Summer Students
04 Aug 2021








  • ​Introduction
  • Eligibility
  • How to Apply
  • Particulars for a Given Year
  • Practical Help


We hope to offer around eight places for Summer Students each year.

Applications are now open for 2022.

We are looking for high-quality undergraduates who are currently in their 3rd year (only 3rd year) studying physics (in some cases, we may consider students studying Maths, Computer Science, Engineering). These Studentships are highly competitive.

Successful applicants will work with our staff at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory​ (Oxfordshire) on one of our projects. These include ATLAS, CMS, Dark Matter, LHCb, LZ and T2K. Placements at the Particle Physics Department and Boulby Laboratory are detailed here​.

Studentships will be for typically 8 weeks, in the period June to September.

Students will be responsible for their own accommodation and transport (we will try to help - see below), but will be paid of the order of 300 pounds per week to cover their expenses.

If you find you are not eligible for our scheme or you are interested in working in other STFC departments, please visit the STFC Summer Student page.​​

​Check out this video with our 2021 Summer Students



Applicants will normally be studying physics ​or similar discipline. They must already be eligible to work in the UK.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted via the UKRI careers portal.​

There is a certain amount of flexibility in start/end dates and we will try to match selected students to suitable projects.

We hope to come to conclusions and inform all applicants around 28 March. 

Application deadline is in early March or up until all positions are filled.

If you have questions about the process or the programme, contact ​

Practical Help 

The RAL postcode is area is OX11 0QX. Nearby villages/towns are:

  • Chilton - walking distance to RAL
  • Harwell - bike distance (long walk) to RAL
  • Didcot / Wantage - bus (bike ride if you are keen cyclist) to RAL
  • Abingdon - bus to RAL



Contact: Papanestis, Antonis (STFC,RAL,PPD)