Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarships

The ARC Centre of Excellence Undergraduate Summer Scholarships in Climate System Science are highly competitive scholarships intended to provide undergraduate students from Australian universities an introduction to cutting-edge climate science research at one of our five universities, or our national partners- CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology and Department of Environment.

Students should be in their second, third, or post-honours year and interested in pursuing honours or a postgraduate degree in climate system science.

Scholarships are available for students to conduct supervised research for a six-week period during the summer break from November to February, with a break around the holidays. The scholarships are valued at $3,800 for the six-week research project.

Scholarships are open to Australian and New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents, and international students currently enrolled in an Australian university.

Applications for summer 2016/17 scholarships are now closed.

Note- if you are interested in a project based at Monash University you must apply directly through the Monash University vacation research scholarship scheme. These applications close October 7, 2016.

If you have any questions about our undergraduate summer research scholarships please contact Graduate Director- Dr. Melissa Hart

Summer 2016/17 projects

Based at UNSW

Students interested in projects based at UNSW are encouraged to also apply through the UNSW Faculty of Science vacation scholarship scheme.

  • The role of the El Niño – Southern Oscillation for Australian droughts [More information]

  • Tropical Atlantic influence on the 2015/16 Super El Niño [More information]

  • Subtropical Mode Water variability in the Southwest Atlantic [More information]

  • What does remote sensing tell us about ocean characteristics around the Maritime Continent? [More information]

  • Socio-economic extensions to the UNSW climate model [More information]

  • Objective Identification of the North Australian Cloud Lines [More information]

  • Air quality impacts from hazard reduction burns [More information]

Based at University of Tasmania

  • The Madden-Julian Oscillation and the occurrence of Costa Rican “veranillos” and “días averanados” [More information]

  • Connectivity between the Maria Island National Reference Station and the adjacent shelf and deep-ocean regions [More information]

Based at the University of Melbourne

Based at the Australian National University

Students interested in projects based at ANU are also encouraged to apply through the ANU summer research program.

Based at the Bureau of Meteorology- this project is supported by the Department of Environment

  • Atmospheric chemistry climate model evaluation using ozone metrics [More information]

Based at the Bureau of Meteorology

Based at Monash University

(Please apply for Monash based projects directly through the Monash University vacation research scholarship scheme. Applications for this scheme close October 7th.)

  • Reassessing the initiation and predictability of El Nino events [More information]

  • Reconciling differences between satellite and observed ocean surface winds [More information]

Details of projects undertaken during previous summers can be found here.


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