The NYU Shanghai Student Research Program in Physics (SRPP) recruits students on a rolling basis. This program is designed to foster entry into physics research-centered career for highly motivated graduate students with a strong interest in Physics or related scientific disciplines. Undergraduate students with exceptional research profile may be considered from time to time. The primary goal of this program is to extend NYU Shanghai's robust physics research opportunities to non-NYU Shanghai students and to diversify the scientific workforce in the field of Physics. The program will award the best and most deserving students the internship opportunities.

Students apply for positions in a 3 to 6 months program with flexible starting date.  During the program, the students will have the opportunity to actively participate in research projects under the mentorship of a professor who is active at the forefront of his or her field of physics. 

We match students to faculty primarily on the basis of their background preparation and areas of interest. They work either directly with faculty or with postdoctoral fellows or with graduate students as appropriate. Each student conducts a research project under the direction of his or her mentor. 

At the end of the program, a presentation and a project summary are required.

Scholarship are available for admitted students.



  • Applicants at graduate (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) level. This requirement may be waived for undergraduate students with exceptional research profile. 
  • Applicants must have strong academic records with courses in physics, or related disciplines.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English.

Topics available

Applicants are required to state their areas of interest in personal statement. A list of available labs could be found as below:

  • Tim Byrnes (research area: atomic molecular topics, quantum information)
  • Hanghui Chen (research area: condensed matter physics)
  • Pilkyung Moon (research area: condensed matter physics)
  • Jun Zhang (research area: fluid dynamics)

* in alphabetical order of the last names


Successful applicants will receive scholarship that covers travel cost, and also a monthly stipend to cover their living cost in Shanghai for the duration of the program.