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Science scholarships

Opening doors to opportunities
Offering scholarships for both academic excellence and equity, we are proud to have the largest and most generous program of scholarships and prizes in NSW.

Allowing you to focus on what matters most, scholarships provide the financial security to pursue education with more freedom so you can immerse yourself fully in opportunities like volunteering, internships and club involvement.

We offer scholarships to support commencing and current undergraduate students, Honours students, postgraduate students and research students. Some scholarships are automatic based on your ATAR or equivalent, while others you will need to apply for.

Visit the scholarships website to view the full range of scholarships available. 

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Science Summer Research projects:

Denison and Science Research Experience Scholarships

The Science Summer Research program offers second and third year undergraduate students the opportunity to undertake supervised research projects during the Australian summer break. The program is a great way to gain research experience and an insight into research process while working alongside our leading scientific researchers.

Participants will undertake a formal supervised research project carried out full time over four weeks during the summer break (starting after the Semester 2 examination period and finishing before Semester 1 of the following year).

You will select from the list of available projects below (and successful applicants can work with the project supervisor to tailor the project to your interests and education level. You will complete a short assessment at the end of the project.

Participants in the program are awarded a summer research scholarship, to help support you while you complete the project. Applicants will automatically be considered for a scholarship, and must meet the scholarship terms and conditions.

Changes to 2020-21 Science Summer Research program

Due to changes to the dates of Semester 2, 2020 and current physical distancing requirements, the Science Summer Research program is changing for 2020-21.

Important Information

  • Only 90 places are available in the program.
  • The program runs from 18 January 2021 to 19 February 2021.
  • Project duration is four weeks. Projects are expected to be undertaken on a full-time basis (35 hours per week). A 5 week program period is set for the four week projects, to allow some flexibility in days and hours of work. These are to be agreed with the supervisor prior to the commencement of your project.
  • Applications are welcome from current University of Sydney students. or external applicants who reside in New South Wales. 
  • Applicants must have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 75. Please note that in some years the minimum WAM required to be offered a place is higher than 75, particularly where entry is very competitive.

View the Science Summer Research Program Projects (PDF, 341kb)

To be eligible for the program, applicants must:

  • Be a current University of Sydney student OR a domestic student from another Australian or New Zealand university and residing in NSW.
  • Be enrolled full-time in their second or third year of an undergraduate science degree and have completed a minimum of 96 credit points, or equivalent.
  • Have a strong academic record and a minimum WAM of 75, or equivalent.
  • Intend to go on to honours and/or postgraduate study in science
  • Have never received a Denison Research Scholarship before. 
  • Meet the Denison Research Scholarship terms and conditions (applicants will automatically be considered for the scholarship).
  • Be eligible to enrol in and complete the requirements of the unit of study Denison Research - DENR3901 in Intensive February 2021.

This program is highly competitive and unfortunately not all applicants will be successful.

1. See the full range of Science Summer Research projects available for 2020-21 (PDF, 341kb)

2. Gather your documents:

a. CV

b. Academic transcript or other official academic records confirming:

i. Your institution

ii. Your undergraduate science degree

iii. Statement of results and credit points completed, including an explanation of the grading system used

iv. Your Weighted Average Mark (WAM), or equivalent

v. If you do not yet meet the minimum credit point criteria but expect to by the end of 2020, you will also need to provide documents which confirm your current enrolment and study load.

c. External applicants may also need to provide documentation confirming your citizenship status.

3. Prepare your personal statements for each project to demonstrate:

a. Why you wish to apply for the project you have chosen and your aptitude for research in that area

b. Relevant academic and research achievements to date

c. How you feel the project would enhance your student experience and develop your research skills

d. How this experience may apply to future study or career pathways in science

4. Apply for the program, projects and scholarship in a single online application.

Key dates

  • Expected application open: 2 October 2020
  • Applications close: 18 October 2020
  • Scholarship offers emailed to successful applicants: From 10 November 2020
  • Denison Scholars start research projects: From 18 January 2021 
  • Enrolment deadlines for Intensive February 2021 session: Study dates
  • Denison Scholars finish research projects: By 19 February 2021
  • Denison Scholars submit final assessment: By 26 February 2021