The scheme for 2016-17 involves arranging and allocating placements for Cambridge undergraduates during the summer vacation, typically for a period of about 8 weeks, though some may be longer. These placements can be at universities, research institutes or industrial laboratories in continental Europe or at UK industrial research establishments. In all cases, the placement is expected to be approximately cost-neutral for the student – i.e. the Department will endeavor to provide funds at a sufficient level to cover the majority of the associated travel, accommodation and living expenses. In the case of the European placements, students are expected to apply to their College or other funds to seek further financial assistance which will contribute to the overall bursary package they receive. The scheme is administered by the Department Teaching Committee.
Applications must be made (online) between the beginning of December and the middle of January. Students in the following cohorts are eligible to apply:
- Part IA Materials Science
- Part IB Materials Science
- Part II Materials Science
Up to three (ranked) choices can be made between:
In the first three cases a further (ranked) choice can be made of up to three locations or projects. Selection is competitive, based on CV information supplied (online) by applicants. Each applicant will also input the email addresses of two referees, who will be asked to provide references (online). Referees should ideally be a College DoS and a current or recent Materials supervisor. All applicants will be contacted by the end of February, with either: (i) the offer of a single, specified placement or (ii) the offer to be put on a reserve list (for up to 3 months). In both cases, the offer must be either accepted or declined within two weeks. In the case of a placement offer, acceptance by the student is regarded as binding, unless exceptional circumstances subsequently arise. In the case of students on the reserve list, a placement offer may be made at any time during the 3-month period, and must be accepted or declined within one week. Any student who declines more than two offers is removed from the reserve list.
There will be ~21 European Placements available, distributed around 12 host institutions in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
There will also be a total of ~10 slots available with UK firms (mostly based in or near Cambridge), ~8 research projects available in the Department and 3 places on the DoITPoMS summer school.
The total number of placements available will therefore be ~42. Though depending upon funding available not all will be assigned to a student.