RSE Cormack Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships

Deadline
16/04/2021 12:00 pm
Value

The value of each Cormack Scholarship and the Piazzi Smyth Scholarship is £266 per week, and the maximum length of each Scholarship is six weeks. The total maximum value of the scholarship is £1,600.

Duration

6 weeks

Are you an undergraduate student studying astronomy looking for funding to further your research skills this summer? The RSE Cormack Vacation Scholarships are now open for applications.

The RSE Cormack Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships are for undergraduate students studying astronomy who have a class record indicative of good research potential and who would like to further their skills and experience by undertaking a period of research at a Scottish Higher Education Institution over the summer holiday period. Applicants should be full-time astronomy undergraduates, normally up to and including the summer before final year.

Scholarships have a value of £266 per week and will be funded for up to a total of six weeks. Applications with a clear link to mountain-top observing/data may also be considered for the Piazzi Smyth Bequest Award, also valued at £266 a week.

For over 25 years, RSE Cormack undergraduate vacation scholarships have supported young astronomers, helping them to become truly first-rate researchers. This scheme allows undergraduates to develop their skills by getting their first taste of truly cutting-edge research with some of the best astronomers in Scotland

Professor Catherine Heymans FRSE, Astronomer Royal for Scotland

Applicant eligibility

  • The scholarships are open to full-time undergraduates (normally up to and including the summer before final year).
  • There is no restriction on home institution or nationality.
  • Applicants must be nominated by a department in a Scottish Higher Education Institution.
  • Applicants must have a record indicative of good research potential.

Project eligibility

  • The institution in which you are proposing to complete the project must be a Scottish Higher Education Institute.
  • The project must be specified by the institution, astronomical in content, and involve the applicant in original research work requiring initiative (for example, library survey projects are not supported).
  • Cormack will fund a maximum of six weeks at the rate shown on the front of the application form. If your project is longer and you are seeking/have sought other funding, please give details in the relevant section of the form.
  • All projects should be undertaken during the summer vacation of the year awarded.

Application process

The funding will open for applications from 9 March 2021; applicants are required to:

  1. Create a profile on the RSE CiviCRM, or log in using your existing details
  2. Once into your profile, access the online application.
  3. Complete the details on the online application form.
  4. Upload as part of the online form a statement of support from your supervisor
  5. Arrange for one referee letter of support to be sent to your supervisor to [email protected] by Friday 16 April 2021 at 12:00 pm.

Resources for applicants

Register on RSE CiviCRM to apply

Contact us

For more information regarding the award, please contact the Research Awards team on [email protected].

CASE STUDY

Researching the coupling of dust to stellar magnetic fields and its effects on light curves of M dwarves in an attempt to explain some strange photometry observed by Kepler.
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Federica Chiti carried out research on the effect of electric current on magnetic field structures in the solar corona to tackle one of the most pressing questions in solar system physics.
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Pillars of Creation - elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust
Deadline
16/04/2021 12:00 pm
Value

The value of each Cormack Scholarship and the Piazzi Smyth Scholarship is £266 per week, and the maximum length of each Scholarship is six weeks. The total maximum value of the scholarship is £1,600.

Duration

6 weeks