Summer Scholarships

Each year, Sydney Nursing School offers up to 10 Summer Scholarships to provide currently enrolled students an opportunity to learn about nursing and midwifery research, to develop research skills and to encourage exploration into further research studies. Summer Scholars will be engaged for a total of 140 hours over an 8-week period between January and February 2019, working on a project under the supervision of one of the School’s leading researchers.

Scholars will receive a stipend of $2,000 to be paid in full on successful completion of the Summer Scholar programme.

The programme is open for applications from students enrolled in the following degrees:

  • 2nd & 3rd year BN Advanced Studies
  • 2nd, 3rd & 4th year Master of Nursing / Combined Degree (BA, BS Health & BS)
  • 1st & 2nd year Master of Nursing
  • 1st & 2nd year Postgraduate Coursework

Application forms can be downloaded here

Past Projects

Project Title

Project Supervisor

Reducing hospital acquired pressure injuries (HAPI): A review of current practice within the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD). (HAPI Study)

Dr Timothy Wand

Evaluation of a clinical leadership program in ethno-specific aged care services

Prof Yun-Hee Jeon

Caring for Carers of People with Heart Disease

Dr Janice Gullick

Understanding the experience of health care professionals in supporting adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients transitioning to palliative care: Insights from Australian and UK specialists

Dr Jacqueline Bloomfield

Cancer Patients utilization of the Emergency Department.(CaPED Study)

Prof Kate White

Perceptions of cardiac surgery scars in young adults: Experiences with the HEARTS4HEART young adults with heart disease photoshoot.

Prof Robyn Gallagher

Nurses’ perceptions of the nature and extent of nursing management of illness, injury and complications in the inpatient rehabilitation setting.

A/Prof Murray Fisher

Evaluating a Shared Care Pathway Intervention to Reduce Chemotherapy Outpatients’ Unplanned Presentations to Hospital.  (ESCAPI Study)

Prof Kate White

Important Dates and Timeline


Prior to the commencement of the Summer Scholarship, an information pack including the following documents will be provided to the student and project supervisor:

  • Expectations and Tasks
  • Authorship Statement
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Completion of Hours
Contact your project supervisor to introduce yourself and discuss a suitable commencement date, hours of work and to attain information on where your project will be located.     In reference to the 'Expectations and Tasks' form, discuss with your Summer Scholar student the duties and expectations you anticipate to be achieved throughout the project. Complete and sign the form.
Contact the RSU to request any equipment you may need for your Summer Scholar student i.e. desk space, computer.

January to February (Project Commencement)

The first day of the Summer Scholarship should commence with an induction. Please return all forms to the Research Support Unit (RSU) within the first week of your commencement.

Sign the 'Expectations and Tasks' form and return it to the RSU.                                                                                                                            Provide your student with any necessary background material on the area of research relevant to the project (e.g. introductory literature)
Sign the 'Confidentiality Agreement' form and return it to the RSU. In reference to the 'Confidentiality Agreement' form, discuss confidentiality and privacy in relation to research data and research data collection. Complete and sign the form.
If applicable, sign the 'Statement of Authorship' form and return it to the RSU. If applicable, in reference to the 'Statement of Authorship' form, discuss the issue of authorship or acknowledgement for any publication that may arise from the work undertaken during the Summer Scholarship. Complete and sign the form.
Provide additional induction requirements specific to the project i.e. Work Health and Safety

February (Project Completion)

A completion survey will be made available to both students and project supervisors to detail the experience of the program, as well as to clarify whether initial expectations were met.
*It is a requirement of the Summer Scholarship stipend payment to complete the survey.

Scholarship Payment

Scholarship holders will receive a stipend of $2,000 to be paid in full upon the successful completion of the program and the completion survey. It is the responsibility of the Summer Scholarship student to ensure bank account details are correct and up-to-date within Sydney Student. Please log in to Sydney Student and then click on the heading 'My Finance' to check your details are correct.

Research Support Unit (RSU)

All completed forms are to be returned to the Research Support Unit, either via scan to or in person to office A5.09 (Mallett Street Campus).

Summer Scholar students and Project Supervisors are encouraged to contact the RSU throughout the project should you have any concerns or queries.