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.

This is where you fit in.

The 2014/15 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 close 30 September 2014




  • Weekly payment of $300 for eight weeks paid in two instalments

Number offered

  • Up to 10 scholarships will be offered for 2014/15

Selection criteria

  • Academic achievement of the applicant
  • Proposed project alignment to Centre’s research strategy, mission and goals
  • Proposed project involves staff from at least two faculties in design and supervision
  • Proposed project creativity and potential to seed new research and collaboration opportunities
  • Proposed project achievement of project outcomes within eight weeks of full time research
  • Australian or New Zealand citizen, holder of an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa or an International student
  • Currently enrolled in fulltime undergraduate programs at the University of Sydney
  • Students currently enrolled in a research-based Masters or PhD program or who have been awarded a research-based Masters or PhD degree are not eligible to apply.

Other details

  • Scholarships are for a period of eight weeks between 24 November and 27 February 2015 (with University shutdown over Christmas/New Year)
  • Students not eligible for Medicare must provide valid medical and hospital insurance for the period
  • Successful candidates are to prepare and submit a 250-word summary of their findings before 23 March 2015 and make a 15 minute research presentation at a later date
  • Research conducted may also be featured in Charles Perkins Centre publications and marketing


  • All applications will be assessed by the Charles Perkins Centre Executive Committee

  • All applicants will be notified by 30 October 2014


How to apply

Interested students should download and read the scholarships guidelines (PDF 85KB), then comlete the following components by 5pm 30 September 2014.

  1. Complete application form
  2. Submit the following documents to info.perkins@sydney.edu.au
    - One page outline of proposed research project
    - Current and certified academic transcript
    - Curriculum vitae (summary of work experience and relevant activities)
    - Health insurance details, if required.
  3. Request your academic referee complete the confidential academic reference form

Please direct any queries to Charles Perkins Centre Senior Project Officer (Education):
T +61 2 8627 1436
E info.perkins@sydney.edu.au

Projects available

Students are invited to develop a project to study or apply for a specific project designed by Charles Perkins Centre academics. A full list of summer scholarship projects is available online, with four currently on offer in the Complex systems and modelling theme.

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