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 and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Students should be in their second, third, or post-honours year and interested in pursuing a postgraduate degree in climate system science. Current Centre of Excellence students are not eligible for this scholarship.

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 (projects based at Monash are paid at $500/week for 6-8 weeks).

The following projects were undertaken during the 2013/14 summer:

Based at UNSW

  • Climate-carbon cycle interactions on centennial to millennial time scales [More information]
  • Spatial patterns of precipitation changes in a warming world [More information]
  • How will the Southern Ocean respond to Anthropogenic Forcing? [More information]
  • Future projections of heat waves [More information]
  • Biological production in the ocean estimated from satellite observations and Lagrangian modelling [More information]
  • Understanding the ‘memory’ of the ocean: examining large-scale ocean adjustment through satellite remote sensing [More information]

Based at University of Tasmania

  • Improved estimates of North Atlantic heat and freshwater transport [More information]

Based at CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology

  • Cool changes in Southern Australia (based at the Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne) [More information]
  • Ozone and Australian climate variability (based at the Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne) [More information]

Based at University of Melbourne

  • How much is climate change influencing Australia’s extreme temperatures? [More information]
  • Water vapour transport into the stratosphere due to the Australian Monsoon [More information]

Based at Monash University

  • Rossby waves and climate variability in southern Australia [More information]
  • The impact of modelled sea surface temperature errors on Australian Climate [More information]
  • A hail climatology for Victoria and associated proximity environments [More information]

Application for the 2014/15 summer will open in September 2014.

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



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