Undergraduate Research Bursary

Deadline: 14th May 2024

The Aerosol Society offers annual bursaries to fund an undergraduate student summer aerosol research internship. Aerosol science is an interdisciplinary field, but is often not a major focus of many undergraduate degree programmes. Through this scheme we aim to create opportunities for undergrad students from diverse academic backgrounds to gain experience in aerosol science research.

Charlotte Neath from the University of Essex conducting field sampling.

This bursary scheme provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to spend a minimum of six weeks working on an aerosol research project in an aerosol research group. These bursaries will allow undergraduates to gain experience in aerosol science research and encourage them to pursue a career in aerosol science. The scheme is designed in such a way that potential project supervisors apply for the bursary. The successful applicants then select the best candidate to receive the bursary.

Our member students will be encouraged to present their research at a relevant Aerosol Society meeting or conference. 




Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a member of The Aerosol Society at the date of application and for the duration of the project.
  • Students must become members of The Aerosol Society before commencing the internship.
  • Students must be enrolled in a university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.
  • Applicants can be academics or post-doctoral researchers, whose contracts extend beyond the duration of the internships, based at a UK or Irish university.
  • Students must be available to undertake the project during the summer in the middle years of their degree 2/3 or 3/4.

Terms and conditions

  • The scheme is designed in such a way that potential project supervisors apply for the bursary. The successful applicants then select the best candidate for the bursary. The bursary is for a total of £2079 – this is based on a real National Living Wage of £9.90 per hour, at 35 hours per week for six weeks.
  • The project must be focused on an aspect of aerosol science and must not be part of the student’s degree work (i.e. it cannot count towards the student’s academic credits).
  • Only one application should be submitted by a potential supervisor.
  •  A short report (<500 words) summarising the project to be submitted by the 30th September to the Aerosol Society for publication on our webpages and inclusion in the Aerosol Society Newsletter.
  • The successful bursary winner will be announced on The Aerosol Society website, newsletter and social media pages and is required to submit a member profile for our newsletter upon request.
  • In addition, recipients will be encouraged to present their research, either as an oral or poster presentation, at an Aerosol Society conference upon request.

Application package

Please submit a brief 1 page description of the proposed project via the online application form below. Preference will be given to applications that successfully demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Provide outstanding and career enhancing aerosol research experience for the student.
  • Have clearly defined and achievable goals given the available time.
  • Give scope for thought and initiative on the part of the student and do not use the student as a general assistant.
  • Have potential for producing publishable quality results.
  • Demonstrate that the resources, physical and personnel, needed for the project are in place.
  • Give details of the student selection process. Different models might be suitable. For example, some supervisors may have an excellent student in mind for the project or the supervisor may advertise the bursary and select the best student.

2022 Awardees

Dr Sri Hapsari Budisulistiorini and Kira Kapustina – University of York

Identifying nitroaromatic species in PM2.5 during the winter of 2022 in Manchester


Dr Stephen Worrall and Saranpreet Singh – Aston University

Aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides for aqueous pollutant degradation

2019 Awardees

Dr Marc Stettler and Thibault AudicImperial College, London.

Remote sensing of vehicle particulate failures using portable exposure instruments

2017 awardees

Dr Miriam Byrne & Ciarraí O’TooleNUI, Galway

Particulate Matter Concentration Measurement in Energy Retrofit Buildings

2016 awardees

Apply for this award

In order to apply for this award, you must be a member.
Membership costs just £30.00 per year, and is free for students.