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Summer research scholarships

Work with leading academics in our world-class facilities

The Charles Perkins Centre Summer Scholarship program is open to all University of Sydney undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students, from any area of study and with any level of research experience.

Our Summer Research Scholarships provide an exclusive opportunity for students to undertake paid research with leading academics in our world-class facilities. Successful candidates will develop research skills, gain experience and contribute to finding real-world solutions through eight weeks of paid research.

Applicants have the opportunity to design their own research projects that will contribute to the understanding, management or prevention of the individual and societal impacts of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions.

The program has been running for the past eight years, fostering opportunities for more than 80 undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students from all disciplines across the University.

In recent years this program has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Nicholas Catchlove Early Career Researcher Development Fund.

Applications for 2021-2022 will open on 6 September 2021 and will close midnight 26 September 2021.

CPC Summer Research Scholarships 2021/2022

$500 per week for 8 weeks

Up to ten scholarships will be offered.

  • You must be currently enrolled at the University of Sydney as either an undergraduate student or postgraduate coursework student.
  • This program is not available to students who are not enrolled at the University of Sydney.
  • Research project alignment to the Centre’s research strategy, mission and goals.
  • Interdisciplinary supervisory team, involving staff from at least two different disciplines in the design and supervision of the project. This can include the HRI and Centenary groups at CPC.
  • Achievable outcomes within eight weeks of full-time research.
  • Research project’s innovativeness and potential to seed new research and research collaboration opportunities.
  • Academic achievement of the applicant.
  • Scholarships are for a period of eight weeks during the summer vacation (October-February).
  • Successful candidates must prepare and submit a summary report of their findings and make a three-minute research presentation.
  • Students not eligible for Medicare must provide valid medical and hospital insurance for the period.
  • Research conducted may also be featured in Charles Perkins Centre publications and marketing.
  • Conditions of this program may change at short notice due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

All applications will be assessed by members of the Charles Perkins Centre Executive Committee against the CPC Summer Research Scholarships terms and conditions (PDF, 303KB).

  1. Complete the CPC Summer Research Scholarship application form (preview here)
  2. Ensure supervisors sign the CPC Summer Research Scholarship supervisor guidelines and agreement (MSWord 280KB)
The application form requires you to:
  • provide your personal details
  • outline your proposed project details
  • upload the CPC Summer Research Scholarships Supervisor Guidelines and Agreement signed by both supervisors
  • upload current academic record or certified academic transcript for students who do not hold a current University of Sydney academic record
  • upload evidence of health insurance for the scholarship period, if not covered by Medicare

Please direct any queries to the CPC Programs team on

Summer research scholarship

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