Summer research scholarships

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

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 open to all University of Sydney undergraduate and postgraduate coursework 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. Successful candidates will develop research skills, gain experience and contribute to finding real world solutions through eight weeks of paid research.

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.

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

Applications for 2016/2017 will open in September 2016.
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  • Weekly payment of $300 for eight weeks paid in two instalments
Number offered
  • Up to 10 scholarships will be offered
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
Other details
  •  Scholarships are for a period of eight weeks starting from November and concluding by the end of February (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 summary report of their findings and make a 15 minute research presentation
  • 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