Students in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) course studying at a state-maintained school or college in the UK will be able to apply for a bursary to develop their research and quantitative skills. Nuffield Research Placements (previously Nuffield Science Bursaries) provide over 1,000 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists (including quantitative social scientists), technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
Nuffield Research Placements take place in the summer holidays after Year 12 (England) or equivalent, placements are typically for between 4 and 6 weeks and can be in a university, research institute, company or voluntary organisation.
Most projects are based in an office, but some include working in a laboratory or fieldwork. The funding will cover the travel costs of all students and depending on the family's circumstances some applicants may also be eligible to receive a bursary of £100 for each week of the placement.
To be eligible for a bursary applicants will need to meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Living, or have lived in, local authority care.
- Come from a family with a combined household income of below £30,000 a year.
- Entitled to free schools meals, either now or at any time in the last six years.
Placements take place across the UK and are administered at a regional level by a network of Nuffield Coordinators.