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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.

Successful applicants will 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.

This year’s program has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Nicholas Catchlove Early Career Researcher Development Fund.

Applications will open in September 2020.

If you have any questions, please email

CPC Summer Research Scholarships 2020/2021

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 outside of the University of Sydney.
  • Research project alignment to the Centre’s research strategy, mission and goals.
  • Involvement of staff from at least two faculties or schools – which can include the HRI and Centenary research groups at the Charles Perkins Centre – in the design and supervision of the project.
  • Achievement of research project 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 over the summer vacation.
  • Students not eligible for Medicare must provide valid medical and hospital insurance for the period.
  • Successful candidates are to prepare and submit a summary report of their findings and make a five-minute research presentation.
  • Research conducted may also be featured in Charles Perkins Centre publications and marketing.

All applications will be assessed by 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
  2. Ensure supervisors sign the CPC Summer Research Scholarship supervisor guidelines and agreement (PDF, 74KB) 
  3. Ensure academic referees complete the CPC Summer Research Scholarship academic reference form

The application form will require you to:

  • fill-out your personal details
  • fill-out your proposed project details
  • upload the CPC Summer Research Scholarships Supervisor Guidelines and Agreement signed by both supervisors
  • upload evidence of health insurance for the scholarship period, if not covered by Medicare
  • upload current academic record or certified academic transcript for students who do not hold a current University of Sydney academic record.

Please direct any queries to the CPC Research and Education team on or +61 2 9351 5526.

Summer research scholarship

Find out more about what you could get out of a Charles Perkins Centre summer research scholarship.