Adelaide Summer Research Scholarships
The ASRS program is open to current undergraduate students, particularly those in the later years of their Bachelor’s degree who are interested in pursuing research studies in the near future.
The scholarships are designed to foster an interest in research by eligible students who might not have yet considered a career requiring an Honours Degree or Higher Degree by Research. The scholars will work with a research team to stimulate their enthusiasm for advanced study.
- Experience working closely with some of ECMS’s leading researchers on a ‘real’ research project
- Build strong rapports with potential Honours and PhD supervisors
- Spark your interest in research and potential career pathways requiring an Honours Degree or Higher Degree by Research
- Receive a living allowance while you’re doing it
- Obtain valuable work experience that you can include on your CV.
Projects and how to apply
Duration and funding
- At least six weeks during the 2020-21summer vacation
- Scholarships may be extended to more than six weeks subject to funding availability
- Each scholarship provides a living allowance of $200 per week paid in two instalments during the six week period.
The 2020-21 project catalog will be available when applications open on Monday 27 July 2020.
In the meantime, if you’re interested to see the diverse range of projects offered by ECMS last year, you can review 2020-21 Project Catalog here.
Key dates for 2020
- Monday 27 July – research projects advertised and applications open
- Friday 18 September – applications close at 5pm
Late applications will not be accepted.
- Mid-November – outcome of applications advised
- Late November/early December (or as agreed by the project supervisor) – start research project.
Testimonials from past participants
Harbin Institute of Technology at Weihai: "For me, the most important thing I learned from the summer research scholarship is that research needs enthusiasm and vigor, we need to engage ourselves to solve a complex problem and then need maths to verify the results. When the results come in, all efforts are worth it.”
“It was unbelievably enjoyable to tackle a problem where there were no answer sheets, no marks and no boundaries. You can really make a project whatever you want it to be, and explore an area you enjoy.”
“The experience was fun and challenging at times. It allowed me to implement my engineering ingenuity and create connections with other people, which is important for engineers and researchers alike.”
“I took the program at the end of my second year. It has prepared me for a course in my degree called Formation Damage, as the program presented some of the key concepts in this course, as well as solutions to real life problems faced by engineers. Dealing with the lab equipment and machines helps Honours students prior to their program.”
“The summer research experience lead me to understand deeper the knowledge and techniques I learnt before. And I am happy to have a great opportunity to use this valuable academic knowledge to make the world a better place.”
How to apply
- Access the online application form (available from 9am Monday 27 July) and download the Research Project and Supervisor Form to complete all required information
- Meet/contact the project supervisor(s) to discuss the project of your interest to check if suitable and a possible start date
- Finalise all required information on the Research Project and Supervisor Form and obtain the supervisor’s signature. If this is not possible to arrange, an email confirming their approval will suffice
- Complete and submit your online application (attaching the Research Project and Supervisor Form) before 5pm on Friday 18 September.
- Keep a copy of your completed application for your own records.
- Refer to the Scholarship rules for applicant eligibility and criteria
- The online application form will be available from 9am on Monday 27 July 2020
- Students can only submit ONE application online. If a student wishes to apply for more than one research project, a separate Research Project and Supervisor Form for each project must be attached (multiple forms can be attached). All attached forms must be completed and signed as required.
- If a student has submitted an application online and wishes to apply for an additional research project, please contact the Coursework Scholarships Office via email firstname.lastname@example.org
- All attached forms must be completed and signed as required. If it isn’t possible for the supervisor to sign the form, an email approving your application will be accepted. Please ensure this is uploaded with the Research Project and Supervisor Form.
- Please ensure to allow sufficient time to receive approval from the supervisor before applications close at 5pm on Friday 18 September.
- Students who are not studying at the University of Adelaide can apply for the Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship but must contact the Coursework Scholarships Office via email email@example.com after applications open on Monday 27 July 2020.
- Please note only completed applications will be considered. Please ensure the supervisor has signed/approved the Research Project and Supervisor form before attaching to your application.
When do the research scholarships start and finish?
Scholarship positions run between late November and February.
The scholarship period can be split before and after the Christmas break if desired, but the exact dates will need to be negotiated directly with your supervisor.
How many scholarships are offered each year?
The number of scholarships varies each year due to the availability of supervisors and a suitable research project within each school.
Can international students apply for these scholarships?
Yes, scholarships are available to both domestic and international students.
International students will be required to show a current visa permitting study in Australia beyond February 2021 to be eligible to apply for these scholarships.
Can non-University of Adelaide students apply for these scholarships?
Yes, scholarships offered by the ECMS Faculty are available to students who aren’t currently studying at the University of Adelaide as long as they are interested in pursuing an Honours or Higher Degree By Research (MPhil/PhD) with the University.
Are my grades considered in the application process?
Applicants should have completed at least two years (48 units) of study of their program, at a standard acceptable for admission to an Honours program. In exceptional circumstances, these scholarships may be awarded to students on completion of first year of the program, but only after consideration of the applicants who have completed second year.
However, due to the availability of suitable projects, scholarships may not be awarded strictly on the basis of academic merit.
Can a research internship or scholarship be credited towards the ‘Practical Experience’ component required for ECMS Undergraduate engineering study programs?
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