UNIQ+ Research Internship


South West



Type of opportunity

Preparation for university

Closed for 2024
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About this opportunity

UNIQ+ Research Internships are designed to provide students from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds who are ordinarily resident in the UK with the opportunity to experience postgraduate study. Refugees and others who have experienced forced displacement are eligible to apply if you are already living in the UK.

UNIQ+ aims to provide you with a real day-to-day experience of postgraduate research. During the seven-week programme, which will run from 3 July–18 August 2023, you will undertake a research project, attend training skills and information sessions, and take part in a social programme. You will meet and work with Oxford researchers, academic staff, and graduate students.

UNIQ+ will give you the chance to experience life as a graduate research student at Oxford. Our intention is that everyone who takes part will gain benefits in terms of confidence, skills and experience that will enhance both their CV and any future postgraduate applications. You will live in college accommodation and a programme of social activities, including organised lunches and dinners, will introduce you to our community and to some of the University of Oxford’s famous traditions and locations.

We intend to offer around 120 UNIQ+ Research Internships to individuals who meet the eligibility requirements. We encourage applications from talented individuals who would find continuing into postgraduate study a challenge for reasons other than academic ability.

UNIQ+ is designed to:

  • enhance your research skills;
  • enhance your ability to make a competitive application to postgraduate courses;
  • introduce you to leading researchers and staff at the University of Oxford; and
  • offer you information about opportunities for postgraduate study and research careers.

Find more information about this opportunity here.

Level of Study

  • Pre-university
  • Other Levels

Other levels of study

Uniq+ is a preparatory programme for postgraduate study.


Asylum seeker, Refugee status, Humanitarian protection, Temporary refugee permission, Limited or Discretionary Leave to Remain (private/family life), Indefinite Leave to Remain, Ukraine schemes, British National (Overseas), Other forms of sanctuary (including Calais Leave, Section 67 Leave, UASC leave and Stateless Leave)

Additional notes about eligibility criteria

To be eligible for UNIQ+ you must:

  1. be ordinarily resident in the UK (your UK residence should not have been wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education, e.g. you moved to the UK for educational purposes at the start of your course); and
  2. be currently undertaking or have completed an undergraduate degree at a UK or Irish university; and
  3. be in at least the second year of your course if you have not graduated yet; and
  4. not have already completed or be currently studying a PhD/DPhil, or have an offer to start a PhD/DPhil (see the Who should apply? section of this page for advice if you have applied for PhD/DPhil study and are waiting to hear the outcome); and
  5. meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • be a refugee, stateless person, or asylum seeker, or been otherwise forcibly displaced within or outside your country of origin; or
    • be in the first generation of your family to go to university (i.e., none of your parents, stepparents or guardians have higher education qualifications); or
    • be care experienced (for a period of more than 3 months); or
    • have had caring responsibilities for 3 months or more occupying more than 10 hours per week; or
    • be estranged from your parents/guardians; or
    • have been considered as statutorily homeless and qualified for assistance under your local authority’s ‘main homelessness duty’; or
    • be from a low-income background and in receipt of more than the minimum levels of support detailed from your regional funding body (see the Financial eligibility section of this page to find out how to check whether you meet this financial criterion).

What is included in this opportunity?

  • Accommodation
  • Partial bursary (study costs and partial living costs)

Other support provided

UNIQ+ is a paid research internship. You will receive:

1] A payment of £3,000 for the seven-week programme designed to offset any loss of the opportunity to take up paid employment during the summer. The stipend includes a contribution towards any expenses that may be incurred travelling to and from Oxford;
2] free-of-charge accommodation provided by one of our colleges.

Types of study available

  • Part-time / flexible
  • Full-time
  • Face-to-face

Other types of study

Uniq+ is a preparatory programme for postgraduate study.

Additional details about application process

Preparing to apply

  1. Before you apply for a UNIQ Research Internship, you should first check that you meet the eligibility requirements for entry in 2023.
  2. If you are confident that you meet all the criteria to apply, you should then review the list of projects that are available in 2023. Our application form will ask you to outline your preferred field of study and areas of research, and select at least one and up to three preferred projects that you are interested in working on.
  3. You will need to nominate one referee when you complete the application form and their reference must be submitted by the deadline (12:00 midday UK time on Friday 17 February 2023). Therefore, we suggest that you contact your referee as soon as possible to check that they’re willing to provide a reference. Guidance for UNIQ+ referees is available on this website and you can share this short link with your intended referee: http://www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/uniqplus/referees

Getting started

Once you have identified your preferred projects and a potential referee, you should consult our Application Guide.  It contains a link to our application form and provides details of how to complete it and upload your supporting documents.

Number of places available


Is this opportunity available for individuals outside of the UK?


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