- 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
Applications will be submitted via the UKRI careers portal. A link will be included here.
A Letter of Recommendation from your university tutor, should be sent separately by email to Terry.Cornford@stfc.ac.uk. 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 21 March.
If you have questions about the process or the programme, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Particulars for Given Year
2020 - 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
2) 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.
RAL postcode is area is OX11 0QX. Nearby villages/towns are:
- walking distance to RAL
- bike distance (long walk) to RAL
/ Wantage - bus (bike ride if you are keen cyclist) to RAL
- bus to RAL