Graduate School

EPSRC Vacation Bursaries

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's (EPSRC) vacation bursary scheme supports undergraduate students to gain first-hand experience of scientific research.

The University has been awarded funding for 10 vacation bursaries over the 2010 summer holidays (24 June to 5 October 2010) and these have been allocated to the following qualifying departments:

This summer's vacation bursaries will last for 10 weeks, during which time successful students will undertake a research project. Each bursary-holder will receive a tax-free maintenance grant of £2,200 (£220 per week) and a £300 Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) will be provided to help pay for consumables and other expenses related to the student's project.

Interested students and their supervisors are invited to develop meaningful research projects that are within the EPSRC's remit and not part of the student's normal degree programme. Projects must have clearly defined objectives and can be linked to a much larger programme of research. Additionally, the EPSRC encourages projects to be in one of the Roberts shortage areas of Engineering, ICT, Materials and Statistics and Operational Research and/or have links with an industrial partner.

Please note that students must not be used as general assistants and must have adequate supervision.

Eligibility Criteria

For a student to be eligible for a vacation bursary they must:

  • Be in the middle years of an undergraduate degree that falls within the remit of the EPSRC (Students in their final year of undergraduate study are not eligible); and
  • Fulfil the eligibility requirements of the EPSRC's Doctoral Training Accounts (DTAs) by the end of their undergraduate degree. These are detailed at

Recruitment and Selection Process

Qualifying departments are autonomous to select the students they wish to award their allocation of bursaries to and are encouraged to promote the scheme as widely as possible.

Departments must notify Student Financial Support of the students they have selected by Wednesday, 28 April 2010. Selected candidates must be ranked in order of preference and one/two reserve candidates should also be provided where possible. An EPSRC Vacation Bursary Nomination Form needs to be submitted to Student Financial Support for each successful and reserve candidate by the nomination deadline.

Student Financial Support will formally offer bursaries to the successful students and arrange maintenance payments to award-holders over the summer vacation

Further Information

Mrs Andrea Bailey (Student Financial Support)
Tel: +44 (0)191 33 46485

Times Higher Education Awards

Durham University has won a prestigious national award for its work supporting young researchers. The Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers award was presented by the Times Higher Education magazine at its annual award ceremony in London.