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 have now closed.  Applications will open in late August 2020 for 2020/2021.

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 awarded in 2019/2020

Scholarship AwardeeProjectSupervisorStatus
(Nov. 2019)
Dominic AgiusMagnetic trap for quantum sensing applicationsA/Prof James DownesUndergraduate at University of Sydney
James BainbridgeQuantum randomization of polarization states using Raman effects in diamondProf Rich MildrenUndergraduate at MU
Victoria BashuSatellites and streams in the halo of the Milky WayDr Daniel ZuckerUndergraduate at MU
Tara DunchSpatial coherence of sunlightProf David CouttsUndergraduate at MU
Katherine KinderSpectroscopy of levitated nanocrystalsDr Cyril LaplaneUndergraduate at MU
Jack NibbsExploring a new observing mode that would double the observing time for all optical telescopesDr Lee SpitlerUndergraduate at MU
Laura O'NeillMagnetic trap for quantum sensing applicationsA/Prof James DownesUndergraduate at UNSW
Lauren TaylorDeveloping a data pipeline for the MQ Learning and Teaching SpectrographDr Richard McDermidUndergraduate at UNSW
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