Undergraduate Academic Research Projects

Programme Details

A number of grants from College funds are available to support undergraduate academic research projects or academic Summer Schools related to their courses, to be undertaken in the Long Vacation at a University, including Cambridge, or other approved academic institutions. All undergraduate students, including finalists, are eligible. Students who receive payment for their project by the hosting Institution cannot be considered for funding from the College unless they have a financial shortfall. 

Undergraduates may make one application per year and funding is available from the following funds:

General Fund

To support undergraduate academic research projects or academic Summer Schools.

Peter Munn Fund

To support Engineering students by providing funding for a specific project/research.

Robert Tong Bursary

To offer free accommodation and access to the Library at Queen Mary, University of London during a set period in the Long Vacation (Monday 10 July until Saturday 5 August 2023).  Postgraduates are also eligible to apply.



Paid / Funded projects

If you  have other sources of funding for your project, either from the College or from an external organisation, your application will be considered and assessed only if you have a shortfall and the total funds that you have access to do not cover the cost of living during your project or the cost of the project itself.

Projects / Internships at the University of Cambridge

Students who undertake internships or research projects organised by and held at Faculties, Departments or Institutes affiliated to the University of Cambridge ordinarily receive remuneration at the National Living Wage rate. We expect you to check with your supervisor and/or the hosting Faculty / Department / Institute whether the placement will involve remuneration. In the event that there is not any remuneration, the College may be able to partially fund your project.



The application system will open in the week of 13th February 2023. There will be two decision rounds this year:

  • Early round: The applications which will be submitted by Monday 13th March will be considered at an early round and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by mid-April 2023. 
  • Final round: The closing date for the final round is Monday 8th May 2023 and applicants will be notified by mid-June 2023.


Students who wish to apply will have to complete the Summer Funding Application Form 2023 and upload it to the "Your CV" upload area on the online application form. On the online application form, there is a field about "Previous exchange experience" - please leave this blank as this is not relevant.

Please note that students who are eligible for a Summer Bursary do not need to complete a separate form.

Student Services would be happy to respond to informal enquiries and requests for information.

All payments will be made at the beginning of July. Successful students will be asked to submit a report by 1st October 2023.