How to apply - URSS - University of Derby


Guidance for students and staff

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship scheme is open to all undergraduates studying in the 2nd undergraduate year of any UG honours degree programme. Bursaries of up to £2198 are available for individual students, or to be shared between groups of students engaged in collaborative research activity, to support completion of defined research projects before the end of July 2017. Applications can be made by Academic Staff or by Students, but in either case, all submissions require a named project student or students, and a named academic supervisor. All queries can be directed to

Subject Librarians can also help candidates with their chosen research area should you need any support.

Key criteria for selection

Proposals can be developed related to specialist areas of study or area of research, and/or aligned to series of sponsored project themes outlined in the application section. The key criteria for selection of projects for funding allocation is:

  • Proposed research question is novel, worthwhile and well-conceived;
  • Proposed objectives are realistic and achievable for a 2nd year undergraduate student within the project timeframe;
  • Project has clear objectives with defined, measurable outcomes;
  • Proposed research methods are broadly appropriate;
  • Any ethical issues are addressed;
  • Proposed project clearly indicates how the project will enable students to develop their research skills and knowledge in the field;
  • Project links to existing research with potential contribution to REF;
  • Project provides value for money for the institution.

All applications are made online with applications opening on Monday 23rd January 2017, and closing on Monday 20th February. Successful applicants will be contacted early March to confirm the next steps in project activity and the process for triggering release of the first half of the bursary payment. The second half of the bursary payment is made following completion of a formal progress update leading in to the dissemination of research findings at the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference in the first week of July 2017. All project funds must be discharged before the end of July 2017.

Sponsored projects

You are of course welcome to submit an original proposal idea however we also have a range of suggested sponsored projects available should you be interested.   

Application guidance

All applications are made online. Please prepare your applications using a suitable word processing application such as Microsoft Word. This will allow you to copy-and-paste into the relevant application question areas. The application requires the following information:

  • Full personal details including Student Number, Programme of Study, and contact details (Where proposals are submitted for joint projects, for up to 3 students, full details are required for all participating students)
  • Project title (an original proposal idea or a proposal drawn from the list of sponsored projects)
  • Aims and objectives of the research (what the research is designed to achieve or what research question the research is designed to answer)
  • Rationale for the proposed research (how the student will benefit from the research and why the project is relevant and interesting)
  • Research methods (including design, sample, measure, data analysis techniques that will be applied)
  • Project plan and timeline (how the research will be conducted, sequence and timing of work)
  • Ethical considerations  (This section is for initial consideration only. Successful projects will be required to complete formal ethical approval processes following confirmation of project funding allocation to trigger the first bursary payment)
  • Named supervisor and contact details (named project supervisor)
  • Project costs (Up to £200 is available to cover consumables, travel or printing to support each project.  Please provide details if known at this stage.  If the project is sucessful further details will be provided at confirmation of funding)

Application form

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