Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Summer Research Scholarships - Information for students

UPDATE - all successful applicants for the University of Auckland Summer Research Scholarships have been advised by the  Scholarships Office  - please check "Externally funded" and "Other summer opportunities" for any currently advertised externally funded summer scholarships

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 (November – February), under the supervision of biomedical, clinical and public health researchers from the faculty. The scholarships provides a generous tax-free stipend of $6,000 to undertake the 10 week project.


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

When selecting a suitable student for a research project please be aware you must meet the University's eligibility criteria to be considered for a scholarship. Students must:

  • Be an undergraduate student who has completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree by the time of take-up of the award in December 2017. 
  • FMHS Medical students are eligible for consideration for this Scholarship only during years 2 and 3 of their degree enrolment.
  • Be a postgraduate student who is currently undertaking a postgraduate bachelor (honours) or postgraduate diploma programme.
  • Currently enrolled at a New Zealand university or are an international applicant who has enrolled in study in 2017.
  • 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).
  • Have identified a clearly defined project and suitable supervisor willing to supervise the project.
  • Have not previously held a Summer Research Scholarship (except in some circumstances). For FMHS - Students who have previously been awarded a 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.
  • Have not commenced a masters or doctoral programme or some taught postgraduate programme (check the regulations).
  • Are not completing a dissertation or thesis on an extension.

The full regulations for the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences are available online.

HOW TO APPLY   -   16 June 2017 closed

Projects available within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and also at the Liggins Institute will be advertised on the Summer Research Scholarship website. Take a look and shortlist those that interest you.

Read the Summer Research Scholarships Regulations and check that you meet the eligibility conditions for FMHS.

16 June – 30 July 2017 closed

Contact the supervisor by phone or email to discuss the research project. Note that each supervisor will have different methods of shortlisting a student - there is no fixed process. Students are advised to have on hand an up-to-date CV and academic record as some supervisors will wish to see one. For University of Auckland students please print out a copy out from Student Services Online or request one from the Student Centre. 

Once selected by a supervisor complete an online scholarship application. Applying for a Summer Research Scholarship is a two-stage process, please refer to the Summer Research Scholarship website for full instructions.



Externally Sponsored Summer Research Projects

Please visit our website to find out which projects have already secured funding for 2017/18! We will endeavour to list these opportunities as they are announced.  

Summer Research Scholarships hosted at the University of Auckland are sponsored by 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 the A+ Trust, Auckland District Health Board and the New Zealand Pharmacy Education and Research Foundation.

Students should be aware that the eligibility criteria and application process may vary between projects, please contact the primary supervisor to discuss further. Find out which research projects were funded by external sponsors in 2016.



Other summer opportunities in Auckland

In addition to the University programme, many external funding agencies including the Health Research Council, Leukemia and Blood Cancer Foundation 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.


View other opportunities available in and around Auckland this summer.



Successful students


Instructions will be sent to you with your scholarship offer. You will need to nominate a bank account for payments to be made into and we will require an official print out of your bank details.

The $6,000 stipend will be paid into your nominated account in instalments, since this is an educational grant it is not taxable. The final payment of $1,000 is contingent upon the submission of a written report from you along with a report from your supervisor, which must be sent to the Faculty Research Office by the deadline below.


Working arrangements

Start dates and hours of work are arranged directly with your supervisor. Please note that the University is closed for the Christmas break from 24 December to 4 January 2018. Access to labs/offices and any required equipment or software will be arranged by your host department or school.


Final report

You will be required to submit a final project report which signifies the completion of the scholarship. If the scholarship was supported by an external sponsor we will forward them a copy of the report. The deadline for submission of the both your report and supervisor letter is Friday 9 March 2018. The reporting template and guidelines are available below.

To support you write your report and understand the reporting requirements, we will be holding two information sessions; one at Grafton campus and another at Tamaki campus towards the end of January 2018:

Session 1

Dates and Times TBC

Session 2

Dates and Times TBC


Impact Report Template 2017
(112.1 kB, MSWORD)
Report Guidelines
(3.9 MB, MSWORD)


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’s 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 2016/17 winners!

2016/2017 Winners
(170.4 kB, PDF)
SRS 2016 Public Health Augusta Connor
Augusta Connor -SRS 2016 Wallath Prize - Public Health
SRS 2016 Clinical Steve DeSouza
Steve DeSouza - SRS 2016 Wallath Prize - Clinical
SRS 2016 Biomedical Victoria King
Victoria King - SRS 2016 Wallath Prize - Biomedical