About Nuffield Research Placements

Nuffield Research Placements aim to inspire, encourage and support young people who are considering working in, or intend to work in, Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).  We aim to provide gifted and aspirational STEM students from all backgrounds with the opportunity to experience a professional research environment.  Our objectives are:

  • To enhance students’ first-hand experience of scientific research to inform crucial career decisions.
  • To broaden and deepen students’ understanding of STEM research
  • To minimise societal and educational opportunity barriers to progression in STEM.

We will continue to promote the scheme to students from all backgrounds.  However, we believe that extra support is necessary to ensure that we can achieve our third aim of removing barriers to progression in STEM.  This is why we offer a bursary of £80 per week, in addition to travel expenses, to students identified as hard to reach, along with other more targeted support.  We hope this will enable more students who have not traditionally accessed the scheme to take part.