Learn more about our scholarship opportunities

The Charles Perkins Centre offers a number of research scholarships open to undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD students.


Each year the Charles Perkins Centre offers up to 10 Summer Scholarships to high-achieving students. In recent years the program has been made possible thanks to the generosity of The Nicholas Catchlove Early Career Researcher Development Fund.

Successful students undertake eight weeks of paid research over the summer to realise innovative and collaborative project ideas that contribute to the understanding, management or prevention of the individual and societal impacts of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions.

The scholarship is open to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students who are currently enrolled at the University of Sydney, from any area of study and with any level of research experience.

This scholarship is unique, as no projects are specified for applicants to choose from. Instead, students are encouraged to develop and submit their own research project ideas in-line with the Charles Perkins Centre research strategy, mission, and goals.

Applications for 2023-2024 have now closed.

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The Charles Perkins Centre is proud to offer a unique opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are interested in an exclusive opportunity to conduct research that will contribute to the understanding, management, or prevention of chronic health issues prevalent in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students who demonstrate a keen interest in research will be supported to develop their own research project or work with supervisors on existing projects. Over eight weeks of paid research, students will develop research skills, gain experience and contribute to finding real world solutions.

This program has been made possible thanks to the generosity of Dr Virginia Hood.

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Charles Perkins Centre – Summer Research Scholarship