EUTOPIA Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (EURSS)

The EURSS is a great opportunity for students to lead their own international research project. You will develop valuable transferable skills, build your confidence and enhance your CV and career prospects.

Mobility is a key component of the EURSS: you cannot carry out your entire research project in the same country as your home institution.

Firstly, you will need to find a home supervisor, an academic or post-doctoral student, at your home university and discuss your project idea. You will need their support for your project before applying. Secondly, you will need to work with your home supervisor to identify a second supervisor. This must be an academic or post-doctoral student at another EUTOPIA university. Your second supervisor should be able to provide support for the part of your research project which takes place in the country of their university.

Once you have identified your home supervisor you should complete your online EURSS application by the closing date on Sunday 28 February 2021. You will need to prepare and agree in advance the content of your application with both of your supervisors in order to submit it online.

The EURSS Review Board will meet in March and the outcome will be communicated by email to both staff and students by the end of April 2021. Projects should take place during the 2021 summer vacation.

Eligibility

All fully-registered undergraduate/bachelors students at one of the EUTOPIA partner universities are eligible to apply for the EURSS bursary. Erasmus students and students on other exchange trips are not eligible to apply.

How do I apply?

The EURSS does NOT arrange projects for you. You will need to come up with a research project and find a home supervisor who is willing to support your project. You and your supervisor, with support from the EURSS Review Board and your local EURSS contact, will also need to identify a second supervisor at another EUTOPIA university to support the part of your project spent in that country.

The online application form should be completed by the applicant and your home supervisor. You are advised to discuss and agree on project dates, costs and ethical considerations with your supervisor before completing the form.

What does the EURSS cover?

The EURSS bursary contributes to your living expenses and other associated costs whilst carrying out your project (e.g. travel costs, accommodation, subsistence, childcare). Each applicant can request up to a maximum amount of €1500. You may need to top up your bursary if it is not sufficient to cover all the costs of your research project. You will be required to justify your bursary on the application form by providing a fully researched breakdown of projected costs. Eighteen bursaries are available in the 2021 call.

Download the Student Guidance Notes.