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Research Experience Placements (REP)

The Research Experience Placements (REPs) scheme provides support for undergraduate summer research placements.

Please note that students wanting to apply for a REP should contact the research organisation at which they wish to take a placement. Students may not apply directly to BBSRC. For further information on the application process, please use the contact details for universities involved in REPs found here:


  • To give promising undergraduates a first-hand opportunity to gain greater experience of research in the biosciences
  • To raise the profile of research careers amongst undergraduate students
  • To interest students in postgraduate research in strategically important areas for BBSRC

Allocation of REPs 2015

REPs are allocated to lead research organisations in receipt of a Doctoral Training Partnership award for use across the departments/institutions included within the Partnership, as well as to the seven UK veterinary research departments. Students are not able to apply to BBSRC directly for a REP. Around 100 placements are available per year. Details of the allocation of REPs for 2015 are available in the downloads section.

Further details

Full details of the scheme are provided in the downloads section. This includes information about:

  • Responsibilities of the awarding department/institution
  • Eligibility of students
  • Duration
  • Support costs
  • Reporting and payments
  • Research projects


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