ARC Summer Studentships 2018


The QUB Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) is offering three summer internship positions to work on research projects with members of the group. The goal of this scheme is to allow undergraduate students to gain some experience of working on a research project, which will be of particular value to those who are considering applying for a PhD degree program in the future.

This studentship program is open to undergraduate students. Preference will be given to those who have already completed three years of study of a four-year MSci/MPhys degree course, or equivalent, although students who have completed two years of a four-year degree will be considered.

Available projects

Projects are available for exciting new research into cataclysmic stars, our Sun, and extrasolar planets.

Timing and duration

The studentships are expected to be 8 weeks. Projects should be completed in the timeframe 4th June 2018 - 14th September 2018. Specific start and end dates are to be agreed by mutual consent between the student and the supervisor(s). It will be a condition on any offered studentship that mutually convenient dates are agreed.

Student support

A modest stipend (£1000) will be offered by the ARC to each student to help cover living expenses.

How to apply

Complete the application form and return to Dr Michele Bannister ( by 13 April.

Selection criteria

Selection will be based on academic excellence, with priority given to students who will benefit from gaining research experience before applying to an astrophysics PhD program. Accordingly, these projects are well suited to undergraduates about to start their final year of a MSci/MPhys program (or equivalent), although applications will be considered from students who have completed at least two years of such a degree course.

Further information

For further information about the studentship scheme please contact Dr Michele Bannister (, or if your query is related to Admin, please contact Emma Finnegan (

Note for QUB applicants

Students who are accepted onto the summer studentship program will not be disadvantaged when it comes to selecting an MSci Level 4 project in astrophysics (or any other topic) at QUB in their final year. Of course, a student cannot do the same specific project for their MSci project module (PHY4030) as they did for the summer project. However all the projects above have been designed to be self-contained summer projects, and we will ensure that students allocated summer projects are not working on that area in their MSci project. Any student doing both a summer project and MSci Level 4 project will gain experience in two different areas of astrophysics.

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