Summer Scholarships


The Division of Natural Sciences at the University of Sydney offers a variety of Summer Scholarship opportunities for students in the 2nd or 3rd year of their undergraduate degree.

Summer Scholarships are a great way to gain research experience and an insight into research process while working alongside our leading scientific researchers. Research projects are available in most disciplines for a duration of between 4-6 weeks over the Summer holiday period (November-February).

The program is open to both current University of Sydney students as well as students from other Australian Universities. Each scholarship is valued at $497 (in accordance with APA rate) per week for the duration of the project. Students living outside of metropolitan Sydney may also be eligible for an additional scholarship - valued at $250 per week for the duration of the Summer Scholarship project - to assist with travel and relocation costs.

Summer Scholarships are available in the following research disciplines. Follow the links below to find information about summer scholarships in each of these disciplines:

Scholarship recipient profile

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Audra McMillan
Summer Scholarship recipient 2011 in the School of Mathematics and Statistics

Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)

"Having previously completed a Summer Scholarship with the School of Chemistry, I applied for one in Maths to help me decide what areas of research I was interested in. I worked with Dr Anthony Henderson on Combinatorics and attempted to prove a conjecture about the total positivity of a matrix related to a random process.

I enjoyed the research and found the most helpful part of the experience for me was the opportunity to write, revise and submit a paper to a journal which was accepted for publication.

The whole experience helped me decide what I wanted to research and now im at the University of Michigan completing my PhD in Pure Mathematics."

How to apply

  • Visit the website for the discipline/research area you are interested in and download the application form
  • Complete the application form
  • Include a personal statement no longer than one A4 page
  • Include a copy of your transcript (if not a University of Sydney student)
  • Submit by 4pm on Friday 28 August 2015

Important dates

Applications are currently open for the 2015/2016 summer period:

Applications open: Wednesday 1 July

Applications close: Friday 28 August

Offers made: Wednesday 30 September

Deadline to accept offer: Wednesday 14 October