REP Scheme

Summer Research Experience placements for current undergraduate students.

Applications for 2024 are now open. Please see our list of projects and How to Apply, below, to start your application.


IAPETUS2 are delighted to announce we will be running NERC’s Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme this summer, giving undergraduate students the opportunity to work within one of our universities or research institutes on a 6-8 week placement on an environmental sciences project.

The REP scheme is intended:

  • to support placements for those from underrepresented demographic and diversity-related groups in environmental sciences.
  • to address the quantitative skills gap in environmental sciences to enable students to apply for a PhD in this area.
  • to encourage students to consider a career in the environmental sciences.

As well as providing direct experience of the research environment, IAPETUS2 will support the career development of REP students by offering mentorship.

If you successfully complete a REP with us, and subsequently apply for a PhD with us, you are guaranteed to be longlisted into the Studentship Competition.

The IAPETUS2 Research Experience Placement scheme offers 6-8 week paid placements.   Please get in touch if you have any questions about the support we can provide to enable access to a placement.

How To Apply

If you are eligible to apply for a Research Experience Placement with IAPETUS2, please select a project from those listed here then do the following by the deadline of Friday 31st May 2024 (12pm GMT):

  1. Complete the online Research Experience Placement Application Form
  2. Submit your CV to
  3. Complete the online Research Experience Placement EDI Form.*

*Note that the EDI form is for monitoring purposes only and is NOT used to evaluate applicants to projects.

We will contact applicants about the outcome by mid June.

Please note all projects listed will be for 6-8 weeks in length, with flexibility for part-time working, and will take place over the summer of 2024. The agreed dates will be determined between IAPETUS2 and the applicant, following offer.

Eligibility of students

Students must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for a REP scheme. The students must:

  • Be undertaking their first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters).
  • Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding (Details of eligibility for PhD studentships can be found here
  • International students who are currently studying and living in the UK and who have a suitable UK visa to work are eligible to apply

IAPETUS2 is particularly interested to receive applications from Undergraduate students who are typically underrepresented within the Higher Education pathways. These could include (but are not limited to) students from ethnic minorities, those with a disability or from low-income backgrounds.


The full list of REP projects can be found here.


Any queries, please email 

***Please note that by submitting your Research Experience Placement application to , you are giving consent for your application to be circulated to the Academic Directors of IAPETUS2 at each of the partner organisations for the purpose of shortlisting.***


Choosing a project

If you have a question about the academic content of the project or your fit to that project, please contact the supervisor. If your question is about the process of the competition, please email


In order to apply for an IAPETUS2 DTP Research Experience Placement, please ensure that you 1) Complete the online Research Experience Placement Application form, 2) submit your CV to and 3) complete the online Research Experience Placement EDI form by the deadline of Friday 31st May 2024 at 12 midday.

To be eligible, you must be a registered undergraduate (or integrated Masters) student on the start date of the placement. If you graduate during the placement, you are still eligible, but unfortunately if you have graduated before the placement is due to start then you are not eligible

If you are eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding and are allowed to work in the UK, then you are eligible for this scheme. (Details of eligibility for PhD studentships can be found here. REPs do not meet the requirements for a visa request therefore international students who are not currently studying and living in the UK and who do not have a suitable UK visa are NOT eligible to apply.

Key Dates
May 31, 2024
Application Deadline
June 14, 2024
Research Experience Placement Offers sent out
June 21, 2024
Research Experience Placement Acceptance Deadline
September 30, 2024
Research Experience Placement Survey Deadline