Overseas Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science (UROPS) at St John's College, University of Cambridge
Programme Overview

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres, with more than 18,000 students from all walks of life and all corners of the world, over 11,000 staff members and 31 Colleges. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known world-wide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students, as well as the world-class original research carried out by the staff of the University and the Colleges.

Founded in 1511, St John's College is one largest colleges in Cambridge. Colleges are where students live, eat and socialise, and where they receive small group teaching sessions called supervisions. Former students include famous business and political leaders, as well as renowned scientists and artists.

There are 2 projects available:

  1. Cereal Symbiosis Research Group,Department of Plant Sciences led by Dr Uta Paszkowski.Dr Paszkowski is the Director of Studies in Plant Sciences and Reader in Plant Molecular Genetics. Refer to https://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/research/utapaszkowski for more information.

  2. Reisner Lab,Department of Chemistry, led by Professor Erwin Reisner. Prof Reisner is a College Lecturer in Organic Chemistry and Professor of Energy and Sustainability. Refer to http://www-reisner.ch.cam.ac.uk/ for more information.

Please do not contact the research supervisor at St John's College for a placement before receiving an offer from NUS.


The programme takes place in Cambridge, United Kingdom.


The programme takes place from 13 May 2019 to 3 Aug 2019.


Students will be assessed according to the assessment criteria of their home department at NUS, and obtain credits and grades for a Level 2000/3000 UROPS.

With effect from AY2018/2019, students may transfer up to a maximum of 10 Modular Credits (MCs) for each summer programme (takes place between May and July) and up to a maximum of 5 MCs for each winter programme (takes place in December).

Students can transfer a total of 12 MCs from a maximum of 2 overseas summer/winter programmes without having to pay tuition at NUS. Any additional MCs transferred will be subjected to NUS Special Term fees.

Eligibility Criteria

NUS students must:

  • Be a full-time Faculty of Science student.
  • Obtain a minimum of Grade C in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level [H1 General Paper], or a Band 3 in QET.
  • Have a clean disciplinary record.
  • All Year 2 and Year 3 students may apply
  • Not intending to graduate at the end of Semester 2.
  • Not be National Servicemen who are called up for In-Camp Training (ICT). Deferment letter will not be provided.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview at the Science Dean’s Office in the week of 21 January 2019.

An internal offer does not guarantee your placement in the programme. Your admission outcome is up to the discretion of the partner institution.

Number of Places

There are 2 places available.

Programme Cost

Students do not need to pay NUS Special Term fees or tuition fees to St John's College if they do not exceeed the credits transfer limit stated under the section "Credits" above. However, students are responsible for their own airfare, accommodation, meals, bench fees, personal expenses, etc.

Estimated cost (Please note that the figures provided are only estimates)



  Return Airfare




  Food and Transport


  Laboratory Bench Fees

  SGD800 (to be confirmed)

Financial Assistance

Participating students may be awarded the Santander Undergraduate Research Exchange (SURE) Programme Fund of USD$2,000, sponsored by Banco Santander. Do note that students holding this award will not be eligible to apply for NUS Awards for Study Abroad (NASA) Enhancement Scholarship/Bursary to support their participation in this programme

Click here to find out more about the various financial assistance schemes offered by NUS.

Programme Application Procedure and Deadline

To apply, login to Education Records System (EduRec) and submit your application under External Study Type “Research Attachment/Internship/Industrial Attachment”. Please also submit the following documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject, “Overseas Summer Research 2019 – [Name of Partner University]”. The deadline for application and documents submission deadline is 16 January 2019.

  1. Latest NUS unofficial transcript (downloadable from EduRec).
  2. GCE ‘A’ Level Certificate or Qualifying English Test (QET) result.
  3. Curriculum Vitae. Highlight any prior research experience that you may have to support your application.
  4. Personal statement, including your area of research interest/project, why you are interested in the mentioned area/project, etc. Please indicate clearly the project you are interested in. Please do not contact the research supervisor at St John's College for a placement before receiving an internal offer from NUS.
  5. One recommendation letter from a faculty member in the field/s related to your major. Please ask your recommender to send the recommendation letter, either via harcopy or softcopy, directly to the Science Dean's Office (Attn: Ms Ong Kai Yi) or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and the name of the Partner University you are applying for.

Please refer to Guide for Student Programme Application BEFORE your application. You will need to log on to NUS WebVPN before accessing the Guide and EduRec.


All students travelling overseas for activities or purposes approved, endorsed, organised, sponsored or authorised by NUS will be covered by the NUS Student Travel Insurance Policy. Click here (under Insurance Cover for Official NUS Trips) for more information.

Exclusions to the NUS Student Travel Insurance may apply. Students are to ensure that they have sufficient travel insurance coverage, and may consider purchasing additional travel insurance if required.

Contact Details

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