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This page contains information for prospective project hosts, both through the Cambridge Mathematics Placements (CMP) Programme and Summer Research in the CMS. Read about how to proceed directly below, and please scroll down for information and resources specific to each project type (CMP industrial, CMP academic, or Research in the CMS).

How to proceed

  • Propose a project.
    • If you are a CMP host, register your interest in having a student by proposing one or a number of projects using this form. Students will be able to view these details and contact you.
    • Academics in the CMS will generally be approached directly by students wishing to work with them, but if you have a project you would like us to advertise to students, please use this form.
       
  • Meet and recruit students at the seminar series. As a CMP host, you can sign up to give a 7-minute presentation about your proposed project in a series of lunchtime seminars on Mondays and Wednesdays from 28 January to 20 February 2019. Submit your project by 18 January 2019 if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to give a talk. Priority for talks will be given to CMP Supporters Club members.
     
  • Interview and select students. Make whatever arrangements suit you for meeting your prospective students, and deciding which one(s) you would like to engage. The interview process, project dates, working arrangements and hours, stipend/salary, and the terms and conditions of employment are entirely between you and the student. Students should contact you before 22 February 2019 if they are interested in your project. Offers can be sent to students on a rolling basis, but for reasons of fairness, we are asking that no student be required to respond to an offer before 8 March 2019. Hosts may continue to liaise with and make offers to students beyond this date.
     
  • Register your project. All projects, whether CMP or Research in the CMS, and however funded, should be registered with us to ensure that students have the continued support facilities (IT, access, library) and information about events and social activities. Once you have found and agreed a project with a student, the student should then register the project here (from 11 January 2019). 
    • Students may only register one project. Supervisors may have more than one student, but if bursary support is required, be aware that it is unlikely that more than one student will be supported through the bursary fund unless the host is making a comparable contribution to the student’s living expenses.
    • Registration will be complete on receipt of an email from the host supervisor, or the host supervisor’s PI/PhD supervisor, if the host supervisor is not in a position to offer a placement.
    • Projects that are agreed pending funding decisions should be registered; we will upgrade the registration from provisional to confirmed once we have confirmation of funding.
       
  • Apply for bursary funding - for academic projects only. A small bursary fund is available for academic projects in the CMS and other University departments, more information is given below. We expect that industrial organisations will be able to fund their own placements.
     
  • Host your project. Projects typically take place for 8-10 weeks between June and September. The project dates, working arrangements and hours, stipend/salary, and the terms and conditions of employment are agreed directly between you and the student.
     
  • Attend CMP Presentation Day in August 2019 (date TBC) if you are a CMP host.
     
  • Attend the Summer Research Festival in October 2019 (date TBC) if you are a Research in the CMS supervisor.
     
  • Submit project feedback at the end of your project in September. Students are also asked to submit a poster or case study on their project for our archive.
     

CMP Industrial Hosts

Groups in industry may wish to engage a talented mathematician to tackle research questions they face through a CMP industrial placement. Before submitting a project, please review the following:

An important new development in 2018-19 is the launch of the Cambridge Mathematics Placements Supporters Club. While there is no charge for submitting a project or participating in CMP, we are asking our industrial hosts — especially those who have had a successful project experience in the past — to join us in creating a sustainable funding model for the programme. Joining the Club is easy and subscription levels are flexible, to accommodate hosts with varying resources. Supporters can choose what they would like donate, with suggested annual donations of £4,000 for large companies, £2,000 for SMEs and £500-£1,000 for start-ups, small companies and non-industry partners. More information about the Supporters Club and associated benefits can be found on our main page.
 

CMP Academic Hosts

We welcome other University departments or labs to submit CMP projects as academic hosts. Before submitting a project, please review the following:

  • Fact Sheet for CMP Academic Hosts (coming soon)
  • FAQs for CMP Academic Hosts (coming soon)

We have a small bursary fund available to contribute to summer research undertaken by undergraduates and Part III students, but we ask all students and all host labs and departments to do their utmost to find complementary funds from their own sources. As a rough guide, we hope that departments and labs that have had CMP students in the past and are familiar with the programme will contribute at least half of the student’s living expenses. We ask students to ask colleges for grants and subsidised accommodation. Please read further guidance on applying for a bursary here.

If a bursary is required, students should fill in the bursary application form (available from 11 January) and submit it by 15 March 2019. The application will also require letters of support from the host supervisor and/or the host partner. First round decisions will be made by late April. Some funds will be reserved for a second round, for which bursary applications should be made by 7 May 2019, with decisions announced by the beginning of June.
 

Summer Research in the CMS Supervisors

Potential supervisors in the CMS will generally be approached directly by students wishing to work with them, but if you have a project you would like us to advertise, please use this form. Once it has been agreed upon, students should register their project here (from 11 January 2019). 

We have a small bursary fund available to contribute to summer research undertaken by undergraduates and Part III students, but we ask all students and supervisors to do their utmost to find complementary funds from their own sources. We ask students to ask colleges for grants and subsidised accommodation, and welcome any help you can provide to your student(s) in this regard. Please read further guidance on applying for a bursary here.

If a bursary is required, students should fill in the bursary application form (available from 11 January) and submit it by 15 March 2019. The application will also require a letter of support from you. Decisions will be made by late April.
 

Resources for All Prospective Hosts

Before submitting a project, you may also wish to review the following:

Project Proposal Forms

Finally, submit your CMP project proposal here or submit your Research in the CMS project listing here.
 

Still have questions?

Write to us at CMP@maths.cam.ac.uk for the CMP Programme, or at SRIM@maths.cam.ac.uk for Research in the CMS.