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 2018/2019 are now open.

The following are needed for the application process:

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Send an email to with
    1. a covering letter,
    2. a copy of your academic transcript, and
    3. your CV.
  3. Arrange for two academic referees to email references directly to

The deadline for the form and email has been extended to 1st October 2018, and the deadline for the referees is 5th October 2018.

Projects on offer for 2018/2019

Clumpy or smooth? Star formation in the Milky WayProf. Richard de GrijsAstrophysics
Flowers in the skyProf. Orsola De MarcoAstronomy
Spatial coherence of sunlight and moonlightProf. David CouttsOptics & Astronomy
Generation of multiple vortices in a non-paraxial beamDr Martin Ploschner and Dr Xavier VidalNanophotonics, beam shaping and angular momentum of the light (Experimental)
Low temperature spectroscopy of germanium-vacancy centres in highly strained diamondDr Lachlan RogersQuantum networks; quantum computing; solid state; photoluminescence spectroscopy; diamond
Let's see if this works: measuring blood flow with a mobile phoneDr Annemarie NadortEngineering, optics, phone applications, programming
Exploring the optical properties of bacteria for forensic science applicationsDr Annemarie NadortOptics, microbiology, spectroscopy, (big) data analysis
Data Pipeline for the MQ Uni Observatory SpectrographDr Richard McDermidAstronomy Instrumentation and Data Analysis
Assembly and Testing of the New MQ Uni Observatory SpectrographDr Christian SchwabAstronomy Instrumentation
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