Summer Students
23 Feb 2012








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


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

The process usually goes "live" around 31 January, each year, at which point, emails are sent to the heads of the UK-PP Experimental Groups.

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 RAL (Oxfordshire) on one of our projects. These include ATLAS, CMS, Dark Matter, LHCb, LZ and T2K.

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.


Applicants must be in their 3rd year, and will normally be studying physics. They must already be eligible to work in the UK.

How to Apply

We require completed CVs, along with a Letter of Recommendation from your university tutor, by the date indicated in "Particulars for a Given Year".

  • These should be sent separately by email to
  • CVs should have "YYYY PPD Summer Student Application" as the subject of the email, where "YYYY" is the current year. Do not include additional information in your email, but put it in your CV.
    Your attached CV should have a file name "SURNAME, FIRSTNAME" and should be in pdf or Word format.
  • Letters of Recommendation should have "YYYY PPD Summer Student Reference" as the subject of the email. We anticipate these will come directly from your tutor (or another member of university staff who has supervised you).
    The attached letter should have a file name "SURNAME, FIRSTNAME".
Your CV should include:
  • Name
  • Home address
  • Correspondence address if different
  • Email address
  • Contact phone number (s)
  • Information about your current study:
    • University
    • Course name
    • Year of study (should be 3rd year!)
    • Subjects studied & results to date (details or a transcript)
  • Past academic record
    • Schools
    • Dates
    • Subjects studied and results
  • Project work you have undertaken
  • Past work experience
  • Computing experience
  • Interests and hobbies, etc
As well as
  • Preferred period of Studentship (in June-September) - at the top
  • Confirmation that you are eligible to live and work in UK (at the time of application) - at the top
  • A statement as to why you are interested in a Studentship

Do not include useful information in your email, as it will get lost.

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 21 March.  

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

Particulars for Given Year

  • 2020 - applications now closed

  • 2019 - applications now closed

  • 2018 - applications now closed

  • 2017 - applications now closed


1) Do you really want all the information indicated above in my CV ?

Yes ! We just want a single doc from you and a single doc from your supervisor. Else we have to cope with multiple docs and things get lost. Yes, this means it will be a longer than a normal CV.

2) What info do you want pertaining to my results for my university work ?

In the olden days, people just got an over-all grade (eg 2.1) as the conclusion to a year. Now we seem to have gone to more complicated (American?) schemes, giving marks for everything. So if you can give an overall grade for a year, that is fine. Also indicate subjects studied, eg QM, Thermodynamics, Optics etc. If you have a transcript, you can include that (eg. insert a pdf doc in your Word doc) ... and yes, that may make your "CV" quite a bit longer.

3) I am a student at a Scottish University, how do the eligibility requirements pertain to me ?

Scottish universities operate a bit differently from English ones. In 2019, we will consider only students who are doing the third year of the course or, if you had Direct Entry into the second year of the course, we will consider you if you are in your third year of study.

For 2020 and onwards, we will strictly only consider students who are in the third year of their university's course.

4) What do you want by way of proof of right to work in the UK ?

If you are a UK citizen, simply state this. For non-UK citizens, please confirm that you have the right to work in the UK and ideally include some documentary evidence in with your CV (same doc).

Please note that if you are offered a Studentship, our HR dept will check you right-to-work status very carefully before offering you a contract; so it would be frustrating for all concerned if it turned out that you did not have this right.

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)