"We work in an inclusive way, and our engineers come from all backgrounds and walks of life. Having that diversity of thought helps us to be the best at what we do."

CSA Catapult

Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes
Newport, Wales

Any placements

* (1) Requires 12-month placement for 2022/23; (2) Candidates should specify which job/s they are interested in; (3) No first year students

2021/22 Scholarships

Multiple new scholarships. These scholarships will be in specific technology areas at CSA Catapult Innovation Centre in Newport, South Wales. Therefore, please ensure you specify which job/s you are applying for in your application:

  • Advanced Packaging
  • RF & Microwave
  • Electronics and microprocessor systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Photonics

Who we are and what we do

Compound semiconductors are at the heart of next generation technology. At the moment, 80% of the world’s semiconductors use silicon – it’s a reliable, single element which can be found in sand and manufactured cheaply. However, the remaining 20% use a compound made up of 2 or more elements – some of the more common compound semiconductors include: gallium-arsenide (GaAs), gallium-nitride (GaN), silicon carbide (SiC), indium-phosphide (InP) and even aluminium-gallium-indium-phosphide (AlGaInP).

Compound semiconductors are lighter, smaller and outperform silicon in three main ways – power, speed and light. These properties are particularly beneficial for cutting edge applications, including electric vehicles, 5G communications and the Internet of Things. As a compound, it’s more complex and can be more expensive to manufacture. Nonetheless, this technology has the potential to revolutionise modern electronics in the same way that silicon did 50 years ago.

The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult has been funded by UK government to maximise this technology’s potential, and boost the UK economy by applying compound semiconductors to new products and markets. Our year-old Innovation Centre hosts cutting edge equipment and laboratories, and you would have the opportunity to work with our team of experts in this innovative, exciting environment.

We’re a not-for-profit organisation, and we’re surrounded by a cluster of other companies in South Wales who already use compound semiconductor technology.

What you could be doing during your work placement

We want our Scholars to be an integral part of our organisation, so you’ll be getting stuck into real-life projects to challenge and stimulate with our team. You’ll be problem solving, working with our engineers and customers to find ways in which compound semiconductor technology can reduce our carbon emissions, develop our communication capability or improve our intelligent sensing.

Collaboration is at the heart of our approach, so you’ll get plenty of support and development during your work placement. As well as training and mentoring, we’ll link you up with our partners so that you can get a glimpse into what they do too. We work in an inclusive way, and our engineers come from all backgrounds and walks of life. Having that diversity of thought helps us to be the best at what we do, and approach problems from lots of different angles.

Meet one of our UKESF Scholars

University of Leeds
Degree Course:
MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering

What appeals to you about Electronics?

What attracts me most about electronics is that it is the driving force that leads technology nowadays; it is hard to find an area where electronics is not involved. In addition, as one of my main interests is the Net Zero goal, I was clear that electronics would play one of the most important roles in achieving a cleaner and more sustainable future.

Why did you want a scholarship with CSA Catapult?

The main reason why I chose my company is because CSA Catapult is a truly groundbreaking organisation. Compound semiconductors have the potential to completely revolutionise the world, so I was certain that an internship with CSA would allow me to better understand this industry and its future. Another reason why I chose CSA is that, instead of focusing on just one area, it works on a wide range of projects within multiple sectors, so it was a great opportunity to learn more about all the impact modern electronics can have on people’s lives.

What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?

As the Power Electronics intern, my projects were mainly related to this field. I worked on a project whose aim was to take the electrification in the aerospace sector further, and it involved understanding and simulating different types of DC-AC inverters. In addition, I worked on a personal project to design, build and test a DC-DC boost converter from scratch and within a budget. All of this provided me with a great opportunity to improve my technical skills and to better understand the day-to-day work of an engineer. In addition, I am deeply grateful to the people I worked with, as they were always willing to support me and they encouraged me to keep on learning.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I am really keen on sports, in particular athletics, and I enjoy taking part in competitions either in Spain or in the UK Park Runs. I also love playing and teaching guitar, both electric and Flamenco guitars.

Meet one of our Engineers

Job Title:
PCB Designer

Why did you choose a career in STEM?

I am really interested in STEM, as there is a link with what I know about technology and the kids’ world! As I have two kids too, I think it help me to be more in touch with their world and can help more.

What attracted you to CSA Catapult?

The opportunity to use my knowledge as an Electronic Engineer for new technologies, and being in touch with new industries. What is really interesting at CSA Catapult is being project-based. This means that there are always new things to learn and new career challenges.

What does an average day look like at work?

As a PCB designer, I am busy designing Electronics Boards with assigned software tools most days. Sometimes I’ll be found in the Lab, testing new boards as they arrive, or training myself for upcoming projects and the challenges they present.

When not in work, what do you like to get up to?

I mostly spend time with my family, my two kids, sometimes speaking to my sisters via video chatting. I love cooking, sketching and hanging out with friends – especially the ones that have kids near my children’s age so everyone can enjoy!