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Research Experience Placements (REP)

The Research Experience Placements (REPs) scheme provides support for undergraduate summer research placements.

Please note that students wanting to apply for a REP should contact the research organisation at which they wish to take a placement. Students may not apply directly to BBSRC. For further information on the application process, please use the contact details for universities involved in REPs found here: Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP).


  • To give promising undergraduates a first-hand opportunity to gain greater experience of research in the biosciences
  • To raise the profile of research careers amongst undergraduate students
  • To interest students in postgraduate research in strategically important areas for BBSRC

Allocation of REPs 2016-19

REPs are allocated to lead research organisations in receipt of a Doctoral Training Partnership award for use across the departments/institutions included within the partnership. Students are not able to apply to BBSRC directly for a REP. 100 placements are available per year. 

Further details

Full details of the scheme are provided in the downloads section. This includes information about:

  • Responsibilities of the awarding department/institution
  • Eligibility of students
  • Duration
  • Support costs
  • Reporting and payments
  • Research projects


Doctoral Training Partnerships