your secondary education in the UK, and any of the following apply to you:

  • You were eligible for Free School Meals at secondary school.
  • You are in the first generation of your family to go to university
  • You entered university at undergraduate level from a Care background or as a Foyer resident.
  • You are estranged from immediate family or designated care-givers, that is, you are studying for your undergraduate degree without the support and approval of a family network.
  • You have been a young carer under the age of 18 or currently have caring responsibilities
  • You are in receipt of full state support for maintenance for this course of undergraduate study.
  • You entered your current undergraduate course as a mature student (that is, aged 21 or over).
  • You have been granted refugee status in the UK