Studentship Opportunities

UCL Engineering offers three summer studentship programmes to students within the faculty:

  • Teaching and Learning Support Studentship
  • Undergraduate Research Studentships

Students and Academic staff may apply to either of these programmes. The deadline for applications has now been extended to Monday, April 13th

All offer a stipend of £250 for students to pursue a project developed in collaboration with an academic over a number of weeks in the summer. Projects can be pieces of research, videos to help in teaching, or developing new equipment.

Students may apply to either, but only one, of these programmes, and so are invited to choose the one that suits them best.

Applications to all schemes will be considered by a studentship committee chaired by Dr John Mitchell, Vice-Dean Education.

Teaching and Learning Support Studentship

These grants are intended to allow individual academics to work with (paid) undergraduate or postgraduate students to develop e-learning content or activities for use in engineering courses.

Examples of the types of project considered include:

  • Converting paper based problems to Moodle quizzes or similar.
  • Creating interactive e-books or i-books from course material.
  • Developing videos, either as a substitute for live lectures or as introductory material.
  • Developing support material for student laboratories.
  • Developing support material for student laboratories.
  • Collecting and analysing data for education research studies.

This list is not prescriptive, and all proposals will be considered. Staff and students may discuss a project together, or may send ideas separately to be matched with an appropriate partner.


 Open to all students.


The studentship will pay £250 per week for up to 8 weeks, typically starting from the beginning of July. Training will be provided appropriate to the requirements of the project.

Submission Instructions:

Students should send their CV, a maximum of two pages long, including academic grades and skills appropriate to develop teaching materials (i.e. subjects studied, design, coding experience etc.) to Paula Broome, by 5pm on Monday, April 13th.

Staff wishing to supervise a student should send a one page description of the project proposed, including details of any innovative aspects and the improvements it will bring to their teaching Paula Broome by 5pm on Monday, April 13th.

If staff and students have already discussed a project this should be made clear in both applications.

Research Studentships

To encourage the best of our undergraduates to consider a career in Research and Development, and see the excitement of working at the leading edge of research, UCL Engineering is offering 22 vacation studentship. This covers two schemes.

  1. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme

Funded by the faculty, the scheme provides studentships for project of up to 12 weeks.

  1. EPSRC Vacation Bursaries.

UCL participates in the EPSRC vacation bursary scheme for students to undertake research project of between 4 weeks (minimum) and 10 weeks (maximum) in an area within the EPSRC remit. This year up to 12 summer vacation bursaries are available on an open, competitive basis across the Faculty. Awards are normally calculated to reflect the recommended weekly stipend (£250) and consumables allowance (up to £500). Student must meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria by the end of their degree.

Previous successful applications have been:

  • Diamond Devices for Biomedical Sensing
  • The Hydration of Fatty Acids on the Hair’s Surface
  • Probing the Microhemodynamics in Ocular Patholgies using Microfluidic Technology
  • Helping “yellow” babies: screening neonatal jaundice with digital photography
  • Developing a low-cost atomic force microscope


These studentships are available to students who are not in their first or final year of their undergraduate degree programme.

The scheme is open to the students from MAPS or Engineering Sciences Faculties, for project based in the Faculty of Engineering.

International overseas students are not eligible for the EPSRC studentships, but will be considered for the Faculty of Engineering sponsored studentships.

Details of the scheme:

  1. 1. The Studentship committee (comprising academics from FES departments) will annually invite nominations and proposals, to be received by the 27th of March.
  2. 2. The nominated submissions will include a CV from the student and a project description written in collaboration with the supervisor
  3. 3. The studentship committee will select the best 22 proposals/students and notify the selected participants by the end of April.
  4. 4. Projects must have a clearly defined outcome and may not form part of a student’s degree programme. Proposers should think about how the bursary will provide the student with opportunities to explore and obtain research experience.
  5. 5. For those students granted an EPSRC studentship additional criteria specified by EPSRC will need to be met. The criteria can be found at the following link: EPSRC’s eligibility criteria. The committee will allocate the most appropriate studentship (Faculty or EPSRC) to the student based on the ESPRC criteria.
  6. 6. The studentship committee will ask for a two-page report from the student and a brief report from the supervisor. A half a day poster display (or presentation day – to be confirmed) will be held in FES to enable the judgement of the supported projects. An award of £250 will be made for the best project each year.  The report must be submitted by 30thSeptember of each year.


Review Criteria:

Proposals will be assessed based on their:

  • Quality,
  • Planning and project management,
  • Benefit to the student in terms of training (including supervision arrangements)
  • Track record and academic potential of the student

Submission Instructions:

A single proposal submission should be made by either the UCL academic member of staff who will act as the student’s supervisor during the project or the student applicant. Proposals should be in the form of a 1-side A4 case for support (maximum 11 pt. font, 2 cm margins all around) and a 2-side CV of the student.

The case for support should include the name and department of the supervisor, the name and student number of the student, fee status (for EPSRC eligibility criteria) and the proposed duration of the project.

Applications should be sent to Paula Broome, by 5pm on Monday, April 13th.

The studentship committee will be chaired by the Vice-Dean Education, Dr John Mitchell (ku.ca1448941763.lcu@1448941763llehc1448941763tim.j1448941763), who can be contacted for further details.