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SHARE is an online programme provided by the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Cambridge

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SHARE is a two-week, paid, summer research experience programme which aims to enhance diversity and inclusiveness within the social sciences at Cambridge, and in UK academia more broadly through improved access to research experience. We are launching a pilot programme from 19 - 30 July 2021, which is a fully online programme of events, mentoring and digital content.

SHARE is designed to introduce students from underrepresented backgrounds to postgraduate study and offer everyone who takes part tangible benefits in terms of confidence, skills and experience that will enhance both their CV and any future postgraduate applications.

SHARE is a selective programme and a great addition to your CV. You’ll be able to get involved with the University’s research community, find out more about whether a PhD is right for you, and get direct support in making postgraduate applications.

SHARE offers the opportunity to gain exposure to social science research methodology. You’ll find out more about what postgraduate research study is like and meet our staff and student community, virtually. You’ll be matched with a PhD student mentor and an academic staff mentor from your subject area to ask any questions you have. The programme will offer live events to hear from our community on the postgraduate research experience, college life, how to make a postgraduate application, including writing a research proposal, applying for funding, and how to decide whether postgraduate research is the right career step for you. You’ll be able to meet with our students, staff and other SHARE participants to discuss research challenges and hear from our world-leading community of experts.

SHARE is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents who are studying at a UK or Republic of Ireland university for their undergraduate degree and are not in their first year or final year of study, and who have the potential for successful postgraduate study in the social sciences.  

Above all, SHARE aims to increase the diversity of postgraduate students, by raising research awareness levels and experience to underrepresented groups of 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 postgraduate study.

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