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Summer Research in Mathematics



We still have a few projects left! Updated (as of April 9) Academic and Industrial 2019 CMP project listings are available. For academic projects, we'll consider a second round of bursary applications in May (Deadline May 7).

Forms for students to Register a Project and Apply for a Bursary are now available.

We encourage all students to get experience working as mathematicians during their summer holidays. Many will want to work within the CMS on projects developing ideas from the lectures they have attended. We also strongly urge all students to get the experience of working outside the environment of a mathematics department, particularly those who intend on a career as an academic mathematician. It is worthwhile to experience how the outside world uses mathematics, and the opportunity to do so once one is established in a PhD programme is limited.

The Faculty has established the  Cambridge Summer Research in Mathematics Programme (CSRIM) to enable students to get this essential experience. The programme offers the following resources and benefits:

  • A website enabling those offering projects to reach students wishing to get the experience
  • A seminar series in which prospective hosts have the opportunity to present their projects to students
  • A bursary scheme to support students working within the University
  • Access to computer training, facilities and support
  • A community with a social programme
  • Opportunities to present projects at a Presentation Day in August, and at a Festival of Summer Research in the beginning of the Michaelmas term

Finding a project

There are many ways of finding a project, we encourage students to use them all, and to start looking early.

  • Browse projects offered through this programme, under Find a Project.
  • Go to the CMP Lunchtime Seminar Series on Mondays and Wednesdays from 28 January to 20 February 2019, where hosts from outside the CMS give short descriptions of their work and projects
  • Approach a member of staff, a post-doc or a PhD student directly. This may be a lecturer, a supervisor, or a colleague in another field that you have met through your graduate hall of residence
  • The mathematics noticeboards often have summer internship opportunities listed
  • The Careers Service also has listings of summer research opportunities
  • The EPSRC site hosted by the Engineering Department lists summer research opportunities

Students working on projects found and/or funded through whatever means are encouraged to join our community and take advantage of the available resources by registering their project with the CSRIM programme. Please click here to Register a Project.

Settling on a project

Talk with potential supervisors about the project they are offering. A successful and enjoyable project depends on a good fit between the student’s expectation and the supervisor’s needs. It is likely and good practice that you will talk with several potential supervisors about their projects.

In order to give all potential project supervisors an equal chance, we have set a schedule for hosts to make formal offers for projects advertised through the Lent term seminar series, and for students to apply for bursary funding thereafter. Dates and deadlines for projects taking place in summer 2019 can be found here.

Registering your project

Once you have agreed a project with a supervisor, whether academic or industrial:

  • Register your project here, even if the project is contingent on funding decisions. If funding is not secure, the registration will be regarded as conditional until funding is confirmed.
  • Ask your host supervisor to confirm your project by by email to (for CMP projects) or (for Summer Research in  the CMS).  If your project supervisor is a PhD student, this email should come from your supervisor’s PhD supervisor.
  • Register only one project.

Registration ensures that you will be on the lists which will assure you facilities and access over the summer, and participation in the CMP Presentation Day or Festival of Summer Research.

Funding your project

There are many sources of funds for summer research:

We encourage all students to seek out all possible means of funding their project. Evidence that students have tried hard to find at least partial funding counts positively in the bursary fund allocations committee’s evaluation.