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 2019/2020 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 is 11.59pm Wednesday 9 October 2019, and the deadline for the referees is 11.59pm Wednesday 16 October 2019.

Projects on offer for 2019/2020

Developing a data pipeline for the MQ Learning and Teaching SpectrographDr Richard McDermidAstronomy, data software
Magnetic trap for quantum sensing applicationsAssociate Professor James DownesMixed quantum and condensed matter
Exploring a new observing mode that would double the observing time for all optical telescopesDr Lee SpitlerObservational astronomy
A fibre feed and telescope frontend for the Echelle spectrograph at the MQ observatoryDr Christian SchwabAstronomical instrumentation
Spatial coherence of sunlightProfessor David CouttsAstronomical instrumentation
Spectroscopy of levitated nanocrystalsDr Cyril LaplaneQuantum Physics and Optics
Quantum randomization of polarization states using Raman effects in diamondProfessor Rich MildrenQuantum Photonics
Study of galaxies in cosmological simulationsDr Lee SpitlerAstronomy and Astrophysics
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