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 since 2012, fostering opportunities for more than 135 undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students from all disciplines across the University.

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

The skinny

Do you want to know the ins and outs of applying and what to expect while participating in the program? Read our Q&As with Summer Research Scholars 2021 Davina Nair and Leyla Meharg.

Summer Research Scholarships 2023–24 

Applications for 2023–24 are now closed.

CPC Summer Research Scholarships 2023–24

$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.


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. Read the Terms and Conditions and FAQs
  2. Complete the CPC Summer Research Scholarship application form
  3. Ensure supervisors sign the CPC Summer Research Scholarship supervisor guidelines and agreement (MSWord 233KB)

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 project officer Rosanna Scaravilli.

Summer research scholarship

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

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