Summer Programs

Summer Programs

Summer Research Scholarships


Each year, the College of Engineering and Computer Science offers a number of Summer Research Scholarships, which are designed to equip high-achieving undergraduate students with the foundational skills and experience necessary to pursue a postgraduate research degree.  Students work under the supervision of a senior academic, and often in a wider group of researchers and PhD students, gaining hands-on experience of life as an academic researcher and stretching academic and personal boundaries.

Projects are intended to be completed over 9 weeks, from the end of November through to the end of January (excluding Christmas-New Year). Some students find themselves pursuing their line of research long after they have left the ANU, even building on their ideas to develop research proposals for a later MPhil or PhD program.

The details of the 2018/2019 Summer scholar program are as follows:


Dates: Monday 26th November 2018 to Friday 25th January 2019. Note that the University will be shut down between Tuesday 25th December 2018 and Tuesday 1st January 2019 (inclusive) for the Christmas-New Year period. 

Accommodation: students whose home universities are not in the ACT will be provided with catered on-campus accommodation in one of the ANU’s student residences.

Stipend: the tax-free stipend in addition to accommodation is AUD $135.00 per week.

Travel: students residing outside the ACT are eligible for reimbursement of one return trip from their home institution to Canberra, up to a maximum of AUD $1000 for students travelling from New Zealand. Original copies of tax invoices and tickets will be required.

Academic requirements: Students must demonstrate a GPA of 6.0 / 7.0 (or very similar) in order to be eligible for consideration.

Eligibility: The program is open to domestic and international students who are currently pursuing an academic program at a university in either Australia or New Zealand. Students should be in either their third or final (Honours) year. Students in second year or below, and students already enrolled in postgraduate coursework will only be considered at the discretion of the College.

Visa information: International students enrolled at a New Zealand university should apply for an Australian visitor visa (note: not an international student visa). The short duration and academic status of the Summer Research Scholarship means that it falls under the conditions of a visitor visa, as detailed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Academic credit: The Summer Research Scholarship cannot be counted towards the requirements of a formal academic program; it is a stand-alone project.

Information for ANU applicants: current ANU students are encouraged to apply for the Summer Research program, and should include their u-number on their application form. However, students already enrolled at ANU are not eligible for on-campus accommodation or travel reimbursement, and receive only the stipend amount.


Research projects and supervision

A preliminary list of projects for students to choose from is now available (please see the attached PDF below). Please note that the list of projects may be progressively updated. The list was last updated on Wednesday 29th August, 2018.

Students should contact prospective supervisors directly, to ensure that their desired project is available for supervision, and that the student has the requisite academic background to be considered. 

Other projects may be available from the CECS research student webpage. Students wishing to apply for a project from the student research page must contact the supervising academic to confirm that the project is available for supervision over the 2018/19 Summer period.


Application process

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

Students wishing to lodge an application should follow the link to the ANU’s main Summer Scholarships webpage, and then click on ‘Apply now’ once applications open on 1 August.

Students must indicate (i) their choice of College and (ii) their choice of project clearly on their application forms. Be sure to include the title of your chosen project and the name of your prospective supervisor.

Students must supply colour scans of official academic transcripts for all tertiary study, as well as two referee reports.  Applications will not be assessed without these documents.

Referee reports should be completed as per the template available on this site, and submitted by the referee to with a CC to Applicant transcripts should be submitted to the same email addresses.

Updated:  1 June 2019/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing