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NOTICE: The 2020-2021 (i.e. summer 2021) scheme will not be opening for applications as usual at the end of Michaelmas Term 2020.  As it stands, we will not proceed with any European placement plans for summer 2021.  In the Spring we will revisit the scheme to see if we are able to offer any placements within UK industry or in-house.  More information will be circulated to eligible students next term if there is any progress on the situation.

The scheme for 2019-20 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 ~13 European placements on offer, distributed around 10 host institutions in Germany, Switzerland and Austria (though some of our usual Austrian hosts are being 'rested' this year due to various local circumstances).

There will also be a total of ~8 slots available with UK firms (mostly based in or near Cambridge).  Within the Department there will ~6 research projects on offer, and 2-3 places on the DoITPoMS summer school.  Though depending upon funding available, not all will be assigned to a student.  This particularly applies to the European placements and research projects since the value of the funds available for these will be determined at a later date.

NOTICE - Coronavirus - Nov 2020

The CaMPUS scheme is under review as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  We are not able to commence plans to send students on European placements due to rapidly changing travel and work restrictions, and we will review the viability of UK based placements with the hosts and the University of Cambridge in the spring. Thank you for your understanding.