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Who can apply

This programme is intended for women and non-binary students to help address the historical gender imbalance in mathematics.

Applicants must be students:

  • who are currently registered at a higher education institution in the UK or abroad (University of Cambridge included)
  • who will have completed at least their second year (Part IB) of undergraduate studies and at most their masters (Part III) or equivalent in a mathematical subject when the internship begins in summer 2024
  • who are able to demonstrate a strong record of academic performance
  • who have an interest in undertaking a research postgraduate degree (MPhil or PhD)
  • who do not have significant prior research experience


Applying from outside the UK

There are no restrictions on the nationality of applicants or the country of their home institution. Successful applicants that do not already have the right to work in the UK, will need to apply for a Temporary Work visa (Government Authorised Exchange).

You can find more information on the visa application process, including the application fee (~£298), and the documents you will need to provide on the GOV.UK webpages here:

The Faculty of Mathematics will provide the necessary ‘Certificate of Sponsorship’.  Before applying for the Philippa Fawcett Internship programme, please ensure you have a current passport that will be valid for 6 months after the end of the internship and that you will be able to provide any other documentation / information required by the visa process.

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