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 open around the end of January (next round 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.

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 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

Applications should be submitted via the UKRI careers portal. A link will be posted to this page.

A Letter of Recommendation from your university tutor, should be sent separately by email to 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".

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.  

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

Particulars for Given Year

  • 2021 - applications now closed

  • 2​020 - applications now closed

  • 2019 - applications now closed

  • 2018 - applications now closed

  • 2017 - applications now closed


1) 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.

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)