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ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Social Sciences

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ESRC Research Experience Placement (REP) is a six-week residential summer placement scheme provided by the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Cambridge

THE COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED - if you applied, we will be in touch soon.

The Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is delighted to offer Research Experience Placements for talented undergraduate students from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds, who are thinking about doing a postgraduate course.

As part of the University’s SHARE programme, the DTP has been awarded funding to support current undergraduate students to undertake a summer research experience placement at Cambridge. The Cambridge DTP is proud to be one of five pilot programmes within this new initiative. 

The scheme offers paid summer placements for undergraduate students, during which they will carry out research projects within the broad scope of the social sciences at the Cambridge DTP. 

This scheme has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Research Experience Placements are designed to:

  • Give you the opportunity to engage with inspiring social science research staff and students at the Cambridge DTP 

  • Improve and develop your research and transferable skills 

  • Enhance your ability to make a competitive application for postgraduate courses and funding 

  • Inform you about opportunities for postgraduate study in the social sciences at Cambridge 

Placements will start in late June/early July [precise dates TBC] and run for six weeks if taken up on a full-time basis. Part-time opportunities are also available; please let us know in your application if you would like to undertake a placement on a part-time basis. 

Applications are now CLOSED

Visit the applications page for more information about the type of projects that were on offer and the application process.

The Q&As from the online drop-in session for applicants on 17 March 2022 are available here

Online drop-in sessions with project supervisors - 29 & 30 March 2022

We are following up with two project specific information webinars with project supervisors.

Each supervisor will give a brief introduction about the project for 5 minutes (1-2 slides) which will be followed by Q&A.  There will be the opportunity for further questions at the end of each webinar.

Tuesday 29th March, 1.00-2.00pm 

In this session you will hear from:

Sebastian Lehuedé, Department of Sociology

Project title: Defending Land Rights in Times of Artificial Intelligence

Supervisors: Dr Ella McPherson, Associate Professor in the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology and Co Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) and Dr Sebastián Lehuedé, CGHR Postdoctoral Scholar

Professor Alex Jeffrey, Department of Geography and Scott Polar Research Institute

Project title: Arctic Legal Geographies: Exploring the Svalbard Treaty

Supervisors: Professor Alex Jeffrey, Professor of Human Geography Professor Richard Powell, Professor of Arctic Studies

Alice Reid: Department of Geography and the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (CAMPOP)

Project title: Mapping historical epidemics

Supervisor: Professor Alice Reid, Department of Geography, Director, The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.

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Wednesday 30th March, 1.00-1.30pm

Henriette Hendriks - Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (TAL), Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

Project title: Reference to person, time and space in second language acquisition 

Supervisor: Professor Henriëtte Hendriks, Professor in Language Acquisition and Cognition

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Wednesday 30th March, 1.30-2.00pm

Max Satchell - Faculty of History

Project title: Parish GIS of England c. 1830

Supervisors: Professor Paul Warde, Professor of Environmental History Dr Max Satchell, Research Associate, Department of Geography

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