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Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP)

UG research student

Authentic research experiences for
Cardiff undergraduates

***CUROP 2017***

The call for applications for CUROP 2017 is now open. Project proposals may be submitted via the online application portal. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 22 February 2017 and applicants are strongly advised to review the Application Guidance prior to submission.

If you’re a student at Cardiff University interested in pursuing a project in 2017 please email us to be added to our interested student email list – once the list of projects is available (around Easter time) we will email you to let you know.

If you have any questions please email us at

The CUROP programme provides summer placements for Cardiff University undergraduates in the University research environment. CUROP offers a stipend to support a student on a placement of up to eight weeks duration, working with supervision on staff-defined research projects. It is now considered to be one of the largest undergraduate research schemes in the UK.


All Schools are eligible to host CUROP placements and interdisciplinary opportunities are particularly welcome. Around 500 students have undertaken CUROP placements since 2008, working on such diverse projects as historical archival work, searches for new planets and cancer research (lists of all the projects which have received funding through the scheme are available here).

Professor Teresa Rees, former Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)“CUROP has exceeded our expectations. There is no doubt that both students and staff benefit from this scheme. The most rewarding aspect is the excitement for research generated in students being given an opportunity to be involved in real life projects. Hopefully some will be sufficiently inspired to become researchers of the future.” – Professor Teresa Rees

CUROP projects provide unique opportunities for students to sample live research, enhance their academic skills and make a more informed decision on furthering their research at postgraduate level. For researchers, CUROP scholars can contribute significantly to the initiation and progression of research projects and provide valuable additional staffing during the summer.

At the end of the summer, all CUROP students come together for a day to exhibit posters of their research, sharing their experiences and disseminating their research findings to the university audience. Further details about this event are available on this page. See the video below for details about a project which ran in the School of Chemistry during 2013.

How Much?

CUROP funds are intended to provide a student stipend for the duration of the project: in 2016, the standard rate is £200 per week for up to 8 weeks. Consumables and other costs associated with research must be met from research budgets and are not included in CUROP funding.

Summary of responsibilities

Responsibilities of Staff

Responsibilities of Students

Application Process

Staff: Further information about the application process can be found on the Application Guidance page; supervisors are strongly advised to use the downloadable template to help prepare applications before using the online form.

Students: CUROP applications must be completed by Supervisors, however if you are a student and have a research area that you are interested in, then please strike up a conversation with a potential supervisor in your school and tell them about CUROP. Alternatively if you want to wait and see what opportunities there are we will publish a list of projects that wish to recruit students just before Easter. This will include information about how to apply for the project.
If you wish to be added to our mailing list to receive further updates please contact:

“Absolutely fantastic experience. The opportunity to get involved in a large research team has really opened up my eyes to a career involving research.” – CUROP student

“Amazing experience, huge impact on my development and a great insight into research projects. Would recommend the CUROP scheme to any Cardiff student, great experience” – CUROP student


For any further information and guidance on the CUROP scheme please contact or alternatively:

Jahanara Begum
Curriculum Design Officer
Phone: +44(0)29 208 76472
Extension: 76472

Dr Nathan Roberts
Head of Education Support and Curriculum Design Manager

Phone: +44(0)29 208 79219
Extension: 79219

Page last updated: 19 October 2017