About the Summer Internships

Internships last 8 weeks between July and August and interns undertake a research project with supervision from a member of academic staff from our community of world-leading researchers. Example projects can be found on the projects page, though you could also contact a specific academic whose research you are interested in to discuss a potential project which is not already on the list.

Interns will also have daily contact with either a doctoral student, post-doctoral researcher or another academic supervisor who will provide support throughout the programme. A bursary of £3,429 is available to enable participation regardless of financial means. Accommodation will be provided at one of Oxford’s colleges for the duration of the internship.

The programme is designed to:

  • enhance research skills and provide opportunities to work towards producing publishable research
  • enhance ability to make a competitive application to postgraduate courses
  • introduce participants to leading researchers and staff at the University of Oxford
  • help address gender imbalances, particularly at doctoral level.

Eligibility Criteria

Students from any university in the UK or Ireland are welcome to apply. Applicants for the Statistics Summer Research Internships Programme must:

  • be ordinarily resident in the UK without any restrictions on how long they can stay. UK residence should not have been wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education
  • be currently undertaking an undergraduate (including an integrated master’s) degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or a closely related subject, and be in at least the second year of a course at a UK or Irish university
  • be on track to achieve a final undergraduate degree grade of a strong 2:1 or First.

How to Apply

We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are particularly keen to receive applications from female candidates as they are underrepresented in this field. 

Scan the below QR code or click here to access the online application form.

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As part of the application process you will be required to submit supporting documents (including your CV, transcripts and a supporting statement) as PDF's, and provide the contact details for two referees.

PLEASE NOTE: The above link is to apply to the Statistics Summer Research Internship Programme. If you are looking to apply to the UNIQ+ Research Internship programme, please visit the UNIQ+ website as the two schemes have separate admissions processes.

After Application

Assessment of your Application

Selection for the Statistics Summer Research Internships Programme will be made on the basis of the following information collected in the application form:

  • your academic merit and potential to do research in the relevant field, as evidenced by your academic record and references; and
  • female applicants may be given preference in the assessment process because this group is underrepresented in research degree programmes in Statistics. The university is taking positive action under the Equality Act 2010 to tackle the under-representation of female UK-resident students in statistics subjects at Oxford and to encourage more female students to apply for graduate study.

Successful Applications

If you are successful, you will receive an email confirming your place on the internship programme, what you’ll need to do next and information on how to prepare for your research placement.

Unsuccessful Applications

If you aren’t successful, you might be placed on a waiting list – if so, we will let you know when you can expect to hear whether you’ve secured a place.


If you need further information, please email internships@stats.ox.ac.uk.