Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Summer Research Scholarships - information for students

The purpose of the University of Auckland - Summer Research Scholarship scheme is to give senior undergraduate students an inspiring first experience of research. The scholarship gives students the opportunity to work within a research environment, mixing with researchers and postgraduate students who are working at the forefront of their fields.

Scholarship research projects are completed in a 10 week period over the University summer (December – February), under the supervision of biomedical, clinical and public health researchers from the faculty. The scholarships provide a generous tax-free stipend of $6,500 to undertake the 10 week project.

The University of Auckland summer research projects are now open

There are also further projects available below through external funders - see the links below * Externally sponsored summer research projects and Other summer opportunities in Auckland


  1. You'll gain and practice research skills under individual supervision and mentorship. Experiences gained in previous scholarships have included:
    • Exposure to authentic case studies
    • Participation in project meetings
    • Practice in data collection, analysis, literature reviews, reviewing techniques and mind mapping 
    • Learning to use specialised software
    • Acquiring specialist laboratory and presentation skills
  2. The research experience adds significant value to your CV and will improve your career opportunities – in some cases even leading to a career in research.
  3. Previous summer students have found that the research experience improved their confidence about undertaking postgraduate studies and in many cases directed them to a potential supervisor. 
  4. Some summer students have become co-authors of presentations at international conferences and articles for publication in academic journals.
  5. You'll gain great networking opportunities with students from other courses and enjoy extensive interactions with research staff and the international community of scholars.
  6. You'll receive a tax-free $6,000 scholarship stipend paid directly into your nominated bank account.

Student eligibility

To meet the University's eligibility criteria to be considered for a scholarship you must:

  • Be an undergraduate student who has completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree by the start of the award in November/December.
  • MBChB students are only eligible for consideration for this Scholarship between years 2 and 3 of their degree enrolment. MBChB Year 3 students who have applied to enrol in the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours) (BMedSci(Hons)) year for the following year are eligible for consideration. Students must have enrolled in the BMedSci(Hons) in order to take up and be paid the Scholarship.
  • MBChB students who have been admitted to the MBChB under the graduate entry programme may be eligible for consideration between Year 1 and Year 2 of their MBChB enrolment and should contact the faculty to discuss their eligibility before applying.
  • Be a postgraduate student who is currently undertaking a postgraduate bachelor (honours) or postgraduate diploma programme.
  • Have not commenced a masters or doctoral programme or some taught postgraduate programmes (check the regulations).
  • Are not completing a dissertation or thesis with an extension.
  • Be currently enrolled at a New Zealand university or are an international applicant who has enrolled to study.
  • Have a Scholarship GPA of 6.00 or above over the two most recent years of full-time graded study (or equivalent). A calculator, offered by the Scholarships Office, is available to staff and students to assist with checking GPA eligibility. Māori or Pacific students are required to have a GPA of 5.5 or above over the two most recent years of full-time study (or equivalent).
  • Generally, you shouldn’t have held a Summer Research Scholarship previously (for exceptions, check the regulations).
    For FMHS - Students who have previously been awarded a UoA Summer Research Scholarship will not be eligible to hold a second Summer Research Scholarship unless the second scholarship is funded by the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences or offered by an external funder.
  • Are not seeking employment as a tutor during Summer School or will not be in paid employment either inside or outside the University during the tenure of the Summer Research Scholarship.
  • The project undertaken as part of the scholarship must be clearly defined and have a suitable supervisor willing to supervise the project.


HOW TO APPLY7 July until 12 August

  1. Read the Summer Research Scholarships Regulations and check that you meet the eligibility conditions for FMHS.
  2. Projects available within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and at the Liggins Institute will be advertised on the Summer Research Scholarship website. Take a look and shortlist those that interest you.
  3. Complete an online scholarship application, please refer to the Summer Research Scholarship website for full instructions of how to apply and dont forget to submit the application!!



Externally Sponsored Summer Research Projects

Please visit this webpage to find out which projects have already secured funding.  This website will be updated regularly.

In addition to the Summer Research Scholarships funded by the University of Auckland the faculty is fortunate to have wide support for the summer research scholarship programme from a wide range of funders. Our sponsors range from private benefactors to charities to businesses and these sponsors will often choose to sponsor projects which have special meaning to them. Previous sponsors include:

  • A+ Trust
  • Counties Manukau District Health Board
  • Waikato District Health Board
  • New Zealand Pharmacy Education and Research Foundation
  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine
  • Cure Kids
  • Heart Foundation
  • Hope Foundation
  • Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust

Some of these sponsors are now administered through the University's scholarship scheme and are available directly from the website summer.ac.nz. Students should be aware that the eligibility criteria and application process may vary between projects, please contact the primary supervisor to discuss further.



Other summer research projects available

In addition to the University programme, many external funding agencies including the Health Research Council, Heart Research Institute and Neurological Foundation offer summer research scholarships and internships. We have collated information on the available schemes and encourage students to apply for these too if they are eligible.

Please be aware that a student may only hold one summer research scholarship at any time, should you receive multiple offers you will need to select which scholarship to accept.


"Other Opportunities" available in and around Auckland this summer.



Details for successful students

Congratulations on being awarded a summer research scholarship! Please read through the instructions below to arrange payment of your scholarship stipend and the requirements for final reporting. Start dates and hours of work will be arranged directly with your supervisor and access to offices/labs through your host Department/School.


Workshops Available - details will be provided in November.

Summer Research Projects - Final reporting

Students are required to submit a final project report which signifies the completion of the scholarship. We will contact your supervisor directly for a supervisors report which they will forward separately to healthresearch@auckland.ac.nz.

The deadline for submission of the report is end of February. The reporting template and guidelines are available to download.

Please submit as one PDF document with the title 'LASTNAME, Firstname - SRS report [Year]' to healthresearch@auckland.ac.nz.  

Submission of a satisfactory report by the deadline date is necessary to receive the final portion of the scholarship stipend. Payments will usually be made in March following processing and review of the reports.


Summer Research Projects - Final report exemplars

Please see below some exemplars of previous summer research projects.  Please also look at the Scholarship Impact Reporting Framework which will assist you with your writing.

Please note these reports are for internal use only and are to assist you with the style, structure and layout of your Impact Report.  The contents must not be shared with any external party without the supervisors and students written permission 


(69.4 kB, MSWORD)
(142.7 kB, POWERPOINT)
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Wallath Prize  

As a key part of the scholarship, students are asked to complete a final report detailing and discussing the research they have conducted, its significance and the impact it has had on their development.

Sponsored by the Wallath Trust, the Wallath prize of $750 is awarded to the student with the top ranked research report in each project category -biomedical/clinical/public health. Congratulations to our 2018/19 winners!



Ana Renker-Darby and her supervisor Sarah Gerritsen -SRS 2018 Wallath Prize - Public Health
Nicola Kluger - SRS 2018 Wallath Prize - Clinical
Micah Rapata - SRS 2018 Wallath Prize - Biomedical