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Every year, the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) provides funding to support a number of vacation internships for undergraduate students.

They enable the UK's most able undergraduates to get positive, first-hand practical experience of university research, through a summer internship lasting around 10 weeks.

Up to 15 Vacation Internships can be awarded from the University’s EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) funding, per year (averaged over the duration of the doctoral training grant), and students are nominated by research supervisors.

student eligibility

To be eligible for the internship, students need to be:   

Please note that this funding cannot be used as a bridge between an undergraduate degree and a PhD or other work. Students who are currently in their final year, and who will have completed their degree by the summer, are not eligible.  

project eligibility

Eligible research projects hosting an EPSRC vacation intern must:

  • Fall at least 50% within EPSRC’s remit, but should not be part of a degree course.
  • Be carried out by internationally leading groups.
  • Have strong industrial links.

Current application round     

The 2024 call for applications is now open and closes on Wednesday 6 March at midday. Applications must be made by an Oxford University Supervisor using the online form.

Please contact the MPLS Graduate Office at with any queries about how the internships work or how to apply.