Each year a small cohort of talented and ambitious undergraduate students from our institutional partners are given the opportunity to work alongside Sussex academics for eight weeks on a real-life summer research project.
The scheme supports peer-to-peer relationships between leading Sussex faculty and high-achieving undergraduates considering a research career.
The scheme supports the university’s strategic international partners, building on emerging collaborations for teaching and research.
In 2017 Sussex hosted eighteen IJRA students from institutional partners.
The Sussex IJRA programme is a non-credit bearing programme intended to provide beneficial research experience in preparation for future PhD study; build connections between talented international researchers and Sussex faculty; and strengthen links between Sussex and its institutional partners. Where possible, we would like to encourage reciprocal arrangements.
The International JRA scheme is run in collaboration with the International Summer School and runs for eight weeks during the summer vacation. The dates for the 2018 scheme will be from Saturday, June 23 to Saturday, August 18, 2018. Sussex will provide on campus accomodation for the duration of the scheme.
The scheme is only open to students from selected institutional partners. Institutional partners will promote the opportunity to students and nominate applications to Sussex for review.
In order for students to be nominated to the International JRA scheme, they must meet the following:
- Where applicable, English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in each section or equivalent qualification listed on our English language requirements pages
- be in the middle years of academic study i.e. have completed one year of study and not be in their final year
- Be high academic achievers. We would expect a GPA of 3.0 or equivalent in year 1 of study
- A demonstrable interest in pursuing a career in research
- Any research project pre-requisites, as detailed in project outline descriptions provided by Sussex
Students may be required to apply for a short term study visa for entry to the UK. Further information can be found on the Sussex International Student Support webpages.
The following information is also required for nomination:
- Personal statement
- English language qualification (where applicable)
- Academic transcript
- Brief example of written work, ideally project report
- Future career interests
Please note that students may also be required to have a Skype interview with their supervisor to discuss their suitability for the research project.