Adelaide Summer Research Scholarships

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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.

Projects and how to apply

  • Duration and funding

    • At least six weeks during the summer vacation
    • Scholarships may be extended to more than six weeks subject to funding availability
    • Each scholarship provides a living allowance of $200 per week.
  • Available projects

    The diverse range of projects being offered by ECMS for the summer vacation period are listed in the ECMS Research Opportunities Guide.

    ECMS Research opportunities guide

  • Key dates

    • Monday 26 July – research projects advertised and applications open
    • Friday 17 September – applications close at 5pm
      Late applications will not be accepted.
    • Mid-November – outcome of applications advised
    • Late November/early December – Scholarships start (or as agreed by the project supervisor).
  • Testimonials from past participants

    Zizheng Pan, 4th year B. Computer Science 

    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.”

    Isabelle Greco, 1st year B. Mathematical Science (Advanced)

    “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.”

    Wenxuen Lee, 3rd year B. Engineering (Hons)(Pet) & B. Science

    “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.”

    Wahab Al-Kindi, 2nd year B. Engineering (Hons)

    “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.”

    Yang Xue, 2nd year B. Mathematical Sciences (Adv)

    “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

    1. Refer to the Scholarship rules to ensure you are eligible
    2. Search for an ASRS opportunity in our ECMS Research Opportunities Guide to find a supervisor
    3. Go to the online application link when applications open and download the Research Project and Supervisor form
    4. Approach your preferred supervisor and agree on a project and possible start date
    5. 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 and must be attached at the time of application
    6. Complete and submit your online application (attaching the Research Project and Supervisor form) before 5pmFriday 17 September
    7. Keep a copy of your completed application for your own records.

    Projects on offer

    We are offering a diverse range of scholarship projects across all of our schools, research centres and institutes. We encourage you to apply for more than one type of research project.

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