Surrey Black Scholars Summer Research Internships - Apply before 29th March 2023

As part of the University of Surrey’s flagship scheme for improving the wellbeing, attainment and retention of Black and Mixed-Black students, we are delighted to announce that we are accepting applications for University of Surrey Undergraduate Vacation Research Internships for summer 2023. Funded by Office for Students and Research England, the SURREY BLACK SCHOLARS: To Become Visible programme aims to improve the pipeline into postgraduate research and academic careers for Black and Mixed-Black undergraduates at Surrey.

The Vacation Research Internships offer undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to work with academics and get a taste of research.  The internships are funded by the University of Surrey, Surrey Black Scholars project and EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

Through the scheme you will have access to:

The opportunity to gain practical, first-hand experience of research.  This is invaluable if you are considering a research career, including going on to do a PhD.

Leadership and guidance from academic experts

The research facilities you need to undertake your project

A salary of £10.61 per hour for up to 350 hours

Funds of up to £300 for research consumables

Internships are to be undertaken between 12th June – 1st September 2023

An internship will be funded for up to 350 hours (35 hours x 10 weeks or part-time equivalent).

FEPS internships funded by EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership should last an average of 10 weeks.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by Friday 5th May 2023.

Please note if you are successful, we will ask you to confirm acceptance of the offer of an internship by a specific deadline.  Please keep an eye on your email.

At the end of the Vacation Internship

You will be asked to submit a 1-page report on your project and complete an evaluation form to feedback on your experience.

Salary Payment administration

Unitemps will conduct pre-employment checks and administer pay.  Students will submit timesheets via the Unitemps portal, and the primary Supervisor will authorise the timesheets.  Salaries will be paid according to the Unitemps payroll calendar.


£300 is available to use to purchase consumables.  These are items that will be required to enable you to undertake your research.  The funds are not available to be used for publishing results.  Please purchase your consumables before the end of the 2022/23 financial year – 31st July 2023.

Key Dates

Deadline for applications 29th March 2023, 16.00 hrs
Notification of outcome by 5th May 2023
Earliest start date 12th June 2023
Latest end date 1st September 2023
Report deadline 8th September 2023


To discuss the Surrey Black Scholars Summer Research Internship scheme, contact Jane Pango, Doctoral College Placement & Employability Coordinator, or Jay Rowe, Research Project Manager for the Surrey Black Scholars programme, 

The University of Surrey's flagship scheme for improving the wellbeing, attainment and retention of Black and Mixed-Black students