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 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.
To apply- take a look at the projects available below, then complete the application form. You will be asked to list, in order of preference, up to three projects you are interested in working on. Applications for summer 2014/15 projects 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. Applications for Monash projects close October 13, 2014.
If you have any questions about our undergraduate summer research scholarships please contact Graduate Director- Dr. Melissa Hart
Summer 2014/15 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.
- How will the Southern Ocean respond to Anthropogenic Forcing? [More information]
- Finding NEMO in an El Niño [More Information]
- Predicting how Australian weather extremes will change with Global Warming [More information]
- Web-based climate model: A tool for science communication, policy decisions and teaching [More information]
- Can climate models make proper storms? [More information]
- Investigating relationships between mean temperatures and heatwaves [More information]
- Influence of soil moisture variability and trend on climate extremes in Australia [More information]
- Variability in an idealised oceanic western boundary current [More information]
- When does the city get hotter? [More information]
- Quantifying rain falling from East Coast Cyclones [More information]
- The past, present and future frequency of climate “hiatuses” [More information]
Based at University of Tasmania
- Estimating ocean-atmosphere transfer of freshwater in the North Atlantic, from satellite and Argo float data [More information]
- How does the Madden-Julian Oscillation affect extreme sea levels around Australia? [More information]
- Observations of Leeuwin Current eddies – 3D circulation and density structure [More information]
- Observations of Leeuwin Current eddies – Interaction of physics and biogeochemistry [More information]
- Understanding the return pathways of the upper cell of the Meridional Overturning Circulation [More information]
- The role of the deep ocean ventilation for the carbon uptake and storage in the ocean [More information]
Based at Australian Antarctic Division/University of Tasmania, in collaboration with the Department of Environment
- A decadal climatology of Antarctic tropospheric ozone intrusions [More information]
Based at CSIRO/University of Melbourne, in collaboration with the Department of Environment
- Very short-lived halogenated substance observations and modeling [More information]
Based at the Australian National University
Students interested in projects based at ANU are encouraged to apply through the ANU summer research program.
Based at Monash University
(Please apply for Monash based projects directly through the Monash University vacation research scholarship scheme. Applications for Monash projects close October 13, 2014.)
- Visualisations of the Dynamical Atmosphere [More information]
- Can reanalysis data capture upper-air observations over Antarctica? [More information]
- Extreme rainfall in southern Australia: link to moisture from the tropics [More information]
- Is the recent increased rainfall in north-west Australia represented in climate models? [More information]
Details of projects undertaken during previous summers can be found here.