Summer Research Program Applications

The Summer Research Program at ANU is an exceptional research opportunity for undergraduate students, providing insight into what studying Honours or a postgraduate research degree is all about.

For scholars, it's about networks, friendships, and fun! Our program extends beyond libraries and laboratories to workshops, forums and social activities within the summer scholar community. Many previous scholars tell us the Summer Research Program is a memorable experience that helps clarify their decision to continue on to Honours study or a higher degree by research. The combination of world-class facilities and specialist research environments, leading researchers and an excellent community program provides scholars with the perfect blend of education and fun!

Program Dates

The program is scheduled to commence in November 2018 for about eight weeks, finishing in late January 2019. 


The scholarship program is offered as a funded study option, and gives you the opportunity to stretch your academic and personal boundaries by undertaking your own research project during an eight week summer program. The scholarship includes:

  • full board on campus
  • a weekly allowance
  • return travel to Canberra
  • an opportunity to undertake a short research project on an approved topic.


The internship program is for ANU students only and is similar to the scholarship program but with variation to the funding provided to recipients. An intern has access to the summer research scholar community activities and events, workshops and the University support services and will receive a certificate of recognition at the completion of the program.

The cost for campus accommodation is generally not covered for interns though interns are offered the same weekly living allowance as scholarship holders only with limited or no funding towards travel. Offers are made subject to the availability of funding and appropriate supervision and the internship conditions may vary at the discretion of individual Colleges or academic areas.


  • Undergraduate students in their third or final year of their degree or Honours students, and currently enrolled at an Australian or New Zealand university.
  • Other students, including outstanding second year students who are intending to complete an Honours degree, or postgraduate students may also be considered at the discretion of individual ANU Colleges/Academics areas.


Applications open on 1 August 2018 and close at midnight 31 August 2018.

Applications must include two academic referee contact details and a current full colour scanned academic transcript. Applications will not be assessed without accompanying references and academic transcript.

Current ANU students do not need to supply an academic transcript when submitting an application.

Students can nominate two ANU Colleges in their application. Each ANU College must be ranked in numerical order of preference.

Note, all application documentation must be received by the University by midnight 31 August for your application to be considered complete. If the University does not receive all the required documents of your application your application will not be assessed.

Offers will be made in late September/early October. 

Step 1
Conditions of award

Note the conditions of award are located on this page under 'Resources'.

Step 2
Choose a research project

Choose one or two research areas or projects. Each College participating in the program has its own list of available research projects.

College websites

Visit the College websites for more information on their summer research offerings:

Step 3
Get your referee reports

In order for your application to be assessed, you must ask two academic referees to complete the referee questionnaire form supporting your application and return it by 31 August to

This form is included as part of the Reference documents above.

Step 4
Complete the application form

After sending your referees the referee questionnaire to be returned by 31 August, start the application by listing the academic area and project, ANU supervisors, and uploading your current full colour scanned academic transcript.

Once you have submitted your application successfully, you will be given an application number. You should quote this on any documents you email to the University or with any communication regarding your application.