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Santander Undergraduate Research Experience 2021

“I enjoyed being able to immerse myself in a challenging problem” Previous participant

Through an award from Santander, the AAPS, ART-AI and SAMBa Centres for Doctoral Training are supporting six Undergraduate Research Bursaries for women and under-represented gender identities (including non-binary, transgender, gender-fluid, gender non-conforming) during the summer of 2021. This scheme is only open to undergraduates at the University of Bath.

These bursaries provide a valuable experience for students who are considering a career in research to explore their potential and sample the research environment.

Overview and Eligibility

Each award is worth up to £2000 and can last up to 10 weeks.


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You can propose your own research project idea or select from one of our pool of predefined projects.

  • The scheme is open to current Bath undergraduate students, who are women or people of under-represented gender identities, studying any subject.
  • Funded projects must align with at least one of the three Bath CDTs: AAPS, ART-AI or SAMBa.
  • Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.
  • All research projects must have an identified academic supervisor.

Undergraduate Research Experience


Spending a period of time immersed in a research environment is a great way to delve into the detail of an interesting and challenging question. It will give you the chance to experience how to go about developing research ideas and methodology, and how to implement them. Whether you would like to pursue a career in academia or industry, this experience can be invaluable.

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are large PhD training programmes which span a broad research area. Linking your research experience to a CDT means you will have access to a framework of additional support such as mentoring from current PhD students, skills training workshops, and vibrant research environments.

Read about previous research experiences
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How to develop your application


Summary of the scheme

The scheme will fund six research projects up to £2000 each for Bath undergraduates to take place between 1 June and 30 September 2021. All projects must be supported by an academic supervisor at the University of Bath and be aligned to one of the three Centres for Doctoral Training highlighted below.

  • The deadline for applications is 23rd April 2021.
  • A panel will review all applications and applicants will be notified of the panel's decision by 7 May 2021.

Defining your research project

To develop your application, you can:

  • Come up with your own research project idea and find a supervisor who is interested in working with you on your project.
  • Identify a subject area you are interested in researching; identify an academic who works in this area and approach them to discuss the scheme and potential ideas.
  • Discuss the scheme with your tutor for advice and help to identify potential academics to approach.
  • Look at the list of research topics/projects proposed by potential supervisors.
  • Involve more than one supervisor – this may be especially useful for interdisciplinary projects.

Explore pre-defined projects

You may wish to explore the research experience, but not have a clear vision of the project you want to do. A number of our academics have put together project proposals that they would be interested in supervising. If any of the projects are of interest to you please contact the named academic. There is scope to develop these projects further as part of the application process.

There is no preference given to these pre-defined projects during the panel process. All projects are judged on their own merits.

Explore pre-defined projects

Applying for a Research Experience Bursary

**Deadline 23rd April**


First complete the application form, which will need to include:

  • A description from you about why you are interested in a research experience bursary
  • A supporting statement from your academic tutor
  • Information about the research project from your proposed research experience supervisor
  • The signature of your proposed supervisor's head of department

Then:

  • Upload your completed application form and academic transcripts to the Santander portal

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