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Undergraduate Scholars Institute returns for a second year

07 Feb 20

Undergraduate Scholars Institute returns for a second year

The summer programme designed to help access to postgraduate studies in the social studies will return to Nuffield in 2020.

Applications have just opened for the Nuffield Undergraduate Scholars Institute (NUSI)’s second year.

NUSI – which was launched in 2019 – brings together six select undergraduate students for six weeks in July and August to take part in training on research methods followed by a research internship with a Nuffield College academic.

NUSI Academic Director Dave Kirk explained, “The programme fills an important gap in the ‘pipeline’ to an academic career in the social sciences by providing the training and professional development – as well as a generous stipend, accommodation, and meals – that is essential to a foundation for further study. NUSI demonstrates Nuffield’s commitment to inclusivity in higher education by working to open up access to graduate study for students from a diverse range of backgrounds.”

The 2019 NUSI programme was the very first time such a summer school had been run at Oxford for social science students. Talking to the Nuffield Magazine (Issue 19), Tolu Akingbade, a student on the 2019 programme, said:

“I wanted to do a master’s but I didn’t properly know how to apply because I didn’t really know anyone who had applied before. I also didn’t have the confidence. NUSI has given me the confidence: I know what I’m doing now.”

NUSI is developed and hosted by Nuffield College, in partnership with the Oxford Q-Step Centre and with support from the Oxford-led Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership.

This year’s institute will take place from 6 July to 14 August 2020 and the deadline for applications to the 2020 Summer School is 16 March 2020. For more information about the programme and to apply, please visit the NUSI webpages.