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Summer Research Scholarships

Medicine and Health and Health Sciences scholarships
This scholarship supports full-time students who are undertaking a summer research project at the Faculty of Medicine and Health or Faculty of Health Sciences.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
  • Full-time students in an Australian University
  • Studying any undergraduate degree or selected postgraduate degrees
15 August 2019 19 September 2019

How to apply

1. Review the available summer research projects and nominate three project preferences in the application form.

2. To complete the application form you will need to upload:

  • a one page cover letter outlining your reasons for applying and your interests in research 
  • your academic record including the official academic transcript for your current degree
  • your curriculum vitae (CV) 
  • a copy of your passport and visa if you are an international student.

3. An Academic Referee Report is also required as part of the application process. Complete section A and then forward the report to your academic referee who will complete section B and should submit the report to by the above deadline.

Applications are not complete until all documents, including the Academic Referee Report, have been received. If you have any questions about the application process email

For more information see the Summer Research Scholarships FAQs (pdf, 125KB). Apply here


This scholarship offers a stipend of $2500 (paid in two instalments at the start and end of the research project). This amount is the equivalent of a $312.50 per week allowance.

Students who receive this scholarship gain valuable experience researching alongside leading University of Sydney academics and researchers in state-of-the-art facilities.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled full-time at an Australian University on an Australian campus in either an undergraduate degree, Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Dental Medicine or alternatively be enrolled in a selected graduate professional entry master's degree at the University of Sydney (see terms and conditions below for more information)
  • hold an appropriate and valid Australian visa to cover the scholarship period if you are an international student
  • be available for the full eight weeks, taking into account the two week University closedown period over Christmas and new year.

The award of a scholarship will be subject to a competitive selection process based on a student's suitability to the project.


For the 2019/2020 scheme, the Faculty of Medicine and Health will award 72 Summer Research Scholarships and the Faculty of Health Sciences will award up to 10 Summer Research Scholarships. The scholarships are undertaken full time over eight weeks and can commence from 1 November 2019 and conclude by 21 February 2020.  

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established by the Faculty of Medicine and Health to provide financial support to students who are conducting a Summer Research Project at the University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine and Health or Faculty of Health Sciences.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an Australian University at the time of application in either an/a:

I. undergraduate degree,

II. Doctor of Medicine or equivalent, or

III. Doctor of Dental Medicine or equivalent, or

IV. graduate professional entry Masters degrees in the Faculty of Medicine and Health or Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney limited to:

i. Master of Pharmacy

ii. Master of Nursing

iii. Master of Diagnostic Radiography

iv. Master of Exercise Physiology

v. Master of Occupational Therapy

vi. Master of Physiotherapy

vii. Master of Rehabilitation Counselling

viii. Master of Speech Language Pathology

b. Applicants must be willing to conduct research full-time in one of the identified summer research projects available at the Faculty of Medicine and Health or the Faculty of Health Sciences. For the purpose of this Scholarship, full-time is defined as 35 hours per week.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

I. a suitability for a research project,

II. academic merit,

III. cover letter, and

IV. curriculum vitae.

b. The Scholarship will be awarded by a selection committee consisting of the supervisory team of each project, or their nominated delegates.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $2500 and is tenable for a period of eight weeks.

b. The Scholarship annual value will be paid in two equal instalments at the beginning and end of the summer research project.

c. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted.

d. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funds.

e. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. Not applicable.

6. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from the approved summer research project,

II. does not maintain satisfactory performance or conduct during the project,

III. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application,

IV. is awarded an alternative scholarship for their summer research project. In such circumstances this scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative scholarship where the alternative scholarship is of higher value, or

V. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or withdraws from the project, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed. 

7. Presentation and Reporting

a. Successful recipients of this Scholarship are required to complete an oral presentation on their research at the centre where their research is based.

b. Successful recipients must provide the following to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Research Office by 2 March 2020:

I. written report (1 - 2 pages maximum) on their research, and

II. a completed questionnaire.