REPs – How to Apply

REPs – How to Apply

Eligibility criteria

Students must meet all of the eligibility requirements listed below to apply for a REP:

· Be undertaking their first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters) – you may not be in your final year of your undergraduate degree.

· Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding, i.e.:

  • A UK citizen, OR
  • An EU citizen with pre- or settled status under the EU settlement scheme, OR
  • A non-EU citizen who has obtained the right to remain in the UK, OR
  • An International/EU student already studying in the UK and currently under a Tier 4 or Student Route Visa with validity until at least October 2024.



The deadline for applications will be 12:00 13th May 2024.  Browse available REP projects here.

  • In order to be considered for a placement, please apply to providing the following:
  • A supporting statement explaining your motivation for applying for this project. Please include answers to the following questions:
    • which project are you applying for?
    • why have you applied for this project (e.g. what interested you about this project, what in particular made you want to undertake this research)?
    • what do you hope to achieve by undertaking this placement (e.g. is it for experience, to gain skills, to develop your interests)?
    • what skills do you have that make you an ideal candidate for this placement (e.g. what skills have you developed during your degree that might apply)?
    • what do you hope to do when you complete your degree (e.g. have you considered a working in scientific research in the future, or is this your first experience)?
  • A recent CV
  • A reference from your personal tutor (please ask your tutor to send this to us directly)
  • An interim transcript if available
  • Please also complete the online EDI form (this form is a mandatory part of the application process, but contains ‘prefer not to say’ options for all questions asked)

Selection process

·  Applications are screened for eligibility

·  Applications are forwarded to supervisors (the EDI form is not included)

·  Supervisors shortlist candidates and interview for the placement.

Candidates will be scored according to the following criteria:

  • Fit to project (e.g. your current skills, area of study, interests)
  • Enthusiasm for environmental research (e.g. what you hope to achieve through undertaking this placement, why you chose this project in particular)
  • Evidence of suitability to undertake a research placement (e.g. evidence from your tutor reference, transcript, and CV that you are an engaged student)

Successful candidates will be informed by 7th June 2024