Each year Royce makes funding available for researchers to host undergraduate student interns at their institution to complete a summer project on a materials science related topic.
Throughout the summer months, researchers work with their student interns to craft projects, establish them in the laboratory, and help them work alongside other group members. The funding is available to support an intern within a university core facility, department or academic group.
The scheme is open to applications from academic researchers in materials science across all UK HEIs and provides funding to support research, technical and outreach projects.
Applications are reviewed by the Royce Training team and funding are awarded based on the following criteria: Strength of project proposal, Relevance to Royce research areas, Benefits to the student, Benefits to the mentor and host.
Applications for the Royce Undergraduate Internship Scheme 2024 are now open.
This year we are expanding the scope of the scheme to support a wider range of internship projects, covering a greater diversity of career pathways that a student can take after a degree. As well as scientific projects, we are open to applications covering technical or experimental projects, as well as outreach or engagement activities on materials science.
If you are an early-career researcher (ECR) and have an interesting idea for a project around one of the above topics, please see the full details of the scheme and how to apply.
Jerry Mintah, a previous participant in the Royce Undergraduate Internship Scheme talks about his project and experiences on the Scheme.
Jerry discusses the work he conducted with the Faul Research Group alongside his Mentor, PhD candidate Basiram Brahma Narzary, and Supervisor, Professor Charl F. J. Faul, on the eight week Royce Summer Internship.
The research was published in the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Materials Chemical Frontiers Bifunctional metal-free porous polyimide networks for CO2 capture and conversion receiving much positive feedback from the scientific community. This study was highlighted on the inside front cover of the journal, and is published open access and freely available to download.