Vacation Research Scholarships

Are you an undergraduate student curious about research? Do you want to find out whether doing research in your field of study is your future career direction? 

If you are in your second, third or honours year and have a strong academic record, a Vacation Research Scholarship may be for you. Students from other universities are welcome to apply.

These scholarships give you the opportunity to earn $300 a week undertaking research for up to 8 weeks with experienced researchers, usually between November and February, in a recognised research institute or centre within the University. The scholarships are offered annually, and applications close 16 September 2016.

Project information:

Important Information

  • Placement is for a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 8 weeks between November and February each year
  • To accommodate the Christmas/New Year closure of 1.5 weeks, the period of tenure may be taken in two blocks of time, subject to approval from supervisory staff
  • The scholarship is expected to be undertaken on a full-time basis (38 hours per week) for the period of the scholarship. Hours/duration of work are to be agreed upon with your supervisor prior to the acceptance and commencement of your project.
  • Students are eligible for the centrally funded Vacation Research Scholarship once only throughout their Undergraduate/Honours degree. However, as additional scholarships may be allocated funding from schools/divisions, applications form previous recipients will be accepted for consideration. Advice should be sought directly from the relevant school/division. Please refer to the project information links for contact details.
  • Your application will require the support of a project supervisor. If you were previously unknown to the researcher, you are encouraged to submit a separate supporting statement from an academic staff member who can comment on your academic abilities.
  • This scholarship is highly competitive based on academic merit and the availability of researchers in your area of interest and unfortunately not all applicants or projects will be funded
  • Successful applicants cannot defer the scholarship and must take it up during the time nominated

How to apply – students enrolled at the University of South Australia

Open to domestic and international students.

The closing date is 16 September 2016.

  1. Look at the research projects available in the School/Division links listed above
  2. Read and follow the application instructions (PDF 110KB)
  3. Apply through myScholarships, accessed via your myUniSA student portal.
  4. Complete the application support form  (Word doc, 101kb) together with your myScholarships application

How to apply – domestic students enrolled at another university

Open to domestic students (Australian citizens or permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens).

The closing date is 16 September 2016

  1. Look at the research projects available in the School/Division links listed above
  2. Read and follow the application instructions (PDF 111KB) 
  3. Complete the application form (Word doc, 111kb)

Successful applicants

As a condition of the scholarship, you are required to write a short Final Report (1 or 2 pages) on the research undertaken and submit it a few days before the end of the scholarship period to your supervisor(s), with a copy to the Scholarships and Candidature Team, Student and Academic Services: research.students@unisa.edu.au


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