International partnerships

International Junior Research Associate

The University of Sussex is one of Britain’s leading research intensive universities, ranked in the country's top 20 for research influence (citations) in the 2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It is this tradition of research excellence that the University wishes to continue with its International Junior Research Associate (IJRA) scheme, run in collaboration with selected institutional partners.

The International JRA scheme is a pioneering project that aims to develop future research leaders by supporting talented and ambitious undergraduates from institutional partners to undertake supervised research at Sussex during the summer.


JRA students at reception (landscape)

Students are invited to work on a project for around eight weeks, providing them with the opportunity to engage with distinguished researchers and develop invaluable academic skills and networks. They are also encouraged to present their research to supervisors and other senior academics at a University reception.

Since the International JRA was established in 2014, the University has hosted scholars from:

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • University of Ghana
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Mahidol University
  • Renmin University of China
  • Tomsk State University
  • Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Lagos
  • Lund University
  • Monash University 
  • Georgetown University

Students have worked in a diverse range of research centres and networks spanning the sciences, humanities and social sciences, including the Green Brain Project, the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, Social Evolution Research Group and the Intrapreneurship Hub. Where possible, research placements are identified that connect students with Sussex faculty involved in collaboration with the partner institutions.

The International JRA scheme is part of a suite of undergradaute research opportunities available at Sussex. Further details about the International JRA scheme and information for prospective nominees can be found on the dedicated webpage.