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Statistics Summer Research Internships

Applications for summer 2022 are now closed.

The Department of Statistics Summer Research Internships Programme is designed to introduce undergraduate students to graduate study and will offer everyone who takes part tangible benefits in terms of confidence, skills and experience to enhance both their CV and any future postgraduate applications.

We plan to offer up to 6 fully-funded internships and are particularly keen to receive applications from women as they are underrepresented in this field. We aim to offer at least half the available places to female candidates.

The internships will last eight weeks between July and August and you will undertake a research project with supervision from a member of academic staff from our community of world-leading researchers. Example projects can be found in the Projects section of this 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.

If selected, you will undertake a research project in the Department of Statistics over eight weeks in from 10 July 2022. You will be supervised by a member of academic staff from our community of world-leading researchers. You will also have daily contact with either a doctoral student, post-doctoral researcher or another academic supervisor who will support you throughout the programme. You will receive a bursary of £3,093 to enable you to participate regardless of your financial means. Accommodation will be provided at one of Oxford’s colleges for the duration of your internship.

Opportunities and benefits of the Statistics Summer Research Internship programme

Successful applicants for the Statistics Summer Research Internship will receive a bursary of £3,093 to enable them to participate fully in the eight-week programme (due to take place in summer 2022). This is intended to offset any loss of opportunity to take up paid employment during the summer. Accommodation will be provided at one of Oxford’s colleges for the duration of your internship.

The Department is currently in discussion regarding possible accommodation at an Oxford college for the duration of your internship.

The programme is designed to:

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

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Statistics Summer Research Internships Programme, you will need to ensure that you meet the criteria listed below. Students from any university in the UK or Ireland are welcome to apply. You do not have to be studying at the University of Oxford to be eligible.

In order to apply for the Statistics Summer Research Internships Programme you must:

  1. be ordinarily resident in the UK without any restrictions on how long you can stay. Your UK residence should not have been wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education, e.g. you moved to the UK for educational purposes at the start of your course; and
  2. 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 your course at a UK or Irish university

Academic expectations: We are looking for proven and potential academic excellence. Applicants would usually be on track to achieve a final undergraduate degree grade of a strong 2:1 or First. If your transcript shows year-on-year grade progression towards the upper range of a 2:1 or above, then we’d encourage you to apply for the programme.


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.

Completing the application form

To apply, you will need to complete our 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.

The information below will help you to prepare what you need before you start filling out the form.

Supporting documents

CV

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.

Transcript

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; and
  • 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 (eg Undergraduate Transcript etc).

Your subject interests

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.

Your personal statement

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.

References

The application form will ask you to provide information about your two referees. At least one should be a member of university academic staff (eg 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.


After you apply

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 underrepresentation 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 got a place.

Enquiries

Please direct enquiries to internships@stats.ox.ac.uk.