Nuffield Undergraduate Scholars Institute

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Nuffield Undergraduate Scholars Institute will not run in summer 2021 as planned. We expect that the programme will return in summer 2022.

Prospective applicants to NUSI may wish to consider applying to the University of Oxford UNIQ+ Internships and/or UNIQ+ Digital programmes this year.

The Nuffield Undergraduate Scholars Institute (NUSI) is a summer programme which aims to enhance diversity and inclusiveness within the social sciences at Oxford, and in UK academia more broadly. It launched in the summer of 2019, and expects to welcome its second cohort in 2022.

NUSI is for bright, motivated undergraduate students ordinarily resident in the UK, who have the potential for successful graduate study in the social sciences. The aim of NUSI is to expand access to advanced education to students whose socioeconomic background or other life circumstances may have made it more difficult for them to reach their full educational potential, or to consider graduate study.

Developed and hosted by Nuffield College, Oxford, in partnership with the Oxford Q-Step Centre and with support from the Oxford-led Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership, NUSI offers six undergraduate students the opportunity to gain research experience and exposure to social science methods training through course work and a mentored research experience. Students receive mentorship from Oxford academics, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.


NUSI is offered free of charge, and includes:

  • Two weeks of hands-on training in research design and statistical computing through both lectures and data-labs taught by world-leading academics.
  • A four-week research internship with a Nuffield College academic.
  • A bursary of £2,500, intended to allow participants to fully concentrate on the six-week programme without the need for paid employment to support themselves.
  • Free accommodation and weekday meals at Nuffield College.