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Learn more about our scholarship opportunities

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


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.

Applications now open.

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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 all University of Sydney undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students, 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 are now closed.

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The Charles Perkins Centre Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Physical Activity and Sleep supports students to conduct research into the links between physical activity, sleep, and health.


This scholarship provides a stipend allowance of $30,000 per year for up to one year, subject to satisfactory academic performance. No extensions will be allowed.


You must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen
  • have an unconditional offer to study a full-time PhD in the Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • be willing to conduct research into the links between physical activity, sleep, and health
  • also hold an honours or master's degree as outlined in the terms and conditions
  • be able to demonstrate skills and qualities as outlined in the terms and conditions
  • apply for the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship, and other relevant scholarships.

Applications close 19 September.

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Charles Perkins Centre – Summer Research Scholarship