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Undergraduate Research Support Scheme

Undergraduate Research Support Scheme

What is the URSS?

The Undergraduate Research Support Scheme enables Warwick undergraduate students to carry out a non-assessed, self-directed research project.

The project should be between 6-10 weeks, and you will receive supervision from a Warwick academic. URSS projects are usually carried out over the summer between July and September.

You can apply for a bursary of up to £1500 to contribute to your living expenses and other associated costs whilst carrying out your project.

You can do the research in a different department from your home department, and the research topic does not have to be related to your degree course.

You can carry out your project on campus, at home, or, if you are interested in travelling abroad, you can carry out your project outside of the UK. Campus accommodation is available over the summer. For further details see

Student Information Centre FAQ's Section 5 (warwick.ac.uk) 

The scheme is open to all undergraduate students in all faculties, including first and final year students. The scheme is not open to exchange students.

Applications for summer 2024 projects are now closed. Please note that we cannot accept any late applications.

Key dates

  • Applications close: Monday 5 February 2024 at 5pm (late applications cannot be accepted)
  • URSS review board: Thursday 7 March 2024

  • Application outcomes communicated: from Friday 8 March 2024
  • Project submission deadline: Friday 25 October 2024
  • URSS Showcase: Wednesday 13 November 2024

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Enhance your degree performance

Students who have participated in the URSS were more likely to be awarded a higher degree classification.

70% of URSS participants were awarded a first-class degree, compared to 35% of students overall, in academic years 19/20 to 21/22 (inclusive).

Skills development

The URSS allows you to:

  • Discover research and expand your network
  • Develop your transferable skills and enhance your CV
  • Build your self-confidence
  • Have an international experience
  • Present and publish your research
  • Gain points towards the Warwick Award

Student Stories

'My URSS experience'

Information for staff

Reviewers and supervisors