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.

Featured events: Presentation Day 2016

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 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.

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 2015/2016 are closed and will reopen in September 2016.


  • Weekly payment of $300 for eight weeks paid in two instalments
Number offered
  • Up to 10 scholarships will be offered for 2015/16
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 2015 and concluding by 26 February 2016 (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 22 March 2016 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 2015

Examples of previous projects

  • Aboriginal nutrition in an urban landscape // Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
  • The "Healthy Buddy" app // Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
  • Fitness and wearable technologies: is fashion the solution // Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • Testing the validity of food portion size estimation using finger measurements // Faculty of Health Sciences
  • The policy potential of the law in combating an obesogenic environment // Faculty of Law
  • Examination of the barriers in managing cardiovascular care for Indigenous populations // Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Development of NLG-based system to support people's cardiovascular health // Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
  • Enhancing food and nutrition security in resource-poor settings through the comparison of techniques for long term storage of eggs under village conditions // Faculty of Veterinary Science
  • Body composition adaptations to exercise and/or diet in Chinese cohorts: A systematic review of the literature and primary analysis of the Mandarin speaking sub-study within the Sydney Diabetes Prevention Program // Faculty of Health Sciences