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Application Form

To apply to the Cambridge Mathematics Open Internships programme, please fill in the online application form by Monday 20 March 2023.  The deadline for applications to the ICCS Communicating Science Internship has been extended to Tuesday 11 April 2023.  

Before submitting the online application form, you must first secure a research project with a Cambridge Faculty member.*  See the Finding a Project page for guidance.

The application form asks for the following:

  • Up to three research areas of interest
  • Name and email address of the Faculty member at Cambridge that has agreed to supervise your project if you are accepted*
  • Project description as agreed with your proposed supervisor*
  • A short statement of interest telling us what attracted you to this programme as well as what skills and interests you have that might be relevant to the work you will be doing. We will be reading your statement to gauge your enthusiasm for the project, and the amount of thought and effort you have already invested in it.
  • Details of an academic referee who has agreed to send in a recommendation letter by the application deadline.
  • If appropriate to your situation, we encourage you to give brief details of how personal circumstances may have affected your academic career to date. For example, educational disadvantage, caring commitments, illness, enforced career breaks or economic hardship.

*Applicants for the project Science Communications for the Institute of Computing for Climate Science do not need to secure a supervisor in advance of submitting the application form, though you are welcome to reach out to the listed contact for more information.  Click here to see the project listing

Supporting Documents

After submitting your application form, please send an email to with the following supporting documents:

  • Your CV
  • Copy of your academic transcript
  • Scan / clear photo of your passport (and BRP if studying in the UK on a Student Visa)

Your academic referee should send their letter of reference for you to before the deadline. Your referee should be either a tutor or other academic at your current institution who knows you and your work well.

Assessment Criteria

The aim of the programme is to encourage and facilitate participation in postgraduate studies in the field of Mathematics by talented students. Applicants will be assessed competitively on the basis of both academic achievement and academic potential within the context of your education to date, as well as an indication that you could thrive in the intense teaching and learning environment of postgraduate study at Cambridge. Evaluation of your application will therefore include consideration of all your responses on the application form.

Priority will then be given to those who are from groups that are currently underrepresented in postgraduate study in Mathematics and / or who have experienced some form of educational disadvantage, using positive action under the Equality Act 2010 where appropriate. The University will monitor the impact of any positive action taken and intends to use positive action only where appropriate.