Vacation scholarships

Vacation scholarships

The Vacation Scholarships

  • involve cutting-edge research during the summer vacation
  • are open to undergraduate physics students in Australia
  • have a scholarship of a tax-free stipend of up to $500 per week
  • are available in areas of research excellence
  • are typically awarded for 5 weeks in Jan – Feb

View a list of our previous Vacation Scholars and the projects they completed.

How to apply

Applications are now open for the 2016/2017 scholarships.

The application process comprises:

  • a completed application form (Word Document or PDF)
  • a covering letter
  • a copy of your academic transcript
  • your CV
  • contact details and references from two academic referees.

Projects on offer for 2016/2017

Characterising Distant Galaxies by way of Spectral Energy Distribution AnalysisMichael CowleyExtragalactic Astronomy 
Commissioning the Huntsman Telephoto Array Dr Lee SpitlerExtragalactic Astronomy 
Planetarium Education Curriculum DevelopmentProf. Orsola De Marco, Adam JoyceAstronomy and Education
Watch the watchman: A Very High Resolution Spectrograph for Calibrating SpectrographDr Christian SchwabAstronomical Instrumentation
A New Virtual Radio InterferometerDr Cormac PurcellRadio Astronomy, Interferometry, Software Simulations and Tools
A Nonlinear Optics Approach to Unidirectional LasersAssoc. Prof David SpenceLaser Development and Nonlinear Optics
Atomic Force Microscope Characterisation of UV-etched Diamond NanostructuresAssoc.Prof. Rich MildrenDiamond Photonics
Quantum Random Number GeneratorAssoc.Prof. Rich MildrenDiamond Photonics
Nonlinearity in Random LasersProf. Judith DawesRandom Lasers
Identification of Microplastics Using Raman SpectroscopyProf. Helen PaskLasers and Spectroscopy
Spectral Fingerprinting and Imaging Using THz RadiationDr Andrew LeeLasers and Photonics
Measuring the Brownian Motion of Micro Particles Suspended in a Magnetic Trap Dr James DownesThermodynamics and Instrumentation Physics
Engineering two photon states to study plasmonic structuresAssoc.Prof. Gabriel Molina-Terriza

Quantum Nanophotonics

For more information

Terms of the award

Selection procedures


Telephone: (02) 9850 8911

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