The pioneering Junior Research Associate bursary enables talented and ambitious undergraduates interested in pursuing an academic career after graduation to experience a taste of life as a researcher during the summer months. Students are supervised by some of the University’s top researchers in subject areas as diverse as literature, quantum physics and biology.
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Claudia's student perspective
‘Taking part in the Junior Research Associate (JRA) bursary scheme was an invaluable experience for me. Not only did the scheme generously fund me to spend the summer studying the works of the local English surrealist poet Edward James and his patronage of Salvador Dalí, it's also put me in a strong position when applying for future funding within academia or applying for research posts.
‘Over the course of the scheme, I refined many of the research skills that I’d developed as a second-year undergraduate. From travelling to access rare archives to interviewing key academics, my ability to widen and organise my research strengthened. All in all, the JRA scheme was a brilliant opportunity as I was paid to research something I was interested in, all the while gaining valuable skills and experience!’
Junior Research Associate