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 for 2017/2018 are now open.

The application process comprises:

plus submit the following in one email to

  • a covering letter
  • a copy of your academic transcript
  • your CV

Applications close 29th September 2017.

Applicants must also arrange for two academic referees to email references directly to by 6th October 2017.

Projects on offer for 2017/2018

Remote sensing of water properties using Raman spectroscopyProf. Helen PaskPhotonics and remote sensing 
Spectral fingerprinting of microplasticsProf. Helen PaskPhotonics and Raman spectroscopy
Stellar Collisions, Outbursts and JetsProf. Orsola De MarcoAstrophysics of stars and fluid dynamics
Too big to rotate fast? Catching braking stars in their subgiant phase.Dr Chengyuan LiStellar evolution
Exploring the first ultra-faint imaging from the Huntsman telescopeDr Lee SpitlerObservational astronomy
Constructing a confocal microscopeDr Ben NortonPhysics teaching labs / Quantum optics
Quantum engineering using magnetomechanicsProf. Jason TwamleyQuantum theory
Quantum intelligent dynamicsProf. Jason TwamleyQuantum
Observatory and Planetarium Education Links (Primary)Prof. Orsola De MarcoAstronomy, Education
Observatory and Planetarium Education Links (Secondary)Prof. Orsola De MarcoAstronomy, Education
Nanopatterning of diamond surfaces using UV optical beamA/Prof. Richard MildrenNano-materials and optics
Quantum random number generation in diamondA/Prof. Richard MildrenPhotonics and quantum physics
Do event horizons exist?A/Prof. Daniel TernoBlack hole physics; quantum field theory
Spin-gravity coupling and equivalence principleA/Prof. Daniel TernoGeneral relativity and its extensions; relativistic quantum mechanics; particle physics
Building a fiber injection and guiding front end for MQ observatoryDr. Christian Schwab & Prof. David CouttsAstronomical instrumentation
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