About the Summer Internships
Internships last eight 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.
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 to access the online application form.
As part of the application process you will be required to submit supporting documents (including your CV, transcripts and a supporting statement), 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.
The application form will require you to upload several documents in support of your application. You will first be required to upload your CV in PDF format. When preparing your document, please save it with the following naming convention: SURNAME, Firstname, CV.
You will also need to upload a copy of your University transcript(s) containing the grades/marks you have received so far for your undergraduate degree.
Downloads/screenshots from student self-service online systems are fine, but must clearly show:
- your name
- the name of the awarding institution
- details of your course
- a breakdown of grades.
You will have the opportunity to add up to five files and we kindly request that you use the following naming convention: SURNAME, Firstname, type of document (e.g. Undergraduate Transcript etc).
Research projects offered as part of the Statistics Summer Research Internships Programme are listed in the Projects section. The application form will ask you to outline your preferred areas of research and indicate which of the listed projects you would be interested in working on. 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.
If you are successful, we will try to match your interests to available projects and supervisors. Please note that we will not always be able to meet your preferences for a project/supervisor, but we will try our best to do this wherever possible.
The application form will ask you to provide a personal statement of up to 1,000 words.
The statement should explain why you are interested in the Statistics Summer Research Internships Programme. Think about:
- what interests you about the programme and the projects you have selected
- what motivates you to study your subject now
- how you have engaged more closely with your field over time, and
- what you would like to get out of the programme.
As part of your supporting statement, please mention if you have undertaken or are undertaking a sandwich year/intercalated year as part of your undergraduate degree. Please specify in your personal statement the type of placement and whether or not this involves/has involved a significant research component.
There isn’t one ideal structure or style for a personal statement – focus on what you want us to know about you and how this programme would fit into your academic development.
The application form will ask you to provide information about your two referees. At least one should be a member of university academic staff (e.g. a tutor, advisor or professor) who can comment on your academic ability, the quality of your work, your potential for further study, and your suitability for the programme(s).
Before you submit your application, you will need to contact your referees and make sure that they are happy to write a reference for you by the deadline. Once you submit your application, your referees will be sent an email telling them how to submit their references. Please submit your application as early as possible to give your referees plenty of time and keep in contact with them to make sure that they have received the email notification. Where possible, please enter your referee’s institutional/professional email address.
Referees will be asked to send their references to us by email by the deadline shown in the email they received when you registered them as referees.
Guidance will be provided for referees via e-mail about what to include in their reference.
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.
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.
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 got a place.
If you need further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications close: Friday 17 February 2023
Offers send out: mid-April 2023
Dates of internship: Monday 10 July-Friday 1 September 2023