Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Nuffield Undergraduate Scholars Institute will not run in summer 2020 as planned. We expect to run the programme in 2021.

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 will welcome its second cohort in July - August 2020.

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 select undergraduate students the opportunity to gain research experience and exposure to social science methods training through course work and a mentored research experience. Students will receive mentorship from Oxford academics, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.


NUSI 2020 will take place 6 July?—14 August 2020. It 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.

The deadline for applications is 16 March 2020. See How to Apply for further details.


NUSI runs concurrently with UNIQ+, a graduate access summer school at the University of Oxford. UNIQ+ and NUSI students meet regularly for joint social and other activities throughout the duration of the programmes. For more information about the subject areas covered by UNIQ+, please see the UNIQ+ website.

Please apply to either NUSI or UNIQ+, dependent on your area of interest.


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