Our Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships offer students the opportunity of collaborating with our scientists. Applications for the 2016/2017 Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships are now closed.
About our Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships
Our Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships are run over the Australian summer holidays and offers high achieving and promising undergraduate students the opportunity to collaborate with leading CSIRO scientists in our world class facilities.
These prestigious scholarships are highly sought after. Every year we offer around 100 opportunities to eligible undergraduate students in a number of scientific disciplines.
Beyond their scholarship, students may progress to further opportunities with us. In the past, some students have been offered paid employment; others have had the opportunity to undertake their Honours or PhD projects jointly with us. In fact, several of our very senior managers can trace their history with the organisation back to a summer vacation scholarship.
What the scholarships offer you
Students will have the chance to work on a real project in science, engineering or a related field such as science communication. Placements are full time and typically begin in late November or early December and can be from 8 - 12 weeks in length.
Successful applicants are able to expand their skills and knowledge and there are often opportunities to attend conferences and training courses during their time with us. Students are usually required to write a report on their work experience and have the opportunity to make a presentation to their peers and supervisors at the end of the scholarship.
Vacation students will be paid a stipend and in some cases may also receive a contribution towards travel and accommodation costs.
Requirements and eligibility
Vacation scholarships are intended primarily for students who:
- are currently enrolled at an Australian university
- have completed three years of a full-time undergraduate course preferably in science or engineering however exceptional second year students may be considered
- have a strong academic record (credit average or higher)
- intend to go on to honours and/or postgraduate study.
When to apply
Applications for our 2016/17 Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships are closed.
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