Undergraduate opportunities

Undergraduate opportunities

At the Charles Perkins Centre, we offer a select group of high-achieving students enrolled in any full-time undergraduate program, the opportunity to learn valuable research skills and learn from senior researchers.

Summer Research Scholarships

Engaging young researchers


The Charles Perkins Centre is committed to delivering real world solutions to some of humanity’s greatest health challenges: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions.

Finding these solutions requires unique collaborations between researchers from a variety of backgrounds and the fresh insights they bring.

The summer scholarships program is now open to all University undergraduate students, from any area of study and with any level of research experience.

Our summer scholarships provide students an exclusive opportunity to join the Centre’s mission and undertake paid research with leading academics in world-class facilities.

Your research project will contribute to the understanding, management or prevention of the individual and societal impacts of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions.

Successful candidates will develop research skills, gain experience and contribute to finding real world solutions through eight weeks of paid research.

“No matter background or discipline, we’ll find a way of weaving you into the work of the centre.” – Academic Director Professor Stephen Simpson

Applications for 2014/15 scholarships have now closed

Examples of previous projects

  • From preconception to pregnancy, and beyond: A systematic review // Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Bioinformatic analysis of insulin action // Bachelor of Information Technologies (Honours) / Bachelor of Science (Bioinformatics)
  • The rotten core of the diet and weight-loss industry // Bachelor of Commerce
  • Modelling the coordination of collective nutrition in ants // Bachelor of Environmental Systems
  • Improving strategies to communicate cardiovascular disease risk to adults with low health literacy // Bachelor of Psychology
  • Comparison of blood glucose assays in screening participants for the PREVIEW study // Bachelor of Science (Adv) and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Measuring the Oxidative Status of Adipocytes and Preadipocytes // Bachelor of Science
  • Using locusts as a model to understand the mechanisms controlling the uptake of nutrients // Bachelor of Science
  • Changes in glucose metabolism and insulin and mTOR signalling induced by branched chain amino acids // Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • EPO: Novel Treatment for Type II Diabetes? // Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery