School of Global Studies


Applications for Sussex’s Junior Research Associate scheme opening soon

Applications will soon open for Sussex’s annual Junior Research Associate (JRA) scheme.

This pioneering programme gives outstanding undergraduate Sussex students the chance to undertake an eight-week research project, alongside a supervisor, over the summer break.

Each student taking part in the scheme will receive a bursary of £1,600, plus a £200 allowance for research expenses, to allow them to work full-time on their research.

The scheme also includes opportunities for students to present their research in Sussex’s annual poster exhibition, as well as at BCUR, a national conference bringing together the UK’s best undergraduate researchers.

Students can either propose their own project or join existing research already under way at Sussex. In 2017, nearly 100 undergraduates researched a staggering array of topics, from feminism in fictional dystopias to the effects of caffeine on the memories of bees. Some of these projects are in the process of becoming academic papers; others have been accepted for presentation at international conferences.

Applications for this year’s scheme open on 1 February.

Students interested in applying are encouraged to attend our JRA 2018 Briefing Event on Thursday 1 February, from 4-5.30pm, in the Large Jubilee Lecture Theatre. Those who attend will have the chance to hear from past JRAs about their experiences, and there will also be several current JRA supervisors in attendance, who will be talking about the value of undergraduate research.

See more information on the JRA scheme, including the eligibility criteria and the application process.

If you have any questions about becoming a JRA, email Dean at

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Last updated: Wednesday, 10 January 2018